In 1988 MacBike was founded by Jos Louwman and Arnold Gruppen. Amsterdam was already number one cycling city, however, no one gave visitors the opportunity to discover Amsterdam by bike. Soon, Louwman and Gruppen opened their first branch in the old bicycle factory Burco. They also wanted to fulfil a function to the locals. So, apart from rental they also offered the service to repair bikes.
After opening their first store, bike rental was an immediate hit. Partly because, like the inhabitants of Amsterdam, visitors appreciated they were able to move quickly, environmentally friendly, and at low cost through the city and the surrounding countryside.
Two years later MacBike opened its second branch near Leidseplein and began to issue cycle routes to make the bike ride even more satisfying. Nowadays, MacBike issues over ten bicycle routes, including a countryside route, an art route and a route through Jewish Amsterdam.