Visiting the Mothership: WorkCycles in Amsterdam!

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When I purchased my most beloved WorkCycles Oma, little did I know I would be visiting the mothership four years later, hanging out at the home of the founder and his family.

Lucky for me, Henry, the owner of WorkCycles, is a very cool guy.  When I told him Trisha and I would be visiting Amsterdam, he was absolutely welcoming. He and his wife opened their home to us our first night in town.  After a scenic bike ride with his children, a delicious dinner, and a crash course in navigating the city, he sent us off on two lovely WorkCycles for the remainder of our visit. It was so nice to spend time in someone’s home after being on the road for so long!


Henry maps out Amsterdam for us

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With Henry

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Biking to Henry’s

We were both so impressed with Pascal’s riding skills—at just four years old, he was navigating the streets on his own like a pro. Henry’s wife is from Japan, so both children speak three languages: English, Japanese and Dutch. Which made conversations with 2-year-old Pia especially interesting!

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Henry’s adorable, bike-loving children

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Pascal’s custom ride

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Pascal, best four-year-old cyclist in Amsterdam—nay, the world!


Here we are with our adopted WorkCycles. Cycling Amsterdam like locals rather than on bright red rental bikes was cool, and being totally comfortable with handling Dutch bike helped us navigate the crowded bike paths with ease.

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Dottie on her first ride


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Trisha on her loaner bike

Now here is a special tour of the WorkCycles shop. This place was warm, welcoming, and packed full of goodies!

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Bike specials of the day!

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OMG! A baby Oma!


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Family of four? WorkCycles has a bike for that!

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The front office

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Communal table

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Bike pulley


On the day we returned our bikes (so sad) the weather had turned out chillier than we anticipated. Perfect timing to get some cozy WorkCycles hoodies—which have been favorites for both of us ever since.

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Booking it home after we’d returned our bikes—thank goodness for the hoodie.

If you are ever in Amsterdam, we highly recommend a stop by WorkCycles!

Visit the WORKCYCLES website.

Visit Henry’s blog, BAKFIETS EN MEER.

Thanks, Henry!

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19 thoughts on “Visiting the Mothership: WorkCycles in Amsterdam!

  1. Dave says:

    When we were in Amsterdam a few years ago, we rented bikes from a place near Dam Square, and they were really kind of crappy, didn’t work completely, and had big signs on the front and crappy lights. I would second the notion of renting from WorkCycles if they have bikes available and you’re not on a super tight budget, it really would be worth it.

    Sadly, we didn’t get a chance to meet Henry and crew while we were there, as we were with another friend for whom that wasn’t really interesting. But, we’re slowly starting the process of immigrating, so with a little luck and a lot of work, hopefully we’ll still be able to make that happen :)

  2. Perthbiker says:

    I love your photo “Henry and his family”. It might be the perfect summary of what so many of us would like to see on our roads.

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  4. Sarah W. says:

    So awesome! Thanks for letting me experience it vicariously.

  5. Sarah W. says:

    So awesome! Thanks for letting me experience it vicariously.

  6. Steven Vance says:

    What week did you go? I hung out with Henry a bit at the shop. I want to compare my photo with your photo of the daily specials – I have a feeling it doesn’t change much!

    Henry loaned Brandon and I bikes for our 2.5 day trip there. I also bought my Fr8 directly from the source and brought it home on KLM airlines.

    • Dottie says:

      Wow, I’m impressed by the thought of hauling a Fr8 on an airplane!
      We were there around the third week of October, if I remember correctly. Given the detail on the specials chalkboard, I imagine they do not change it much. :)

  7. Jennifer in Scotland says:

    Very exciting to see the birthplace of Oma!

  8. anniebikes says:

    I love that baby Oma. So cute!

  9. meligrosa says:

    hahaa the mothership. pretty much<3
    thanks for sharing the fotos, would LOVE to visit one day in the near future, so cool. that shirt with the little family monsters is way too cute :))

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