Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-13-06, 10:31 AM   #1
ImOnCrank
Yay!11! I has!!!1
Thread Starter
 
ImOnCrank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastcoast
Bikes: Cocaine the white stallion, Custom Witcomb pista, (Being restored) 80's Pogliaghi Track, (destroyed) RAP Round Breeze NJS, Cannondale Jekyll 900, 84/5 Pinarello Montello (all italian)
Posts: 1,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm thinking about heading to Berlin for the first weekend in Feb. Anybody got any good info or people to see? Anyone care to join me and tear around the city on bikes?
__________________
Bloodstains, speed kills, fast bikes, cheap thrills, French girls, fine wine...
ImOnCrank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-06, 12:27 PM   #2
165mm_49_16
welk soort fiets is dat?
 
165mm_49_16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 88
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ImOnCrank
I'm thinking about heading to Berlin for the first weekend in Feb. Anybody got any good info or people to see? Anyone care to join me and tear around the city on bikes?

berlin is dope for riding! some bikes. few fixed gears/track bikes. the messengers, while all having fixed gears, ride road/mountain bikes...

the guys at the keirin cafe are worth stopping by to see. they can also point you to the bagjack warehouse which is in the area...

http://www.keirinberlin.de/

http://www.bagjack.com/site.html

both places are run/owned by super cool people...

the neurotitan gallery is a store/artspace that shouldn't be missed... they have some pretty good shows hanging most of the time. they hosted a faile/bast show in 2003. it's near the office/dispatch of a local messenger company and some other cool stuff.

http://neurotitan.de/

it's gonna be SUPER cold/rainy there in february...
165mm_49_16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-06, 01:02 PM   #3
stendhalian
summer vacation since '85
 
stendhalian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: vancouver, canada
Bikes: vitali alu road frame conversion, debernardi track
Posts: 657
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i lived in berlin for a year. you'll have a blast. although winter is pretty harsh. just very cold. doesnt dump too much snow...hit up prenzlauerberg and kreuzberg. mitte as well. best areas in berlin. i have to admit i never hung in west berlin the whole time i was there. best streets:

oranienstrasse in kreuzberg, kastanienalle in prenzlauerberg, alteschonhauseralle in mitte.

bike rides in the tiergarten are nice. all over berlin is good, people are friendly and aware of cyclists in the road, seriously curteous drivers compared to where i'm from, i was blown away. just ride around and drink cans of becks from all the little imbis's (food stands) all around berlin. ask for currywurst mit pommes. or wurst im brot in alexanderplatz from the walking sausage stands...maybe your vegetarian? if you are, its sort of tough in berlin. vegan? forget it. if you want to check out art galleries they are all over berlin. walk into most galleries, especially in mittte and pick up the little "index" magazine and it will tell you everything that's on. kunstlerhaus bethanien on marieannenplatz in kreuzberg is a big arts complex with tons of shows. there is an english speaking weekly there. can't remember what it's called, it'll tell you lots of stuff thats on.

you are going to berlin...you are stoked!

zwei becks grossen, bitte!!

i'll be in berlin between 16th of march and 31st of march this year. how long you hanging around for?

Last edited by stendhalian; 01-13-06 at 01:08 PM.
stendhalian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-06, 01:56 PM   #4
Mueslix
Senior Member
 
Mueslix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: SuckaFree City
Bikes: chopper, Team Fuji, Velo Orange Polyvalent
Posts: 338
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Watch out for all the crazy trolley tracks.
Mueslix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-06, 02:07 PM   #5
max-a-mill
aspiring dirtbag commuter
 
max-a-mill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: philly
Bikes:
Posts: 2,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
actually it's:

zwei grosse becks bitte....

i was on the butt other end of germany for a year. winters are seriously dreary but hopefully you'll have enough to do and drink enough of the outstanding beer that it wont matter much.
max-a-mill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-06, 02:36 PM   #6
ImOnCrank
Yay!11! I has!!!1
Thread Starter
 
ImOnCrank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastcoast
Bikes: Cocaine the white stallion, Custom Witcomb pista, (Being restored) 80's Pogliaghi Track, (destroyed) RAP Round Breeze NJS, Cannondale Jekyll 900, 84/5 Pinarello Montello (all italian)
Posts: 1,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just booked the tix now. Only gonna be there from the 2nd to the 6th of Feb but I'll be in London until June and travelling all around from the 24th of March to the 24th of April. Thinking about doing a ride from Florence to Rome through Siena and Tuscany on the Pogliaghi some time during then though if you wanna come...? Anbody know any people in the city who rides and might have a floor to crash on?
__________________
Bloodstains, speed kills, fast bikes, cheap thrills, French girls, fine wine...
ImOnCrank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-06, 04:34 PM   #7
stendhalian
summer vacation since '85
 
stendhalian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: vancouver, canada
Bikes: vitali alu road frame conversion, debernardi track
Posts: 657
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ImOnCrank
Just booked the tix now. Only gonna be there from the 2nd to the 6th of Feb but I'll be in London until June and travelling all around from the 24th of March to the 24th of April. Thinking about doing a ride from Florence to Rome through Siena and Tuscany on the Pogliaghi some time during then though if you wanna come...? Anbody know any people in the city who rides and might have a floor to crash on?
i'll be in london march 6th to sometime after the 16th (i'm involved in an art show there). i am seriously considering bringing my bike, although i've never brought a bike on the plane before...wtf, i have to bring my bike! maybe we go for a ride around london? i've been to london tons, but have never ridden a bike there.
stendhalian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-06, 07:08 PM   #8
ImOnCrank
Yay!11! I has!!!1
Thread Starter
 
ImOnCrank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastcoast
Bikes: Cocaine the white stallion, Custom Witcomb pista, (Being restored) 80's Pogliaghi Track, (destroyed) RAP Round Breeze NJS, Cannondale Jekyll 900, 84/5 Pinarello Montello (all italian)
Posts: 1,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hell yes you gotta bring your bike here. We'll set something up for ya.
__________________
Bloodstains, speed kills, fast bikes, cheap thrills, French girls, fine wine...
ImOnCrank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-06, 10:30 PM   #9
TheDL
Survival of the Fitest
 
TheDL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: PDX
Bikes: 198? Univega Custom Maxima, 2009 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno
Posts: 1,559
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"Das Vaterland"

I thought there was a new Star Wars theme park in Switzerland or something...
TheDL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-06, 07:18 PM   #10
ImOnCrank
Yay!11! I has!!!1
Thread Starter
 
ImOnCrank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastcoast
Bikes: Cocaine the white stallion, Custom Witcomb pista, (Being restored) 80's Pogliaghi Track, (destroyed) RAP Round Breeze NJS, Cannondale Jekyll 900, 84/5 Pinarello Montello (all italian)
Posts: 1,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Bump. Still looking for good stuff to do and good people to see.
__________________
Bloodstains, speed kills, fast bikes, cheap thrills, French girls, fine wine...
ImOnCrank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-06, 07:20 PM   #11
stendhalian
summer vacation since '85
 
stendhalian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: vancouver, canada
Bikes: vitali alu road frame conversion, debernardi track
Posts: 657
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ImOnCrank
Bump. Still looking for good stuff to do and good people to see.
i need to get a cheap bike bag/case/ box

i am worried about my bike getting damaged

my itinerary is london march 10th around till march18th ...then berlin, then frankfurt...
stendhalian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-06, 12:39 PM   #12
woof
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 177
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Canadian writer Stan Persky has written a lot about a certain sub-culture of Berlin.
http://www.stanpersky.de/
Autobiography of a Tattoo is his memoir of a holiday in Berlin
woof is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-06, 01:11 PM   #13
Flippin Sweet
oh, snap.
 
Flippin Sweet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: the motherland.
Bikes:
Posts: 225
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
+1 for the brats in alexanderplatz or near Berliner Dom. I was in Berlin spring break of last year. it was cold as ****, but a brat and a german beer in front of Berliner Dom warmed us right up. For riding, definitely do the Tiergarten. And all the touristy ****. If you can get someone to show you the REAL bits that are left of the wall, it's pretty cool. It now has murals painted on it, including this. We crashed at a friend's place (who no longer lives there), so I'm sorry I can't help you out with that. But have a great time. The city frigging rules.
Flippin Sweet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-06, 01:55 PM   #14
Mueslix
Senior Member
 
Mueslix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: SuckaFree City
Bikes: chopper, Team Fuji, Velo Orange Polyvalent
Posts: 338
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I went for Love Parade, and had an outdated Lonely Planet guide, so I don't know how much of a help I can be. Really depends on your interests. I spend my nights at clubs, and days at museums and sight seeing. The Filmmuseum is really good, but I'm a bit obsessed with cinema.
Mueslix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-06, 07:20 PM   #15
redfooj
pluralis majestatis
 
redfooj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: you rope
Bikes: 20 W/st.
Posts: 3,325
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 54 Post(s)
why would anyone want to drink becks if they are in germany?
redfooj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-06, 07:37 PM   #16
travsi
i don't stop
 
travsi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: basel, switzerland
Bikes: soma rush, giro
Posts: 1,058
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
check out dustin's shop in the prenzlauerberg area.
http://www.cicli-berlinetta.de/

... and have fun on the numerous cobble stone roads.
__________________
velospace
travsi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-06, 07:49 PM   #17
stendhalian
summer vacation since '85
 
stendhalian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: vancouver, canada
Bikes: vitali alu road frame conversion, debernardi track
Posts: 657
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by redfooj
why would anyone want to drink becks if they are in germany?
or berliner pilsener or whatever...becks is everywhere and cheap and good.
stendhalian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-06, 05:17 AM   #18
ImOnCrank
Yay!11! I has!!!1
Thread Starter
 
ImOnCrank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastcoast
Bikes: Cocaine the white stallion, Custom Witcomb pista, (Being restored) 80's Pogliaghi Track, (destroyed) RAP Round Breeze NJS, Cannondale Jekyll 900, 84/5 Pinarello Montello (all italian)
Posts: 1,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by travsi
check out dustin's shop in the prenzlauerberg area.
http://www.cicli-berlinetta.de/

... and have fun on the numerous cobble stone roads.
The bikes section of that site made me soil my trousers. Good god...
__________________
Bloodstains, speed kills, fast bikes, cheap thrills, French girls, fine wine...
ImOnCrank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-06, 10:53 AM   #19
ImOnCrank
Yay!11! I has!!!1
Thread Starter
 
ImOnCrank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastcoast
Bikes: Cocaine the white stallion, Custom Witcomb pista, (Being restored) 80's Pogliaghi Track, (destroyed) RAP Round Breeze NJS, Cannondale Jekyll 900, 84/5 Pinarello Montello (all italian)
Posts: 1,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Alright looks like I'ma be staying at the circus hostel on Weinburgsweg pretty close to Mitte but leaving the bike at home unfortunately. Thanks for the info everyone. Better remember to write all this isht down before I go.
__________________
Bloodstains, speed kills, fast bikes, cheap thrills, French girls, fine wine...
ImOnCrank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-06, 11:44 AM   #20
Rincewind8
Radfahrer
 
Rincewind8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 656
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ImOnCrank
close to Mitte but leaving the bike at home unfortunately.
You could rent a bike... for example here:
http://www.fahrradstation.de/

Fahrradverleih = bike rental
mieten = to rent

Those are probably not the best and most definitely not single speed bikes, but they are bikes.

If you need help with translation, write me a PM.
Have fun in Berlin.
__________________
TH 1.81 (133kg*62)
Rincewind8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-06, 03:06 PM   #21
stendhalian
summer vacation since '85
 
stendhalian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: vancouver, canada
Bikes: vitali alu road frame conversion, debernardi track
Posts: 657
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
have fun in berlin dude. too bad about your bike not coming with you. my flight is booked to london. arrive march 8th. i'll be somewhat busy installing my contribution to a show there (at royal college). ill be staying at a flat in hackney...i'll PM you before i go and maybe we can set up a few beers and a ride?
stendhalian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-06, 04:20 PM   #22
WithNail
Senior Member
 
WithNail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Chicago
Bikes:
Posts: 772
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ImOnCrank
The bikes section of that site made me soil my trousers. Good god...
and that's only a few of the stuff that dustin and bragen(sp) have in their shop. The shop even has a shelfs and an entire display case made of wood from a velodrome that was torn down in berlin a couple years ago. My suggestion if you want a good bike is to go to Keirin or Cicliberlinetta, hang out the whole day, make friends with someone and ask them nicely if someone will lend you a bike. Hell, dustin has so many bikes it's pretty likely he would have something for you. Dustin always has restoring work to do so you could probably polish up a set of wheels for that. Bragen is an awesome guy to show you arround town if he's not busy at work or with his beautiful new daughter. Dustin is awesome too and would probably be more than happy to show you arround or go out for a few drinks with you. Most couriers will stop at either one of these two shops at sometime durring the day so it should be pretty easy to meet people.

Tell everyone that Henry from Madrid/Boston says hi.

PM me if you would like more info.
WithNail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-06, 09:54 AM   #23
ImOnCrank
Yay!11! I has!!!1
Thread Starter
 
ImOnCrank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastcoast
Bikes: Cocaine the white stallion, Custom Witcomb pista, (Being restored) 80's Pogliaghi Track, (destroyed) RAP Round Breeze NJS, Cannondale Jekyll 900, 84/5 Pinarello Montello (all italian)
Posts: 1,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ah so much more love. I think I'm aight with the translation. Well not really but I'm American right? We're world renowned for our complete ignorance of everything! That an I got a phrasebook I been lookin at. "Wo sind meine hosen?" I'll def head over to cicli and keirin first thing to see what's up and give em a shout out for you Henry.
__________________
Bloodstains, speed kills, fast bikes, cheap thrills, French girls, fine wine...
ImOnCrank is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:57 AM.