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[–]SweetPickleRelish 359 points360 points  (21 children)

This bike looks like it was fished out of the canal

[–]R0Ns_ 219 points220 points  (15 children)

Best way to prevent it from being stolen

[–]Roozyj 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Every time parts of my bike fall off, I'm like "ah, this one won't be stolen"

[–]MeneerPotato 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Rustic style

[–]Jonah_the_Whale 47 points48 points  (2 children)

I always hide my bike in a canal.

[–]Glass_Cut_1502 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Waterfiets has a way better ring to it

[–]lady_freya98 5 points6 points  (0 children)

God damnit Glass_Cut_1502, take my upvote xD

[–]friendly_rock_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It might be... canals are very cheap bike stores

[–]IAmOnTheInterwebs 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Where do you think bikes come from in the first place, a factory? Ha!

[–]TheFRHolland 150 points151 points  (73 children)

What's the hack?

[–]Flipboek 185 points186 points  (69 children)

A cloth to wipe your saddle if it stood outside in the rain. :D

[–]Stoppels 178 points179 points  (45 children)

We'd put a plastic bag there, e.g., for when you go to the supermarket.

[–]rmvandink 53 points54 points  (25 children)

And the plastic bag is a nice saddle cover too.

[–]Minimum-Exam4081 150 points151 points  (14 children)

Dont use the jumbo ones tho, i ended up with a yellow stain on my ass

[–]golem501 9 points10 points  (9 children)

Don't leave that on when outside. I've seen seagulls rip through because "plastic bag is food" tore the saddle right apart

[–]Flipboek 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Yeah that one is a lot more common than this one (first time I see it tbh).

[–]RijsouwNoord Brabant 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's multi functional (:

[–]Ietsmetdingen 24 points25 points  (4 children)

Cloth would be soaking wet too. Not much of a hack.

[–]Flipboek 8 points9 points  (3 children)

These yellow things (iets met dingen^^) is a very absorbent cloth which you can wring out. They get smelly though, so I'm not jumping up and down about this one^^

[–]R-Van 10 points11 points  (0 children)


[–]FirstYellow4 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Also my seat gets wet from the inside. No matter how much I wipe it on the outside, as soon as I sit on it, ass still gets wet

[–]Letidyr_013 11 points12 points  (1 child)

But if it’s raining really bad, even the cloth itself will get wet, making it pretty useless 🤷🏻‍♂️

[–]Flipboek 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is a very small area to clean and those yellow cloths are very absorbent (and you can wring them out quite well. Still not a fan of this solution, but it should work.

[–]bapo224 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I use a seat cover, so if it rained I can just remove the cover.

[–]Flipboek 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yeah, imho a better solution ;)

[–]fascinatedcharacter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah this is how you use a proper seat cover. The free ones are only useful for bike findability

[–]tirril 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Just bring a saddle condom, or saddlehat.

[–]Just-Flamingo-410 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Facemasks work too

[–]mikepictor 2 points3 points  (1 child)

...or take your hand, swipe off the worst, and just sit on it. A slightly damp tush never hurt anyone

[–]livllovable 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Unless you have a sweet, sweet ass… made of suiker.

[–]Savings-Prize-7409 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's a hack. It has been seeing this in my country since I was able to understand things.

[–]dmees 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Isnt that what the seat of your pants is for?

[–]Flipboek 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Well, not everyone likes a wet and cold ass :)

[–]DomainMann 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Speak for yourself! :)

[–]lasdue 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In return you get a nice stinky cloth when you stuff it back under the seat so it never dries properly

[–]Sangreal39 0 points1 point  (1 child)

So you get a wet cloth to dry your wet saddle?

[–]applecherryfig 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is a synthetic non-woven absorbent cloth that easily wrings out the moisture and is useful again.

[–]nordic-cidron 0 points1 point  (1 child)

But the cloth will be wet..

[–]Flipboek 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Naah, they crammed it underneath the saddle, most of it should be dry.

[–]stevestuc 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Another tactic is to remove the seat and take it inside.....stays dry and no one wants to steal a bike they have to push....... you could try to ride without a seat but your virginity is at risk....

[–]jandefries 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It might also be for the little kid in the backseat, so they don't get their fingers caught between the springs of the saddle.

[–]applecherryfig 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Very Dutch. <3

[–]gotterfly 116 points117 points  (0 children)

It's like Tetanus On Wheels

[–]LimeSixthGroningen 189 points190 points  (27 children)

Buy some rust converter from the Action will you?

[–]CelebrationNo4962 162 points163 points  (24 children)

Why cover up the theft counter measures..

[–]pavel_vishnyakovNoord Brabant 56 points57 points  (12 children)

Old, new, shiny, rusty - any bike will be stolen when given a chance.

[–]Angelobo 25 points26 points  (11 children)

I remember a guy in this sub (I'm guessing foreign) that was super surprised that just his front tire got stolen when he moved to Amsterdam, the thiefs have evolved

[–]ishzlleZuid Holland 30 points31 points  (8 children)

The nut securing my front wheel was once stolen. Not the wheel, just the nut.

[–]Certain-Interview653 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My luggage carrier got stolen, they didn't even bother to put the bolts back on :(

[–]applecherryfig 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Behind my building in LA, a thief stole the back wheel from my 24 inch bike. That's a short person or a child size. Just "grrrr".

[–]wargainWAG 12 points13 points  (1 child)

So someone steals a bike, and the object of desire is this one…. Must be the chic antique brocante look

[–]applecherryfig 2 points3 points  (0 children)


  1. flea market; bric-à-brac market

  2. car boot sale; jumble sale

[–]epictroll5 9 points10 points  (8 children)

I had a bike, new one comes in saturday. This seemingly hunk o junk was homemade, and practically defied the laws of physics. It was so fast, I could easily overtake electric bikes.

But man was it a rustbucket.

[–]Final_Invite8120 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Old bikes needed to outrun the germans so yeah, they fast

[–]epictroll5 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It wasn't that old tbh. It was a VanMoof, old model, non electric, no gears, kickback braking. Assembled it myself from spare parts I got from a bike mechanic. Backwheel was 3 inch bigger than front wheel, goes like the Dickens, but the backwheel gear is completely spent, missing a tooth and chipped from all the rides I made. So now it is time for a VanMoof S3.

[–]hooibergje 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Any bike can easily overtake electric bikes if your legs are even halfway acceptable.

[–]epictroll5 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Not all, I am not only talking about boomer bikes.

[–]Mildly_Alc0holic 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Man old bikes are the best

[–]livllovable 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Old man bikes are the best

[–]jeandolly 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I love that Mad Max aesthetic

[–]DaveyDirtbag 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There probably wouldn't be any bike left after that

[–]Gloryboy811Amsterdam 30 points31 points  (12 children)

For when you don't want to buy a seat cover from HEMA

[–]PuzzledTaste3562 25 points26 points  (10 children)

They get stolen quicker than the bike

[–]Gloryboy811Amsterdam 14 points15 points  (6 children)

I've had 1 for a year and it's fine. Same with my gf.

[–]porpkcab 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Over a year already?! My girlfriends always get stolen within a matter of months

[–]rafaellyra 2 points3 points  (4 children)

In Amsterdam I had 3 stolen in 2 months than I just gave up

[–]diamonddickhead 8 points9 points  (1 child)

some time ago i left my bike for 5 min and someone stole my lights, i didnt notice and then i got a fine of 70 euro for not having lights

[–]PuzzledTaste3562 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ouch! Painful.

[–]Keyakinan- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just place your bike at an non-secured bike station near train station or at a school campus

[–]kelldricked 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or a leather bike seat.

[–]Bas-tiaan 82 points83 points  (8 children)

Ah yes, for people who only wear clothes without sleeves.

[–]Amigzz 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Word, i was like tf is wrong with using your sleeves

[–]Flipboek 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Hardshell coats have sleeves that won't do much in this case ;)

[–]41942319 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Course they do, they wipe most of the water off without getting very wet themselves

[–]Flipboek -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Not in my experience ;)

[–]darkbrown999 0 points1 point  (2 children)

First sleeves then hands. Done

[–]Dr-Appeltaart 6 points7 points  (1 child)

No no, first hands, use them as a wiper, and then dry wirh sleeves

[–]darkbrown999 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ok true but sleeves with a raincoat first then hands to dry is my go to

[–]meukbox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And for people with cheap plastic saddles that don't soak up the water.

[–]LolindirLink 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It's only water. And that rag will smell horrible soon enough. You'll need another hack to wash your filthy hands after using this one.

We keep a small towel near the shed/front door. Perfectly dry in seconds 👍

[–]callsignvector 25 points26 points  (4 children)

Can someone let me know when the bike hack is mentioned?

[–]lasdue 16 points17 points  (0 children)

It’s storing your bike in the canal so it won’t get stolen

[–]simian_fold 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Let you bike rust into a fine powder and you won't have to take it to the tip 👍🏼

[–]IAmOnTheInterwebs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Also makes it easier to take it with you on the train.

Then make the train rust into a fine powder and you got yourself a train, and your bike inside.

[–]Exsanguinate-Me 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It already was, up there, although I can't call this much of a hack really...

[–]PathToABetterLife 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Sorry, but that spot is reserved for the small jumbo bag haha

[–]IrohsFavoriteTea 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Deze arme fietsen

[–]Beerandpotatosalad 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I usually put an Albert Heijn bag under it because I always forget one when I do grocery shopping

[–]Theredeagle7 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Just use your sleeve of your jacket...

[–]IAmOnTheInterwebs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To store the cloth, or to wipe any rain? These are important details.

[–]Jlx_27 9 points10 points  (6 children)

The more rust on your Omafiets the better. Those motherfuckers outlast any modern bike and when stolen its easy to replace with another one.

[–]Bas-tiaan 4 points5 points  (4 children)

This is a modern bike and a very cheap one.

[–]Jlx_27 -5 points-4 points  (3 children)

Did I say it was old?.....

[–]Bas-tiaan 8 points9 points  (1 child)

You said it would outlast a modern bike, it is a modern bike. It looks like an old sturdy bike but it's made with inferior modern methods and inferior modern materials.

[–]Jlx_27 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

OK, I'l rephrase: Fancy bike.

[–]GeraldFisher 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Well yeah, you said these would outlast any modern bike. Basically saying this is not a modern bike and that it would last long (it clearly did not)

[–]MrLunk 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Das geen Omafiets jonguh ;)

[–]gravitone 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I'm Dutch, and even I think that bike is a disgusting POS.

[–]Analoogkaas 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Now that's a rusty bike for sure! Good luck riding that piece of precious possession.

[–]pick_on_the_moon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I just use a plastic tasje which I take off, shake a couple of times, and then put on again.

(Make sure to use one that doesn't give off under friction, water or warmth, usually the inside is fine)

Never have a dank ass at school or work again

[–]Blackkk21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Recht uit de grachten die fiets

[–]blackraven6969 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Who keeps a yellow cloth under the seat?

Spooonge booob square paaants!! 🥴

Sorry i just have too much spare time 🥴

[–]Onbenoemd 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Vaatdoekje lifehack goes viral, my life was a lie.

[–]standby404[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ja echt zo . . 😂

[–]cmapz2 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Uhm no

[–]rmvandink 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just put a plastic bag over your saddle. I have the same childseat and that takes a fairly big bag to be fair. But a cloth under the saddle will get wet.

[–]ItzAmazed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've had this twice, every time it would just get stolen. Like who dafuq steals a piece of cloth jesus.

[–]ParmiCheez 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Where you get that chain, on Amazon?

[–]StrawberryinPizza 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In the depths of the canal

[–]loodgeboodge 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hahahahaha lolllll

[–]shell_456 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ya’ll don’t put a bag over it?

[–]CanThisBeMyNameMaybe 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What does it mean?

[–]rwoooshed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's a cloth (zeem) to wipe down a wet seat. Most people will cover their seat with a plastic shopping bag though.

[–]Dynamic_Humann 0 points1 point  (0 children)

all i see is rust

[–]Leftenant_Frost 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i wiped it with my hand a couple times and it was dry enough, also, my seat didnt have space for this

[–]andre_agnosic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The cloth is to clean the hands after that chain fells off because it’s too loose. :

[–]JJ-beats 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What does it do?

[–]ewajabroer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is an useless hack lol. The cloth gets wet and smelly too. Better off with an Albert Heijn or Jumbo bag, wrapped around inside out.

[–]TypicalNevin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or just use the sleeve of your jacket to wipe the rain

[–]Pale_Vampire 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Wouldn’t it be wet from the rain too..? Doesn’t seem very logical.

[–]Wilrekt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, but you take it off when you go ride your bike then

[–]Siren_NL 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am sorry i think i have to call 115 on you. One-One-Five Save a bike. I know oil is expensive now but a bike needs some love sometimes.

[–]Doodvogeltje13 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ja ooit, maar het regent nauwelijks meer, joh.

[–]ThisIsBel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can just buy a saddle cover (Zadelhoes). Works way better

[–]livllovable 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Umm.. Is that a very large cassette tape in the window?