Klaas is the kind of guy you’d hope to cross paths with in Europe: friendly, easy going, a primary school teacher with a penchant for spending time with friends and family.
Oh yeah, then there’s also the small matter of his 15 bikes.
Surprised? Don’t be. This is Amsterdam, after all; a city where – statistically speaking – every one of its 813,000 residents owns 1.082 bikes (and yes, that includes newborns). It should come as no surprise that here, in what is often referred to as the cycling capital of the world, you’ll find the unofficial godfather of peer-to-peer bike sharing.
“It’s really nice to let people explore Amsterdam [by] bike,” says Klaas, referring to a Spinlister account that’s almost literally glowing with 5-star reviews. Having accommodated well over 100 rentals to visitors from around the world, Klaas knows a thing or two about bike sharing in the Dutch capital. And he’s not shy about espousing its benefits.
“Biking in Amsterdam is effective, surprising, healthy and great fun,” he says. “In a short time you can explore so much.”
It’s this passion for discovering his city on two wheels that makes Klaas and his 15 classic Amsterdam bikes such a draw for out-of-towners. That and the price. At $5/day and $20/week, it’s immediately apparent that he’s not doing this for the money. Cycling is as much a part of contemporary Dutch living as cafe-sitting is for the French. Klaas simply wants to give interested parties a chance to get in on all that cultural goodness.
If you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam this summer, considerer reaching out and requesting one of his trusty cruisers. As one of his customers recently commented:
“Easy to book, and Klaas was very flexible, even though our flight was delayed nearly one hour. Pick-up place near Centraal is perfect. We were received warmly, and with a good introduction to the bikes, which were great. We had an amazing time biking around Amsterdam. We will recommend Klaas to our friends and family who visit the city, and when we return, we will definitely rent our bikes from him again!”
In the end, isn’t that what this whole sharing economy thing is all about?