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A Tourer in Berlin v. Haulin' My Own

Old 03-20-09, 07:17 PM
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A Tourer in Berlin v. Haulin' My Own

The $64,000 question (or it only seems that expensive) in my upcoming trip to Berlin and environs is whether I can pick up a decent tourer in Berlin after shopping for a day or two, as opposed to schlepping my Colnago Classic-meets-commuter over and dealing with all the airline hassle, etc.

I'm there for a month. And hope to do both the Main River route and a decent stretch of the Danube.

Can I find a decent bike in Berlin and avoid the schleppage? Can I find one for, say, 350 Euros tops?

Any insights most welcome on this eternal question o' touring.

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Here's a quick link to Berlin Bike shops.

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?rlz=1C...e-results&cd=1

I imagine if you email them, you'll be able to find something. Euro 350 is about 300 I think. You could probably pick up something basic that would do the trick, or as for something used, if they had it.

As for Berlin - my friend, you are a lucky man to be touring there. I did a week's tour last summer from Berlin to Dresden, and it was excellent. We went down the Elbe, which while rough in places, was a wonderful ride.

While in Berlin, check out the Metzer Eck if you get time. It's a bar in Prenzlauerberg which used to be an old Stasi haunt.
Don;t forget to cycle down the Unter Den Linden, and through the Branenburg gate. It has to be done.
Look out for the bullet holes on the sides of buildings, in the doorways and on the tombstones in the graveyards. It's something you don;t often see in other cities. It's a reminder of how relatively recently the place was ravaged by war.
Cycle through the Grunewald, if you get chance. When you're puffing up the hills, consider that they're made out of the rubble left over after the British, Americans and Russians had pounded the place flat. You can sometimes see bits of concrete and stone sticking out of the ground.
then go for a row on one of the lakes. Nothing like it.
Check out Ernst Thallman Park - there's one of the last big communist staues there.
And go up the TV tower in Alexanderplatz and check out the eyes of the lift attendants - bloodshot from the constant change in altitude.
I found the East of the city the best and most authentic. The west reminded me of any city in the Western world.
Oh, I could go on and on...

Here are some pics from my Berlin - dresden tour. there's some of Berlin in there:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/philips...7612710577505/

Hope that helps
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