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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 11:41 pm 
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rain, mills and a Peka - the ride to the birth ground of my Simon

In my stable there is a frame of the Zaandam based builder Simon. On a Wednessday a couple weeks ago I decided for a ride to the little Zaandam shop. This with the aim get stories on Simon in general and possibly stories, tech talk and all other things that could be interesting on my specific Simon if they remembered it. A view glimpses of the Simon >>

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It is quite a journey, but I had a great bike to cover it: the PEKA.

Weather looked good when I left and radar images on my laptop were also promissing. Reality was a bit different however.

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Rain.

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Arrived in Zaandam I of course couldn't resist making some nice pics as proove I have really been there :wink:

PEKA in front of Zaandam wind mills >>

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Than power of my batteries went low and camera switched out. But there were some more interesting things to see :( Fortunately a nearby bike shop was so kind to sell me 2 Duracells for 2 euro.

PEKA in front of typical Zaandam house >>

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PEKA in front of Albert Heijn's first grocery store >>

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The ride home was in better conditions and because of the distance I had enough time to dry.

How it went at the little Simon shop? Well, it appears to be closed each Wednessday afternoon.


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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 10:10 am 
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Looks great - we love cycling in Holland! Is that the original Albert Heijn shop?

Whereabouts are you? We are passing through Holland early August to visit friends in Gouda before travelling on the Poland to visit Skolioza!


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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 10:51 am 
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Hi Carol,

This is what the English 'Zaanse Schans' page mentions: AH shop

The write up in Dutch is more extensive and tells us that the front half of the building was the original Albert Heijn shop. That part, hence the shop, originally had another location however: on the Oostzijde. The same street as where the Simon frame comes from. The back half of the building was originally located in Westzaan. The interior is pretty much original or at least very accurately reconstructed, I understand.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:04 am 
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Great write-up. Untill last year I lived in Zaandam ('t Kalf) and had never heard of Simon or his bike shop. Bummer! When I'm in Zaandam I'll pay him a visit (if his store is still open). I remember a friend of my father had a nice small lugged frame made for his little son, build by 'Simon' or 'Siem'. I then thought he meant Siem de Boorder on the Hogendijk, Zaandam. If I knew then... :) My guess is that you bought your batteries at Saenbike.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:10 pm 
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Thanks for the kind words. Mr Arie Simon himself you won't find in the shop anymore. He sold it about two decades ago or so to a new owner. Arie Simon lives in Neerpelt, Belgium now, where he continued with building the finest derneys in the world.

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