Friday, 3 September 2010

Bicycle Mania Holland - book review

A few weeks ago I met Shirley Agudo, the author of "Bicycle Mania Holland."

Shirley is American. She originally came to this country due to work, but when she had a choice, she chose to live here.

The photos, taken by Shirley herself and three contributing photographers, are really rather wonderful. They're very varied, and show every type of person on every type of bike in every type of weather, carrying every type of impossible cargo. But most of all, they're pleasing on the eye.

The accompanying text gives a short and easily read introduction to cycling in the Netherlands. Why it happens, what other countries could learn from Dutch practice.

The website of the book is here, and it can be ordered from the publisher here.

If you want to see a bit of Dutch cycling without visiting the country, perhaps this book should be on your Christmas list.

9 comments:

Matt said...

David,
Are pink skirts and Hawaiian shirts required attire for men cycling in the Netherlands?

How does one get into a Sinner mango elegantly wearing a tutu?

David Hembrow said...

Matt, one of the advantages of the Mango is that no-one can tell if you're wearing a tutu :-)

freewheeler said...

I was a bit surprised to see that the book's website shows naked Dutch cyclists in an urban setting.

Presumably this was not a protest about safety and vulnerability like the naked bike rides in Britain and the USA?

The Dutch Naturists Association having a day out?

David Hembrow said...

I was a bit surprised to see that too. I've yet to spot a naked cyclist here myself - perhaps I just ride in the wrong places ?

Frits B said...

It might have been helpful to explain that most of the photos in this book were taken in Amsterdam. And Amsterdam is NOT representative for the Netherlands as a whole :-). In every respect.

Mark said...

@ Freewheeler well it is the same organisation as the rides in Britain and the USA so probably for the same reasons after all...
see this report in English.

Amsterdamize said...

re: naked riding in NL: it's either a day out for naturists, indeed, but last few years even Dutchies take part in the World Naked Bike Ride event. And there's only one place to do that, Amsterdam...although from my own experience (spectator) & people's reactions, it doesn't really have the impact they seek. Aside from not wanting to imagine the discomfort of riding like that ;)

PS: I had to pleasure of meeting Shirley a few times, not in the least because one of my pics won the Bicycle Mania photo contest :)

Stingy Jim said...

Another advantage of a Mango there too... no-one can tell if you're naked ;-)

Severin said...

I guess this is on my list along with the Assen transformation book. Thanks for sharing, I do however plan to see all the Dutch bike glory in person someday...