I am a Canadian living in Berlin since 3 years, transplanted from Vancouver. The pro-bicycle culture of this city combined with the extensive cycling infrastructure coaxed me back onto a bike after an extended break and converted me into a two-wheeled fanatic. After my practical but deeply unsexy hub-geared aluminum city bike was stolen this spring, I bought a used steel road bike and decided I like to go fast. Currently I'm obsessing over getting into the fixed gear world and coveting the Wabi Special as my entry-point. I've been lurking on the sidelines of BikeForums for a while and decided it's time to stop being a creep and participate. At the moment I'm unapologetically leeching off your centuries of collective wisdom, but someday hope to be able to contribute my own two cents.
Gruesse aus Langley, BC. Sorry to hear your bike was stolen. I bought 2 'beaters' on Craig's List in the spring (mtn and road bike) and no one even looks at them. I cycle from
our home in Walnut Grove to Ft Langley almost every day (18 km) and now I am ready for a fast road bike. I hope you find a good bike - maybe used? BTW, I was in Berlin
last October for 2 days - couldn't get tickets to get into the Reichstag building to shake Mrs. Merkel's hand.
I used to commute (by car) to Langley for work from Vancouver, 45km each way. The Port Mann bridge, non-twinned in those days, was the soul-destroying bane of my existence. Its really a delight to be in a place where I can cycle the lion's share of the 12 km to and from work while enjoying the safety and luxury of curb-mounted bike lanes. Here's hoping my future perspective on gridlocked, stop-and-go traffic will remain that of the cyclist... there's something really satisfying about zipping past the four-wheeled prison cells as they inch along, bumper to bumper.
Bike theft in Berlin is a serious problem, everybody seems to have their own sob story (or two). My current ride is a 20 year old steel road bike, a solid and nimble ride, but one which doesn't exactly stand out in the rack. When I treat myself to something a little more fancypants, you better believe it will be spending the nights in my front hall.