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AMS - Bike Rental For Spotting?  
User currently offlineRWY-16 From Switzerland, joined Dec 2000, 106 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3605 times:

Dear fellow enthusiast,

I am thinking of visiting AMS in spring/summer 2006 and would like to use a bike instead of a rental car. Do you know where one could rent a bike at or near the airport? I am planning to stay in the IBIS hotel near Schiphol. Thank you very much for your assistance.

Andi

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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3600 times:

That sounds like a very good idea! Why hadn't I thought of this?

Andy  old 



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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3943 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3576 times:

Andi,

Several of the more expensive hotels around Schiphol seem to do bike rental, but it might be expensive and impractical or impossible if you don't stay there.

At the railway station in Hoofddorp, I think you'll have to be a member of the Public Transport Bike scheme. I don't know if you can arrange this on the spot.

There are several bike shops in Badhoevedorp or Hoofddorp. They may not do rental, but I guess it should be possible to buy a secondhand bike and sell it back to them again for a reasonable price, perhaps one of these:

http://www.fietsgigant.nl/show_pic.php?pic=01.jpg&dir=001

Hope that helps,

Peter  Smile



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User currently offlineIngemarE From Sweden, joined Mar 2005, 285 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3556 times:

I'd go for this one!!
http://www.fietsgigant.nl/001/images/178.jpg

 

Seriously though,...not a bad idea at all.
Problem is, when you're about to leave Amsterdam and you want to get rid of it,....your position to negotiate is somewhat weakened. Wouldn't you say?  Wink
The "Must sell"-statement, then takes on a whole new meaning!

[Edited 2006-01-30 13:06:10]


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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3943 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3539 times:

 biggrin 

Oh, I was thinking of trying to pre-arrange this: 'What price will you buy it back for in a week, if I don't damage it of course?' Should be possible I think.



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User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 48
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3539 times:

Hehe... Then I'll be waiting at terminal on the day you leave. I'll take it off your hands for a 'nice price'. Big grin

User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

Can't you take your own bike (assuming you have one).


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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4679 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3510 times:

why not do it like every student in AMS, go to a local bikesalesmen (often called a 'junkie') and buy the bike (wich is cheap), and when you go just leave it for the next one. That is how bikes in Amsterdam work  Wink.


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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3943 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3434 times:

Jurgen,
That is called fencing, and that bike may be my property.  frown 
Of course, you can obtain or rent a bike easily in the city, but obviously Andi isn't planning to see Amsterdam's paintings, canals, and other attractions.  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineIngemarE From Sweden, joined Mar 2005, 285 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

Quoting IL76 (Reply 5):
Hehe... Then I'll be waiting at terminal on the day you leave. I'll take it off your hands for a 'nice price'.

That was sort of the thing I was afraid of!  Big grin

 idea 
There should be a "spotters bike-pool" in Amsterdam. A bike (or two) gets locked down at the same place everytime a spotter leaves it. That spotter sends the keys for it to the next one having plans to visit EHAM according to a booking-schedule,...and so on.....
You get my drift boys?

Stoopid idea, I know.  frown 
That bike would've gotten nicked in nooo-time!!  irked 



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