The following provides some general information on cycling in Holland what to expect when biking in or around Amsterdam.
Many of the routes on Biking Amsterdam are day-routes, so it's important that you properly plan your outing and bring some things with you. Several of the routes leave the city center and venture out into the scenic countryside, where you can find yourself several kilometers away from amenities such as food, water, or toilets.
For some of the longer routes, here are some suggestions on what to bring:
The Netherlands is a very flat country and most of the bike routes experience a change in elevation by only a few meters. Most of the uphill is short sections where you ride up onto a bridge over a canal, for example.
Therefore, not a very high degree of fitness is required and riding a bike in and around Amsterdam can be done by almost anyone.
There are several options for biking with children in Amsterdam depending on the age of the child.
There are plenty of places around Amsterdam that rent bikes, all of which require some identification and a credit card or deposit. If you are staying at a hotel, check with the hotel staff to see if they have some bikes for guests to use.
For a list of Bike Rental Vendors around Amsterdam, visit the I Am Amsterdam website.
There are companies who offer tours of Amsterdam and the surround areas of North Holland. For a detailed list, visit I Am Amsterdam.