Hans Groen's Bicycle Pages

On these pages, you find advice on the maintenance of your bike, descriptions of some tours we made, a.o. to Paris, through Umbria and Toscany, in South-East England (Brighton, Isle of Wight, Salisbury, Oxford, Cambridge), my thoughts on bicycle politics, and a growing list of gps-tracks.

I bought my first ten-speed in 1980. The year before I had made a biking holiday to England -- the first holiday I spend on my own -- and I wanted to have something smarter than the average Dutch bike. I bought a black RIH (still made in the Westerstraat, Amsterdam), a Dutch brand which is famous for the indoor bikes they make. I still have this bike. I had it repainted and almost completely rebuild -- only the handlebars and the seatpost are now original, and the frame of course.
In the mean time, I also bought a mountain bike, first an American Eagle (now disappeared in the company which owns the brand, Concorde) and later on a Presto (it seems they don't make their own bikes anymore), partly because I did not really enjoy using the American Eagle (without being able to say why; I think the frame is a bit too long), but now we have at least two good bikes to go on a bike trip together.

Most of my advise is based on my trips with the RIH, but I did do some good trips on the American Eagle as well. The Presto has not been on a long distance adventure yet. Travelling on the RIH has always been a pleasure, though it had some problems with a rim which led to frequent broken spokes in the beginning. I learned how to repair the bike while on the trip, with the result that I never bring my bike in for repair.
On these pages, you find advice on maintenance of your bike, descriptions of some trips we made, a.o. to Paris, through Umbria and Toscany, in South-East England (Brighton, Isle of Wight, Salisbury, Oxford, Cambridge), and a growing list of gps-tracks.

Elsewhere on the web:

www.fietsersbond.nl/ ...
The website of the Dutch Bicycle Association, the Dutch advocates for policies and facilities that promote the use of bicyclists.

www.treinreiswinkel.nl/trein_en_fie ...
A link to information on taking your bike on the train in Europe. The website is in Dutch.

www.sfu.ca/cstudies/urban/PDFs/Mar2 ...
A presentation I gave in the SFU City Program, Vancouver 2007