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. As a surprise for Christmas, my father had delayed it until the last moment, and when I thought “that's it now” came this orange “BigBang”…. I felt like a hero, right after Winnetou and Ledererstockft.

Which is your favorite bike at the moment?

Boh, that's a very 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. In the course of time, however, there are certain equal majority ratios within the family council, to which I then, albeit reluctantly, submit. Ergo. 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. I.e. in winter you can go out wonderfully with snowshoes, or grab a kayak and relax on the Bavarian Sea. A few years I fell in love with squash, and after more than 2 decades active playing time, my knees appealed. So, I think about cycling when I am not cycling.

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

Usually for cycling. Seriously, I'll take the whole spectrum. With the graveler on asphalt and light gravel, it is more the overland tours. Plow through the woods on a fat bike in 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 there for traveling. All that remains is my Trek1120, the adventure bikepacking bike, with which I go on an overnighter tour every now and then 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?

Ohje ... It all started with a  Bonanzarad,  probably mid 70s and continued with a used Motobecane racing bike in British Green, with which I then had a somewhat rad accident. Things really  gots erious end of the 80s, when the mountain bike boom came to 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.) 

They're cool, man. Simple, clever and stylish. In addition, there is simply the impeccable function, perfect support, good grip, affordable and visually simply an eye-catcher, which often leads to the question "heha, what kind of pedals are these?"

Which word do you think of the Moto's?

Design meets function. GrandeGrip.

How do you rate the new grip behavior?

Very good. Seriously: I've ridden a lot of pedals…. And to be honest, between us: I once had a platform pedal with a relatively small contact surface, from which I slipped during a race with my daughter and promptly broke my collarbone. So: I know that grip is important.

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

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