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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.