Last weekend I spent a couple of days in Amsterdam, during that time I had the pleasure of visiting Meesterknecht. A bike shop with a cycling cafe? focused on contemporary cycling. On Kerkstraat 168, about 10 mins by bicycle or a 25 min walk from Amsterdam Centraal.
‘”Meesterknecht” is a term in cycling for the ‘second man’. Neither Merckx, nor Coppi nor Zoetemelk could have become legendary cycling champions if it wasn’t for their humble “meesterknecht”. This class of tireless riders lead out sprints, set the pace up mountains, provide a small pushs here and there and in many ways, hold the team together. The “meesterknechten” or “super-domestiques” are unknown heroes who ride, work and suffer for the greater good without expecting glory.’
The shop itself has some big brand bicycles for sale such as Cervelo, Focus and BMC but also supports some smaller brands like Ritte, Brother Cycles and Stoemper. Clothing/components and accessories from brands such as POC, Giro, Brooks, Enve and much more. The cafe? is warm, serves great coffee, has plenty if not most cycling publications stocked for you to read (including my new favourite ‘Far Ride’) and if not you can sit and watch the classics on the TV.
If you live near by or visiting soon, they have a Ten Speed Hero pop up event on the 4th March, 2016.
Kerkstraat 168 H
1017 GS Amsterdam
+31 020 3585642