In the City of Bikes
The Story of the Amsterdam CyclistBook - 2013
Chronicles the author's exploration of Amsterdam on his bicycle, which offered a respite from the financial struggles of beginning life in a new country with a new bride, and looks at the evolution of cycling in the Dutch city.
Pete Jordan, author of the wildly popular Dishwasher: One Man’s Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States, is back with a memoir that tells the story of his love affair with Amsterdam, the city of bikes, all the while unfolding an unknown history of the city's cycling, from the craze of the 1890s, through the Nazi occupation, to the bike-centric culture adored by the world today
Pete never planned to stay long in Amsterdam, just a semester. But he quickly falls in love with the city and soon his wife, Amy Joy, joins him. Together they explore every inch of their new home on two wheels, their rides a respite from the struggles that come with starting a new life in a new country.
Weaving together personal anecdotes and details of the role that cycling has played throughout Dutch history, Pete Jordan’s In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist is a poignant and entertaining read.
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"While my peers treated obtaining a driver's license as a vital - almost universal - rite of passage, I was uninterested in cars. My classmates eagerly became motorists, while I remained a devoted cyclist. As I grew older, bike riding continued to fascinate me far more than car driving."
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