I learned to ride a bike in the early 1960s, in a village on the Maas, when a bike was just a bike and you only had to choose between the Beatles and the Stones. Primary school, high school, university, always done everything by bike. Then various office jobs at government and business. I did cycling in my free time. In 2002 I started a bicycle courier company in Nijmegen that grew to Velocity bicycle couriers with over twenty employees. In 2015 it was time to do something else, but something about cycling of course. Under the name De Fietsknecht I started building, repairing, renovating and restoring bicycles. When I got the chance at the end of 2016 to take over Willie Willemse's store on Willemsweg in Nijmegen, I didn't have to think twice. In 2018 my wife and I moved to Cuijk. At the end of 2019 I also moved the workshop to Cuijk, where I now concentrate on repair and renovation. Local, small-scale and low-tech. No longer a store, but a webshop. And simply under the name De Fietsknecht. In a village on the Maas.