RIDE WITH ME city cycling guides are full-color, all-sensory explorations, inspired by the buildings, people, and stories you’ll discover on the way. The routes are illustrated recipes for adventures – with the best local tips for coffee, art, nature, beer and bars on the way.  RIDE WITH ME shows the local cycling culture and environment, taking the reader way beyond the usual highlights. Let’s explore, and look further, finding adventure around the corner!

My name is Roos Stallinga, I grew up cycling everywhere – like a regular Dutch kid – never thinking twice about it. When I moved to New York City in 2002 I realised this was something special. I would take visiting friends on bike rides to Brooklyn and Harlem, and describe my adventures in letters home – with drawings and pictures. These were the ingredients for Ride with me NYC, the first biking guide for New York. Amsterdam and Barcelona followed, and most recently a local adventure in Dutch… Ride with me Medemblik.

This is me in my hometown Amsterdam

MEDEMBLIK

During the last few months I have worked on a very local project, in Dutch, designing bike routes and stories along cultural heritage in the area around the IJsselmeer in the North of Holland. Ride with me Medemblik has been created in assignment of the municipality, and will be distributed to tell the beautiful stories and architecture in this area. The book contains 3 biking routes and 1 walking route, and is filled with illustrations and photographs that I made during my adventures in the area of Medemblik. The guide is available in my shop and local book stores. 

This is me exploring Medemblik, picture taken by my 11-year old son Maris 🙂

…and this is what the book looks like!

Drawing the old buildings gave me a deeper understanding of the local history and heritage…
All the research for Ride with me Medemblik was done on this blue racing bike, that used to ride around New York city with me! Now it has been restored and I enjoyed bring a piece of NYC to Medemblik… still looking forward to making a new version of Ride with me NYC – hopefully next year!

BARCELONA

“Barcelona! Magical city buzzing with life and light. You are a city rich with history and fresh with new stories, a city that means business but also really knows how to enjoy life. Let me ride your streets – from El Raval to La Ribera, from the Barri Gòtic to Gràcia, from Sants to Sarrià, into the mountains and beside the sea. Barcelona, ride with me!”

This is me in Barcelona handing the book to local photographer Alvaro Valdecantos, who is featured in the book, and who shot the cover picture (of his own bike).

And with Vina, my photo bombing daughter, trying to shoot a good picture for in the book:-)

AMSTERDAM

I also cycled around Amsterdam with Elizabeth Gilbert, the NYC based writer of Eat Pray Love and many other great books (like Big Magic and City of Girls). We had a blast! In her words:

“If you are ever lucky enough to be in Amsterdam, and you want to have a great bike experience, buy yourself a copy of an enchanting guidebook called Ride with me Amsterdam, by Roos Stallinga. You’ll feel like you have a local guide right at your side.” So here is the second edition of Ride with me Amsterdam. With new design and updated content and 3 extra interviews (ea DJ Joost van Bellen, and the new Bicycle Mayor of Amsterdam Katelijne Boerma). The book is also beautifully and locally printed in a climate-neutral way at Tuijtel.  

Chris Bruntlett, Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality
“A wonderful illustrated guide to the cafes, canals and cycle tracks of one of my favorite places on earth.”

Marc Kruyswijk, Het Parool
“This book opens your eyes, you don’t just look at the city, you see it. Ride with me Amsterdam inspires even the seasoned local to go on an adventure!”

“From the old port of Amsterdam to the bustling new neighborhoods, along rivers and dikes, through green fields and parks. From the North to the South from the East to the West, and beyond. Here’s to the best coffee, art, food, beers and bars to discover on the way. Riding shoulder to shoulder with all those beautifully rough, sweet, tongue-in-cheek Amsterdam people. Off I go, on my bike. I feel so free, Amsterdam. Ride with me!”
Ride with me Amsterdam is a tribute to life in the city of bikes. An invitation for visitors to explore the whole city and beyond, and a challenge to the locals to find adventure around the corner. The book contains:

– How to ride in Amsterdam (without getting yelled at)
– 8 routes with stops, dinner/drink tips + close-ups
– 14 portraits and stories of Amsterdammers and their bike
– Escape on two-wheels – tips for trips out of town
– Many illustrations and photos by the author & friends
– Background info about the history of cycling in Amsterdam

About the author

Roos Stallinga grew up cycling everywhere – like any regular Dutch kid – never thinking twice about it. Then when she moved to New York City in 2002 she realised this was something special. Cycling around allowed her to experience the city in ways many people were not used to, and she wanted to share this insight with others. Roos would take visiting friends on bike rides to Brooklyn and Harlem, and describe her adventures in letters home – with drawings and pictures. These were the ingredients for the first guide, Ride with me NYC. A guide to Amsterdam then followed and Ride with me Barcelona is the third in the series.

Roos captures the essence of Amsterdam – and Barcelona! –  sharing what it feels like to experience the city from the unique perspective of a bike. You will discover the city’s local cycling culture and diverse urban environment, way beyond the tourist highlights. Cycling is just the most fun, free, fast, flexible, happy and healthy way to go around the city – so let’s ride!