In the City of Bikes by Pete Jordan

In The City of Bikes

In the City of Bikes
The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist
By Pete Jordan
isbn 9780061995200
Pub. date 4/16/13

Synopsis: “When Pete Jordan arrives in Amsterdam to study how to make America’s cities more bicycle-friendly, he immediately falls in love with the city that already lives life on two wheels. His new bride, Amy Joy, joins Pete, and despite their financial hardships and instability, she eventually finds her own new calling as a bicycle mechanic as Pete discovers the untold history of cycling in Amsterdam.”

This is a wonderful memoir that weaves the author’s personal story with lots of fun facts about present day Amsterdam and the Amsterdam of the past.

The story is interesting from a human perspective as we learn about Amy Joy and Pete trying to make the adjustment to married life while learning to adjust to a big city in a new country. As expected, life isn’t always easy. Their journey has ups that we can cheer for and downs that we all can relate to.

While the book focuses on bikes in Amsterdam, we really get a good look at the whole history of the country from the late 1800′s to the present day. We see the first bikes being used for fun by those who could afford them and then as a trendy pastime when they became more common. We then see them being used for more practical purposes during the Nazi occupation and to help make work easier.

In the City of Bikes will appeal to book fans who enjoy any or all of the following: memoirs, history, culture and bikes. It is a wonderful journey through the city’s past and present.

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48 comments for “In the City of Bikes by Pete Jordan

  1. April 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

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    April 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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  5. Michele H.
    April 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm

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  6. Jean Sagarese
    April 6, 2013 at 5:33 pm

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  7. Nancy
    April 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I’d love to read a book about this wonderful city!

  8. Ann Fantom
    April 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm

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  9. Liene
    April 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm

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    April 6, 2013 at 7:54 pm

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  17. Jan P.
    April 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I’m a bicyclist and history buff. This book sounds like a great read.

  18. Brigette Streeper
    April 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I love books about different places in the world.

  19. Robert Lloyd
    April 8, 2013 at 6:33 am

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    April 8, 2013 at 12:31 pm

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  25. Bob Peterman
    April 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    One of the worlds great cities with one of the best types of transportation systems. Can’t wait to read this book.

  26. Carolyn Colley
    April 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm

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  27. Christine W
    April 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

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    April 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm

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  31. Teresa
    April 13, 2013 at 6:10 am

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  33. April 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm

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  34. April 17, 2013 at 5:53 am

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    April 17, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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    April 18, 2013 at 6:53 pm

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  38. Susan Smith
    April 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

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  39. Ed Nemmers
    April 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I would love to read the work of Pete Jordan!

  40. Amanda
    April 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Would give this to my brother who is a bike fanatic

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    April 19, 2013 at 9:45 pm

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    April 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm

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    April 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

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