The author in Winter mode

The author in winter mode

Tad is a fairly normal guy who, like most other folks, has some quirks.  This blog is about his particular obsession with riding a hulking Dutch bike to work.  Tad doesn’t do this to save the world or limit carbon emissions, he does it because he likes it.

His home, Minneapolis, is regarded as one of the top three bike-riding cities in the USA.  That would mean something if the USA was a bike riding nation, but it’s not.  Still, with my beloved Dutch “Opa” or Bakfiets, and some common sense, biking about town is quite safe.  It beats going to the gym or getting ridiculously fat puttering around in a Hummer.

Tad lives with his wife, Lisa, and their two sons, Marek (6) and Silas (3). 


13 responses to “About

  1. Tad –
    Sweet blog.

    Do you know of any stores in the twin cities with a good selection of Dutch style bikes? I live/work downtown mpls and would like something for my 1.5 mile commute that would work year round. I’m currently riding a 29er mtn bike.


  2. Tad, I’ve been looking intently at these Dutch bikes. I know that Varsity Bike right by the U is a location for Azor/Workcycles, but they don’t keep any of the bikes on the premises unless someone has specifically ordered one, I guess. Do you think it would be possible for me to meet up with you at some point and see your bike to help me decide whether or not I will purchase one?

  3. Hi, Eric.

    I’d be happy to meet with you and show you the bikes. I’ve got a Workcycles Opa and a Bakfiets and have seen all of the other models both in Chicago and Amsterdam. A buddy of mine close by also has a Secret Service that we could roll out.

    Shoot me your email and I’ll be in touch. Mine is tsalyards@gmail.com


  4. Absolutely love this blog. Just discovered it yesterday and read every single post! Please continue doing what you do and setting a good example of how to approach riding and “advocacy.”

    As the other commenters expressed interest in, and something that would definetely be an interesting read would be about how to get a nice practical bike. I am curious as to the price ranges and availability as well as the options.

    Thanks for breathing some fresh air into all I read about riding!

  5. Thanks for your kind words, Phil. Great idea for an article. I will put that on the front burner for an upcoming article.

  6. Another thing I would like to add is that you could include a bit in the article about how the difficulty of getting a practical bike for the common person might hinder the growth of cycling. When the only bikes widely available are mountain bikes, road bikes, and track bikes, what does that imply? Obviously there is something wrong when people need to ask you how to get practical bikes–they should be easy to find, affordability is also very important!

    (PS: I am currently planning on getting as my next ride at Calhoun Cycle, which seems to be more of a practical bike shop relative to other shops in the Twin Cities.)

  7. Something went wrong with that link… should’ve been “Linus’ Roadster Sport” as the link.

  8. The Linus is a neat ride. I’ve never ridden one, but here are my immediate observations:

    1) It needs a chain case or chain guard at a minimum. Bikes with fenders but no chain guard make absolutely no sense to me. Otherwise you still have to worry about getting your pant leg stuck in the chain.
    2) The frame geometry is more akin to an English 3 speed than a Dutch bike. It’s a matter of preference but the Linus’ handlebar configuration will not have you fully “upright.”
    3) If this is the style of bike you’re interested in and you don’t need a huge frame, check the used bike stores in town. An older Raleigh is basically the same bike.


  9. Hi, I came across your site and wasn’t able to get an email address to contact you. Would you please consider adding a link to my website on your page. Please email me back and we’ll talk about it.


    Mandie Hayes

  10. Hi there,

    We, http://www.anddutch.com, have just launched in the US and Canadian markets. We specialise in predominately original dutch design bicycles and accessories. It might be of interest to you. To the owner of the blog…could we send you a press-release please. Please send email to anddutch@gmail.com

    Thank you.

  11. Melissa Grassi

    Hi There,

    I am casting an American TV show called House Hunters International and thought you and your family might like to feature on it.

    ‘House Hunters International’- a travel and property show currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America. The program shows a house hunt where a couple and their real estate agent tour 3 homes and then chose one.

    You can watch some examples of the show here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reYI3L3lC-c – Barcelona from LA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrB0kYLCQjo – Hong Kong from Cincinnatti

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOiump3__Mo – Vienna from California

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh0Q6DYe3QM – London from South Africa

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLmhKEzm5kg – Dubai from Illinois

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hety7cF7k0g – Czech Countryside from Prague

    The way we make the show is by finding a local estate agent to show the couple three properties. One of these will be the house that they have recently rented, the other two will match their budget and wish-list. The agent will tour the couple round the three properties and, we reveal which property they decided on.

    Best wishes,


    House Hunters International

    T: +44 (0) 20 7704 3300
    1-3 St. Peter’s Street, London, N1 8JD

  12. Hi, Mandie. You can contact me at tsalyards@gmail.com. Sorry it took me two years to reply 😉

  13. Thanks for your note. Should we ever get close to needing a property we will surely contact you. Thanks!

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