This week’s Readers’ Rides comes from Berlin, where Simon shares his Jones Diamond Frame with us. Read on below for Simon’s perspective of his all-terrain build…
Rapha Rides Berlin
While I love seeing familiar sights from the Rapha Rides US videos, these EU videos are all kinds of beautiful!
Urban Fly Fishing in Berlin
We’ve all seen photos of people fly fishing on bikepacking trips, in the middle of nowhere, but what about using a bike to transport you to the middle of somewhere to fish?
Bombtrack at Last Man Standing
Stefan “Fish” Vis takes on the Berliner Fahrradschau’s “Last Man Standing” race.
Blaze Six Day
We often see the results and final matches from Six Day races, but this video looks at the culture surrounding and attending the event. Nicely done!
Bombtrack at SSCX EC 2016
The Singlespeed Cyclocross European Championships is in its third year. This year landing in Germany at the Berlin Bicycle Week, after the Netherlands and France were previous hosts. Bombtrack was there to document the madness!
Casbah Goes to Berlin Bicycle Week
I had a blast at the Berlin Bicycle Week and apparently so did the brand Casbah. Here’s a teaser from their trip, with a full-length on the way.
Martin from Ertzui’s Indy Fab Planet X
e r t z u i ° film make some spectacular videos and part of that lies in their love for the bike, while being able to document the importance of the ride. Over the years, I’ve fallen in love with their videos and it wasn’t until the Berliner Fahrradschau that I got to meet Martin, one half of Ertzui.
We actually first met on the King of Gravus ride, where he was pedaling his Indy Fab Planet X on Panaracer Pasela tires amongst a sea of cyclocross bikes. Now, you don’t see a whole lot of Indy Fabs in Europe, especially not well-used and loved rides like this. The bike has patina, character and functionality all over it. At the moment these photos were taken, it was built up as a light tourer, since Martin had just ridden it around 100 miles from his home town of Leipzig to the show in Berlin.
Some of my favorite details: the Tracko sticker, the tooth brush in his feed bag and his Edelux lamp mount (which was difficult to document.) Kristian and Martin from Ertzui have some exciting projects on the horizon and I for one can’t wait to see the final product.
Fern Cycles Chacha Touring Bike with Gramm Bags
The two-man team behind Fern Cycles really impressed me. Florian Haeussler and Phillip Zwanzig craft frames in Berlin, designed to handle their specific style of riding. In 2012 they toured throughout Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey on two Chacha prototype frames. Their time on the road enabled them to dial in their preferences as to how a touring bike should handle and allowed them to design a line of bikepacking bags to compliment their custom racks.
This bike was built with Sugino cranks, Shutterworks generator hub, Supernova lights and Shimano Sora derailleurs but the standout products are the bags!
Gramm Bags are made in Fern’s shop and have some clever detailing, as well as minimal branding. Personally, I thought this was the best touring rig at the Berliner Fahrradschau and had a lot of fun documenting this bike.
Nice meeting you guys!
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.
Florian’s Troica Disc All Road
When in Berlin, photograph German frame builders, right? Troica Cycles is a Berlin-based builder, specializing in tig-welded, steel cyclocross and road bikes. While their website’s offerings look beautiful, Florian‘s bike is a little different. This all-road, light tourer, randonneur, or what have you, features a beautiful segmented fork with a custom rack to boot. Its paint job is accented by the sour apple Chris King, ENVE M50 wheels and a bright turquoise Chris King headset. This bike is colorful, yet subdued at the same time…
Today I got to spend four hours with Florian and his Troica, admiring its subtle style and capabilities. Check out more for yourself in the Gallery!
I’m in Berlin for the Berliner Fahrradschau and Berlin Bike Week!
Thanks to everyone who came to the King of Gravus ride today, it was cold and wet but that didn’t keep us from having fun on the trails. I’m in Berlin for the Berliner Fahrradschau and to experience Berlin Bike Week. So if you’re in town, come by the Crema Cycles booth and say hello!
Come Ride the King of Gravus this Friday at Berliner Fahrradschau
Going to Berlin for the Berliner Fahrradschau? First of all, I’ll see you there. Second, if you’re in town early on Friday (that’s tomorrow!) come on this 65km ride called the King of Gravus… See the full ride details below!
Sixdays Berlin Video Recap
Rad Race put together a video recap series from Sixdays Berlin. Here’s days 1-3 and you can see the rest at the Rad Race Vimeo page.
Save Keirin Berlin
Being priced out of your location is not fun and unfortunately, it’s hit Keirin Berlin:
“Last week our landlord informed us, that he will increase the rent by 30% and will try to sell the storefront. This will lead to the end of #KeirinBerlin We don’t have rich parents, nor do we have lots of cash on Swiss bank-accounts. Moving is not really an option, as #Berlin gets sold to investors and it’s only a matter of time till not only #Kreuzberg is the new Brooklyn… When we moved here in 2004, they begged us to take this place and gave us a 50% reduce on the rent. Please share this! And if you have any ideas let us know! We will be working on some projects to not only#savethetrackbike but to keep the first ever cycle culture cafe going and #savekeirinberlin as thisisnotamerica#gentrification sucks not only on #gentrificationtuesdaysPlease won’t let Leonard Cohen’s prediction “First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin…” happen and #rideyourbike everyday, because #cycling not only unites..”
Stay tuned to the @KeirinBerlin Instagram for updates, as I’m sure Mort will develop a plan shortly.
Introducing Inch Pitch
From Berlin comes Inch Pitch, a new print and t-shirt line, inspired by vintage cycling icons…
Mianzi Rei – My Legs My Gears
Here’s a video about Mianzi Rei, a woman who rides and races track in Berlin, shot on a Red…
Trackside ’85 at the Berlin Six Day Race – Staffan Jofjell
Trackside ’85 at the Berlin Six Day Race – Staffan Jofjell
Words by Staffan Weigel, photos by Staffan Jofjell
Although it’s far from the spartan life of East Berlin, living in the west part of town is not always easy. The instability in world politics is constantly reminding the citizens of how vulnerable their city is. West Berliners stoically maintain a spirit of normality in their isolation. Their celebrations and manifestations of life before the wall serve as rituals that keep the absurdity of the surrounded city at bay…