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Old 09-15-13, 05:50 AM
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Gre aus Berlin

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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.
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Old 09-15-13, 07:54 AM
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Welcome Pete. Glad you found us. Post pics of your bike (with local scenery) when you get a chance.
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Old 09-15-13, 07:15 PM
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Welcome to BF!
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Old 09-16-13, 04:13 PM
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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.
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Old 09-17-13, 10:14 AM
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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.
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