In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist
By Pete Jordan
paperback, 448 pgs.
Pete Jordan, author of the wildly popular Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States,
is back with a memoir that tells the story of his love affair with
Amsterdam, the city of bikes, all the while unfolding an unknown history
of the city's cycling, from the craze of the 1890s, through the Nazi
occupation, to the bike-centric culture adored by the world today.
Pete never planned to stay long in Amsterdam, just a semester. But he
quickly falls in love with the city and soon his wife, Amy Joy, joins
him. Together they explore every inch of their new home on two wheels,
their rides a respite from the struggles that come with starting a new
life in a new country.
Weaving together personal anecdotes and details of the role that cycling has played throughout Dutch history, Pete Jordan's In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist is a poignant and entertaining read.