The Phantom weighs 68 lbs., has a Bendix
2-speed hub, and 26" X 2.125" tires. The
bike worked perfectly for the 235 miles
I rode it. The wide tires did not get
caught in any streetcar tracks, which
other narrower tires did.
Bikes are as common as lawnmowers in the
Netherlands, and the Dutch people did
not notice the Phantom. People from
other countries where bikes are not so
common, did. Salomon (Miss Spain 1989)
thought it looked very nice.
Shipping the bike to and from the
Netherlands cost $41. This was the cost
of 2 shipping boxes. KLM Royal Dutch
Airlines ships bicycles weighing less
than 100 pounds for free. The boxes were
available at Atlanta and Schiphol
Airports. They were good for 1 trip. It
was easy to push the boxed bike to the
baggage check-in desks.
Most people think of the Netherlands as
being flat. We managed to find hills to
go up. The hills were like those on the
route from my house to Stone Mountain
Park, so I could climb the Dutch hills
without trouble. I was even passing some
of the other people on their 40 lb., 21
speed hybrids made by Gazelle.
This year's group consisted of 16
people. They were from Germany, Italy,
Spain, England, US, and the Netherlands.
The ages ranged from 25 to 65. This kept
the cruising speed at about 14 MPH,
whcich is slightly slower than I
normally ride. The Dutch people were on
the tour because they liked to ride
around without hauling their luggage
everywehere. This type of tour is great,
as people only have to unpack
The weather was excellent, temp range
was 60-75 degrees, and no rain. It
really felt good to cycle through the
forests when the temp was 65
The Heart of Holland route went from
Amsterdam through Utrecht, Arnhem,
Deventer, Kampen, Harderwicke, and
return to Amsterdam, with numerous stops
in smaller towns.
Best stop- Kroller Muller museum with
about 50 Van Gogh paintings on display.
Second best stop-Muiderslot Castle,
built about 1350 at the mouth of the
Most surprising stop- Estate of Kaiser
Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany who
helped start WWI. Holland was neutral
then, and granted the Kaiser asylum when
he abdicated in November, 1918. He lived
in Holland until his death in 1941,
chopping trees and maneuvering without
success to restore the monarchy in
Germany. The house was in perfect
condition, not a speck of dust anywhere,
nor any wear to any item in the house.
It was seized by the Dutch government in
1945, and is a museum.
Funkiest sight- A group of Hare Krishnas
in a procession going up Damrak St. in
Amsterdam. They were feeling good and
feeling right on Saturday night. I was
tempted to join them, but decided that
owning stock in Texas Instruments and
Dell Computer would make my life better
than chanting and ringing bells.
I greatly enjoyed this trip, and am
ready to go on another next year.
Cycletours has 6 different routes, so I
can go on 4 more. It is really nice to
leave 97 degrees in Atlanta for 72
degrees in Holland.
To look at the pictures I took: