Canal boat storage – Sometimes bikes end up in a canal on purpose. One ingenious storage solution makes use of the city's waterways to accommodate a floating bike park.
Multi-story bike park – Another huge facility outside the city's central station houses so many bikes it might be easier buying a new one rather than spending four days trying to remember where your old one is parked.
Tourists vs. Locals – Cycle mechanic Geert Gelissen says tourists who don't know how to behave on Amsterdam's bike paths are a problem -- especially when they come up against "stubborn" Dutch cyclists.
Lock it or lose it – An estimated 55,000 bikes get stolen every year in Amsterdam. Bike expert Geert Gelissen says a bike that isn't secured with a chunky lock attached to a solid object won't last more than a few weeks.
No cycles here – Bikes aren't welcome everywhere in Amsterdam. If they're parked in the wrong spot, city authorities remove them to a pound on the outskirts of town. It's a long walk.
Cyclists with baggage – Why use the train to carry your suitcase the full 20 kilometers to Amsterdam's airport when you can cycle?
Give it a name – Samantha Shaffer (left) says giving a bike a name helps the rider "become one" with their steed.
Cycling at night – Night cyclists are required by law to use lights. Drinking and cycling is illegal. But "after dark, assume everyone on a bike is drunk," jokes student Stephanie Shaffer.
Any color, so long as it's black – Many big companies rent out bikes in lurid colors. The key to blending in is renting a typical Dutch-style cycle, like this black, indestructible machine.
Clog cycle – The key to definitely not blending in is renting a bicycle shaped like an uncomfortable wooden shoe. Rent this and expect scornful looks from locals and ill-concealed mirth when it accidentally gets steered into a canal.