In 2017, Brandon joined his wife Tatiana on a trip to The Netherlands. She had some work to do there and they figured why not combine the travel for a bit of vacation time. What Brandon couldn’t have known at the time, was that this trip would forever alter his life and spark a curiosity to learn more about functional cycling, and ignite a passion for the simple pleasures of getting stuff done while riding a bike. Thus the @AmericanFietser on Twitter was born.
The Dutch, have a couple of different words that apply to cyclists. They use the word Fietser to refer to a person who rides for everyday purposes such as meeting one’s daily needs. While they use the term “wielrenner”, literally wheel runner, to describe a sport cyclist or racer.
Enjoy this ride with Brandon!
Additional Helpful Links:
American Fietser blog
BicycleDutch – Mark Wagenbuur
Not Just Bikes – Jason Slaughter
Work Cycles – J.C. Lind Bike Co.
Defining Opafiets and Omafiets (step-through frame) blog post