Having moved to the Netherlands I had to get a bicycle. I was cycling to work for many years in London on my fast 21 gear road bike. Now I own, well actually rent, a beautiful Dutch bike from swapfiets.nl.
No wonder people look so fit. This bicycle is made of nothing else but good old steal. Nearly as heavy as I am there is no way going fast.
So I get on the standard speed, link into the constant stream of cyclists and cruise along. A very new, very relaxing experience.