A Weekend at the Berliner Fahrradschau Deserves an Über Gallery!

Man oh man. I had no idea what to expect these past few days. I’ve always heard the Berliner Fahrradschau was a good time, and I’ve always loved Berlin. So when Ken from ENVE invited me on a two-part trip in Europe, including Barcelona and Berlin, I couldn’t say no. So, what is the Berliner Fahrradschau all about? Well, it’s part of Berlin Bike Week, 7 days of events, races, rides, ultimately culminating with a three day expo in Station-Berlin, an old train depot in a post-industrial neighborhood.

We began our stay in Berlin bright and early Friday morning with a group ride called the King of Gravus. This 65km ride took us along the river out to the woods neighboring Berlin’s center city. From there, we did a big loop that included a few surprising climbs and some ripping singletrack. After four hours on the bike, we made our way back to the city center and began our experience of what I will now consider one of my favorite expos in the world.

Berliner Fahrradschau is part NAHBS and part Eurobike. Local and European framebuilders are invited to display customer bikes alongside consumer products. This, in turn, makes for a more engaging show in my opinion. One of the complaints people have with NAHBS is that it’s alienating, in terms of finances. Most bikes being displayed are over $6k, and with very little consumer products on display, the average cyclists leaves feeling frustrated. The Berliner Fahrradschau found the perfect mix of bling and budget, inviting brands from all over the world to display their new products.

Thus, a walk through the halls isn’t overwhelming. It’s a social experience and while it’s a lot to take in at first, there are plenty of distractions to ease the busy mind. Bike jousting, trials, pump tracks, fashion shows, breakdancing, flatland and even a swap meet all took place throughout the weekend. On top of that, the food was tasty and there were even booths serving alcohol all day.

So there you are, in an old train expo, surrounded by bikes and people who ride for various reasons. Be it commuting, sport or leisure. If, for some reason, you tire of the constant stimulation, you can hop on your bike and pedal around one of Europe’s greatest cities.

Yes, I know it seems like I’m selling you on the Berliner Fahrradschau, but I’m merely expressing my stoke for the past weekend’s events. I had a blast meeting people, hanging out and getting a taste for European cycling culture. If you’re ever in Berlin in March, try to make this show and the Berlin Bicycle Week. My only regret was not being able to attend some of the parties and the races, but in a city that literally never sleeps, even I need a break…

See more from the Berliner Fahrradschau in the Gallery!

38 responses to “A Weekend at the Berliner Fahrradschau Deserves an Über Gallery!”

  1. Domingo says:

    I need to get there next year! Bike flea market in the same place as beautiful bikes I can’t afford? They say we can’t have it all, pfft.

  2. Domingo says:

    Amazing photos by the way! The jousting had me in hysterics

  3. FireFly says:

    That show looks so rad! Thanks for the reportage!

  4. Noel Smith says:

    Great set. Loved the pursuit with Corima discs.

    Not sure if anyone else has this issue but I find the photo captions very hard to read. I appreciate the subtly of the tiny type not taking away from the photos and all but man, if the font were a bit darker would make it so much easier to read. Just a suggestion, feel free to tell me to go f*** myself..

  5. mr. apodaca APODACA says:

    so radical you gots pics of that thanks brohhhh

  6. Matt O'Donnell says:

    WTF is Specialized thinking with that Playboy ebike? And Playboy bunny “booth babes”? That is the dumbest thing I have seen in a long, long time.

    • Brian Richard Walbergh says:

      That’s just it, they weren’t thinking at all…

    • mp says:

      Haven’t come to expect much from Specialized. This is par for the course.

    • John Watson says:

      Specialized Europe operates independent of the US company. I have no idea what they were thinking!

      • singlespeedscott says:

        yet you published the photos and we all had a good look so we all could make comment on it’s sexist nature. lol

    • Arne Göbbels says:

      Everybody I know who walked by that booth was embarrassed by its sexist stupidity.

    • Dale says:

      Am I the only one who doesn’t /really/ see an issue with this?

      Kinda like when Danny Mac got shit for that video at the Playboy mansion.

      • Matt O'Donnell says:

        Are you the only one who doesn’t /really/ see the issue with blatant sexism at a cycling industry event? Very likely not. Does that mean it isn’t a problem? Definitely not.

  7. Jesse says:

    What’s the deal with #47? Was the dude actually American?

  8. Cyclo McKenzie says:

    Saw you looking hungry and a bit tired on Friday night outside at the food truck. Wanted to say hi, seemed like the wrong moment though. Glad you enjoyed the bfs.

  9. fyxo says:

    I’d rather walk than ride Specialized.

  10. James Rollins says:

    where the heck can I get one of those leather Bulleit bottle holders???

  11. Arne Göbbels says:

    Just noticed the utterly useless rear spoking on the “stylish” Futura Colnago. In my opinion even a show bike should still be rideable unless its a gag bike.

    • John Watson says:

      If it’s being built as a track bike, that spoke lacing is fine.

      • Singular Sam says:

        Only if you don’t want to transmit any power….

      • Arne Göbbels says:

        You will lose an enormous amount of power in the twisting of the spokes and eventually ruin your flange and rim due to torque. You are better not sprinting when this spoking kills your equipment… Even on the track tagential is the way to go – at least on the side of the drivetrain :-)

  12. Ross Chapman says:

    Damn- that 8bar bike! The Standerts are a firm favourite. The Deluxe is new to me. Must go next year.

  13. Kelly Watkins says:

    Ah I was there, I should have come said hi! Laughing that we took the same photo.

  14. Nealipo says:

    Great coverage. Thank you for sharing.

  15. PaperSpokes says:

    We felt the same! Thanks for the gallery!

  16. Nico Januszewski says:

    Hah, i knew that face looked familiar from the interwebs…

  17. #12 shows a beautiful Arregui Velázquez track bike! look him up!

  18. daichi says:

    could anybody share the route of the ride? danke