YourCityBike has been renting out bicycles in central Amsterdam since we started in May 2017. We provide customers with high-end, sleek and discrete city bikes, and information about the best places to take them.
What marks us out from the rest is our dedication to helping customers experience this extraordinary city like locals not tourists: armed with anonymous wheels and knowledge gained from our staff’s familiarity and affection for Amsterdam. While you’re here, it will truly feel like your city and your bike.
Bikes are an integral part of Dutch culture. They’re fast, fun, and have a profound effect on health and mental wellbeing. Our founder and owner, Pawel Trawicki, had a vision of a business which would translate his passion for cycling to all those who visited the bike capital of the world. Moreover, he wanted to create an environment that was welcoming to its customers, and treated its staff like family.
As the business grows under his careful leadership, the concept and direction gradually become clearer. We now stock top of the line touring bikes to open up the rest of the Netherlands for exploration, and are working on bike tours and bike delivery – ideas that have come from paying careful attention to customers’ needs. Longer term, Pawel hopes to spread the concept across other cities in Europe: exporting his idea and a little bit of Dutch culture.
We’d like to encourage anybody visiting Amsterdam to stop by our shop and give it a try, even if just for a few hours, and see what all the fuss is about. Oh, and don’t leave it till the last day – chances are you’ll wish you had the bike from the start!
Pawel was an early starter when it came to entrepreneurship. Since the age of 14, he and his father, Joseph, would regularly travel between Poland and the Netherlands to sell flowers. Whatever was left over, Pawel would sell door to door. These early ventures and his work in the bike industry developed in him a keen eye for business – an eye which spotted a gap in the Amsterdam rental market.
His empathy for customer needs and endless determination to surpass their expectations has made YourCityBike what it is today. That vision continues to develop week on week. At its core is a commitment to his customers, his staff, and to cycling. Despite his tireless dedication to building and refining every facet of the business, Pawel still finds time to shoot pool and have the team round to watch Ajax lose.
Andrea was your typical go-getter young professional – fresh out of university and working in California. What she thought was a short trip around Europe rather threw a spanner in the works of a budding digital marketing career.
In short: she met Pawel around YCB’s inception where they instantly started collaborating on the future of the company. Andrea has worked tirelessly to deliver the clarity of voice, brand, and product of the business. You’ll find her doing any and every job in the shop or office, and still finding time to make sure the team never go hungry.
Despite his youth, Picassito boasts five consecutive Employee of the Month titles. Whilst his success has called into question the fairness of the award system, there’s no doubt he is the most beautiful of this gorgeous bunch.
Half jungle cat, half Asian tiger, Picassito is a social being who enjoys the finer things in life: be that stealing food from the fridge or lapping up attention on the shop counter. He pulls his weight by keeping YourCityBike free from flies and mice, and protecting the bikes from other cats.
Geography knows no bounds for Chris. An internship in Aruba hasn’t put him off from his role in the business development of YourCityBike.
He applies his academic and vocational experience in business and bike rental to the long term branding of the company.
We admire him for his inhuman ability to work hard while living among the sandy beaches of the Caribbean island. When he’s away from the desk, he’ll most likely be found shredding a guitar solo with his band.
If you’ve had a glance through our reviews, you’ll be wondering who the mysterious Nicholas is, and whether he really is as cool as everybody says. Unbelievably, he surpasses even that. Hailing from the Caribbean island of Bonaire, his chilled out manner and cheeky sense of humour have an uncanny tendency to soften even the stoniest of hearts.
The bikes he’ll sort you out with are perfectly maintained thanks to his efforts, and his recommendations cover the coolest, quirkiest spots in town. Both an expert martial artist and masseur, Nicholas would be first on your list of people you’d want on your side in a bar fight or to be trapped on a desert island with.
David has embarked on his fourth decade on the Earth, but you wouldn’t believe it from his cheeky smile and strawberry blond locks. Both an adept shop manager and a man of the people, no task is beneath him, nor beyond his abilities.
He brings experience from the jobs he’s worked in the Philippines, Greece, and Vietnam (and the romantic attachments that led him from place to place). A master of tupperware, he long ago unlocked the secrets of healthy and portable meal management.
He’ll usually be found somewhere between Utrecht and Amsterdam, or journeying to some remote and beautiful place.
Lara is our very own multi-tasking polymath. Importing her skills from her home in New Zealand and her extended wanderings in North and South America, she can do everything from changing brake fluid, to programming spreadsheets, to charming our customers – all at the same time.
No stranger to adrenaline, she joins us from a couple of seasons skiing and biking in British Columbia. Whilst the flattest country in Europe might seem an odd choice for someone most at home in the mountains, she loves working with bikes and the customers who ride them.
We often get reports from residents of Kerkstraat and customers approaching YourCityBike of loud, uncontrollable laughter issuing from the shop. The culprit is none other than our very own Carl. Whether customer or staff, it’s not easy to resist his infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour imported from all the places he’s lived and from an endearing pedantry one associates with psychology students.
Carl is the sort of guy who’d nail interstellar travel but forget how to tie his shoelaces. When he’s not working, you’ll find him riding his bike whilst musing on philosophy: doubtless a dangerous combination.
Once front-of-house, the team decided Dave was better placed out of sight of paying customers. He’s our very own in-house writer crafting everything from our blogs to our web content. In his spare time he works on the title of his first novel (though he’s apparently ‘a long way off’).
You’ll usually find him cycling round for inspiration or in a cafe typing blogs. He’s often heard from afar practising his Dutch with dangerous and unfounded levels of overconfidence.
Amusu has been with us since the birth of YourCityBike. He’s helped out with the July and August rush during the summer vacations from his psychology and physiotherapy degree at Utrecht university.
When he’s not studying or working in the shop, you can be pretty sure he’ll be climbing his way up a rock face or mountain. His consistently upwards trajectory stands as a metaphor for his high ambitions – at least he likes too think so.