There is a definite empathy between rider and machine in the people I saw cycling in Amsterdam last month.
The choice of pedal cycle seemed to say a lot about the rider.
Some more flamboyant than others,
but many of the machines seemed to be chosen at least as carefully as the clothing.
Just occasionally I felt there was a bit of a mismatch,
but I got the impression that many dutch people put more effort into selecting a bike than they would buying a car,
but then they probably spend more time riding the bike than driving the car...