Our Easter Tour: On Folding Bikes In The Freezing Cold

Over Easter we went on a short bike tour through the east of the Netherlands with several friends. There were six of us in total, riding four folding bikes and two ‘big wheel’ touring bikes.

Easter cycling Tour

It was unseasonably cold (barely above freezing during the day) but despite the chilly weather we had a super time riding from Arnhem to Roermond. Below you’ll find the short film (in an English and a Dutch version) to tell the story.

Thanks to our friends Stijn, Shane and Marieke & Anthony for the great company, and to the lovely owners of the Landgoed Geijsteren and Raayerhof campgrounds, where we stayed in trekkers huts so that we wouldn’t have to suffer through sub-zero temperatures at night.

Here’s the film in English:

And in Dutch:


  1. Steve Jones
    2nd April 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Great! I am especially envious of that last scene where you just put the bikes in what appears to be a special bike compartment on the train! Wow! Wish we had those here in Japan where you have to get your bagged bike in a space with what seems like 1000 commuters all squashed into one car!
    But…we still do it in the name of cycling!

  2. Jammie Tai
    3rd April 2013 at 3:42 am #

    Hello, I am a great fan of your blog and I have a foldie which I want tour it in the Netherlands this autumn. Can you advise me which size is the Ortlieb panniers you are using? I haven’t bought mine cos I am unsure which size to get for my folding bike? Thanks a zillion.

    • friedel
      3rd April 2013 at 6:13 pm #

      Depends on your bike, really. We have a set of Roller Plus panniers (40L capacity, the pair) on the back of the Dahon bike.

  3. Jeff Katzer
    4th April 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Great fun. Your little guy is the same age as my youngest grandson. I have five grandsons and everyone of them has loved the bike trailer. Just back from a bike trip two days ago…(got a story and video on my blog) I’m headed off camping with my grandsons in 1-1/2 weeks. PS: I love your blog and anxiously await more podcasts. Kat

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