Happy Queen’s Day!

Orange Puma pants, Orange Schlick Northpaw Cheddar Build: Orange pedals, grips, bar end plugs, and saddle from Fyxation. Fyxation is a company based in the Pedal Milwaukee building with the Bike Fed’s Milwaukee office. Photo by Joel from Fyxation

Time to put on your orange pants and get your Dutch on, it’s Koninginnedag! What is Koninginnedag? It is Dutch for Queen’s day, a national holiday in the Netherlands when they celebrate the birthday of the Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. It’s also a typical occasion for the world-famous Orange Craze. The color orange is a ubiquitous sight, referring to the name of our royal family, the House of Orange. Everywhere in the netherlands you’ll see orange banners, orange colored foods and drinks and (like me) people dressed in Orange!

Queen’s Day in Amsterdam this year is special because Queen Beatrix has announced that she will abdicate on April 30th. On the same day the new Dutch King, Willem-Alexander, will be inaugurated.

Comfy Fyxation grips and stylie bar-end plugs


Fyxation platform pedals.


As you can see by my orange Schlick Northpaw and the Cheddar Build, orange is my favorite color, and as an urban bike geek, I love the cycling culture of Amsterdam and the rest of the cities in the Netherlands. I visited the Netherlands and Denmark, and was an immediate convert. Regular readers know my family has a Workcycles Omafiets and a “Dutchified” Schwinn.

If you are lucky enough to live in Milwaukee, you can celebrate Queen’s Day with a free Grolsch beer at any of the Lowlander Restaurant Group’s bike-friendly Grand Cafes: TrocaderoBenelux, Centaal, and Hollander. The cafes all serve great Dutch beer and are decorated with lots of Lowlands-related cycling stuff. And if that isn’t enough to tempt you, in addition to getting a free beer just for showing up in orange, you also get entered for a chance to win a cool, three-speed classic Omafiets.

At Cafe Benelux for a free Grolsch on Queen’s Day.


About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

One thought on “Happy Queen’s Day!

  1. If you wish to see more “orange just go to the Zoo interchange or Capital drive between 92nd street and hwy. 100 or Hwy. 100 south of Watertown plank road to I-94. (You will see plenty of orange to block off some of the lanes of traffic). “How pretty” those nice orange things on the streets “a sign of summer in the Milwaukee area”. (Wear orange in these area’s then you will blend in with the attractive lane blockers).

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