Category Archives: Germany
With all the framebuilding talk today, how fitting is this video featuring the inception of a Portus Greenhorn. This was one of my favorite things at Eurobike, but don’t be too quick to jump to conclusions, for things aren’t always what they seem! Make sure to watch the whole video and here’s the scoop:
“A short docu of the building process of the first Greenhorn. Handmade in Germany – handmade in Pforzheim. The frame is made of Reynolds 725 steel and fillet brazed. The parts are from Tune and Schmolke Carbon.”
See more at Portus.
For the past seven years, Scott and Dickon from Santa Cruz have spent their post-Eurobike recovery in the hills and mountains of the Black Forest, just outside of Freiburg, Germany. Coincidentally, when Lyle from Mission Workshop and myself had a few extra days laying around before our Alps tour began, they invited us to join them.
That meant traveling from Glarus to Freiburg, before heading back to Zurich on Wednesday. That meant a lot of driving but surely it would be worth it. All the details and accommodations were made. Scott and Dickon knew were to stay, where to eat and were mostly familiar with the trails… What other reasons did we need? Back to Germany we go!
Yesterday morning, we engorged ourselves with one of the best hotel breakfasts I’ve had before beginning our journey. I suited up in the new Acre gear, tuned my bike and hopped off through town before we all found ourselves in a tower of switchbacks up and out of the valley.
The Black Forest is a sacred place, filled with lore and mythology. While we saw no Slender Man, or nymphs, I could feel the presence of something the whole day and it wasn’t the eggs from breakfast… Nature still owns the forest. The trees hummed and resonated with the wind. If you break yourself off here, there’s no telling what would happen to you once the sun settled in for the evening.
After a mild case of “lostness” and bordering on bonking, the whim to “take the other trail” turned our planned 3-hour jaunt into an 8-hour expedition through the absolutely stunning trail system. Some were extremely technical and steep, while others were fast and smooth. Then we hit the backside of Kandel with its fast, steep and rocky descents. We all wished we had pads…
We got a taste of everything and for me, the technical, rocky terrain was just a teaser for what awaits in the Alps. The total for the day was about 35 miles and 4,900′ and today, my legs are thanking me.
Check out some narrated photos in the Gallery!
Look, Eurobike is hella Euro and fluoro. I’m not interested in Cube’s offerings, or other large batch bike. I want to see how the smaller shops and distributors are tackling one of the most elusive offerings: the production steel road bike.
Crema Cycles seems to have their solution going in the right direction. Take this Columbus and True Temper mixed road frame. My size, Campagnolo 11, ENVE and Chris King throughout.
This bike is straight forward, lightweight and elegant without being ostentatious. So is there a down side? Not really. Other than I’d like to see one or two nice details to separate this frame from the rest out there but that’s always the challenge.
The Crema bikes look very simple. Something you’d not only travel with, but not cringe about locking up, depending on the build kit (those wheels!). That’s something I can appreciate. Check out more of this very nice bicycle in the Gallery!
Guten tag! I have found the internet…
It’s Eurobike and I have no idea what to do here. Well, that’s not true, I have a few clever posts up my sleeve. After 12 hours of madness, I’ve made my way through most of the show, ran into some people, saw some cool shit, exhausted my shutter finger and the first flask filling #FFF. I managed to get some great shots, including the new White Industries anodized hubs, the return of turquoise Chris King, some rad Tune products, a sexy LOOK, Bear Grease, #Partybrand, body-painting, AWOL, beer, beer and beer.
While I’m working on more content, how about some randomness from the first day? I thought so…
Photo by Constantin Gerlach
Here’s a nice portrait taken at the recent 8 Bar Bike event in Germany entitled Grand Theft Bike. See more here and follow GTB here on Facebook.
This is so rad. Renown builder and painter Dario Pegoretti worked with the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design to create some over the top, exclusive bicycle frames, all to promote the Olgäle-Foundation for children suffering from cancer in Stuttgart. Check out the full press release below (if you like reading) or just look at the pretty pictures.
Thanks for sharing this Hans-Georg!
This is so rad. Not only does it make me miss the snow but it makes me want to travel to Germany even more. Great work, once again from the team at Ertzui.
I don’t usually like to make Guest Galleries from press releases but this one is too good to pass up. Introducing Vandeyk, a bicycle company from Germany and their new bike, the Purple Blast. Check out the press release below and the Gallery above.
Wheelbuilders are the unspoken heros of the cycling world and this new film by e r t z u i ° interviews Germany’s best, Light Wolf.
Here’s the newest trailer from e r t z u i ° film:
“Amidst the seemingly endless fields of the Po Valley lies Villa Rocca –a 20 people strong community, dominated by a 500-year-old, inexorably crumbling castle. For one day a year, the morbid and almost magical place comes to life. A colorful bunch of velophile Italians convert the castle grounds into a single speed cyclocross course.
A film by
Kristian Walter Ansand & Martin Gilluck
produced by e r t z u i ª film
presented by BICICLISTA
We are happy to announce, that ROCKVILLE is part of the offical selection in this years BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL in New York City, June 29th – July 1st.