Udo Kewitsch

Udo Kewitsch

When did you get your first bike? And by who?

My first “real” bike was a real bonanza bike with all the bits. Foxtail, chrome rear bar and of course a neat 3-speed middle gear, like in a car. My father had delayed it as a surprise for Christmas until the last moment, and when I thought "that's it now" this orange "BigBang" then came .... I felt like a hero, right after Winnetou and Leatherstocking.


Which is your favorite bike at the moment?

That's a tough question. On the one hand, I fell in love with my new Surly Midnight Special, which is ideal for my gravel tours on the weekend and equipped with the new GRX Di2. A source of joy. But also my Daily Velo, a Rennstahl Pinion 853, is great fun. Well, it doesn't help. The answer is I currently have two favorite bikes.


Where is your bike at night?

Good question. Let me put it this way: every new bike naturally “sleeps” in the living room for the first few nights. That is a tradition. Over time, however, there are certain rules within the family council, to which I then subject myself, even if I don't like it. Consequently. The bikes are well secured, dry and safe in the garage. The fat bike sleeps in the basement all summer.


What do you do when you are not cycling?

The Chiemgau mountains & lakes offer a lot. In winter, you can go out with your snowshoes, or grab your kayak and relax on the Bavarian Sea. A few years ago there was also a love for the squash sport, but after more than 2 decades of active playing, my knees gave in and objected. Therefore, it's best to think about cycling when not cycling.


What do you use your bike or your bikes for? For what purposes?

Usually for cycling. Seriously, I use the full range. With the Graveler on asphalt and light dirt more like the cross-country tours. Plow through the woods on a fat bike in the winter. My fully is my Alpencross toy, a passion that I have finalized 20 times since 2002. The hardtail is great for a quick after-work ride on the local mountain and last but not least, the touring bike is for traveling. Least but not not least my Trek1120, the adventure bikepacking bike, with which I go every now and then on Overnighter Tour and recently toured Mongolia.


How often?

All year round. My Schwalbe studded tires will be used from December and hardly a day goes by when I am not on my bike. All in all, I certainly get 280-300 bike days a year.


Since when?

It all started with a  Bonanza bike, probably mid 70s and continued with a used Motobecane racing bike in British Green, with which I then had a somewhat bad crash. Things got really serious in the late 80s, when the mountain bike boom hit Germany. I've had a fever ever since. and that's a good thing. Since then: a bad day cycling beats a good day working.


How is your impression of Moto's? (optical / haptic etc.) 

Simple, clever and stylish. On top of that, the function is just impeccable, good grip and visually an eye-catcher, which often leads to the question "heha, what pedals are these?


Which word do you think of the Moto's?

Design meets function. GrandeGrip.

How do you rate the new grip level?

Excellent. I've ridden a lot of pedals .... and honestly, between us: I once had a platform pedal with relatively little contact surface, from which I slipped in a race with my daughter and promptly broke my collarbone. So: I understand that grip is important.


What is the difference to conventional pedals (with / without pins) for you, (or advantages / disadvantages?)

Pins sometimes can be quite uncomfortabel. Especially out on the trails, they have often pierced my shins. I´d rather have a clean grip in stylish optics. In addition, pins require a good sole and just kill your shoes, with the MOTO´s I even get a good grip without Five Ten.

Also see Udo Kewitsch Roadtrip with the Rennstahl 853 Pinion

Urban Pedal