To complete my Dutch experience while living here, I've decided: IT'S TIME TO GET A BICYCLE!!
The weather now is too good not to bike around town, plus I'm also fed up of walking everywhere. I don't get very far. HAHAHA!
Now that I'm on a bicycle-hunting mission, I've also had Queen's song playing in my head the past couple of days. Y'know the one... Bicycle Race... "I want to ride my bicycle... I want to ride my bi-cyyyyy-cle!"
Here's an apt video I found of someone cycling around Amsterdam. See what I mean by how pretty it is?
Because the government here encourages the use of bikes, I found out that they'll actually reimburse you half the price of any bike you buy as a tax break. WOW! Progressive innit.
SO... my bike obsession has led me to discover the coolest store. This dude actually customizes recycled bikes. It's much better marketing than saying he sells second-hand bikes. HAHAHA! And he's very clear that he doesn't sell stolen bikes coz he doesn't wanna support that "industry". Also, it's illegal to buy a stolen bike here. Apparently the cops can stop you on suspicion of riding a stolen bike and if you can't produce a receipt as proof, your bike gets confiscated.
I got really excited when I saw some of the bikes he has customized before.
I mean... HELLO?! They look better than any brand new bike! Plus, the best part is not only am I being environmentally friendly by riding a bike, I'm reducing my environmental impact EVEN MORE by getting a recycled bike (and did I mention even with the customized job, it's still half the price of a brand new bike?!)
Hello, McFly? I'd be an idiot not to do it!
So I've been eye-balling bicycles in the street even more than usual... just figuring out what I want my very own bike to look like.
I know I want a traditional Dutch bike.
BUT... of course it's gotta have the Jaime take on it. HAHAHA! I'd probaby swop out the wicker basket for a mesh one in the front:
And I want the rims and spokes in hot pink. Maybe the seat too. Or the basket. Kinda like this bike, but I'd make the white bits black. I was thinking of white and hot pink like this bike... but it's a little bit too Barbie. Just a tad.
I kinda like all-white tyres too, but that would be too much. Maybe black tyres with the white edge like this.
That's probably pushing it too. I just wish I knew how to work proper Photoshop so I could have a proper play. In any case, it's still fun dreaming up what my bike's gonna look like.
If I get somewhere with a colour palette by Monday, I should be able to be riding around town in my new swanky bike a week later. WHOOHOOO!!
Oh... Did I mention that once the dude's done with the paint job that I'll probably be sticking rhinestones on the handlebars too? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Might as well go all-out, guns-a-blazing BLING!!