November 14, 2013

Our Berlin Bikes

Peter and I spent the month of October 2013 in Berlin, a very bike-friendly city. Soon after we arrived, we identified MietRadMitte as the first bike rental shop to try to find our bikes for the month. The shop’s website advertised Gazelles for rent with a slogan that would translate as “Elegance on two wheels.” We imagined riding around town on swanky black Gazelles like so many other Berliners.
When we arrived at the small basement-level shop, we were presented with maroon-colored Gazelles for us to rent at a reasonable price. Yet, these maroon Gazelles were not of the same high-quality standard as the ubiquitous black Gazelles. The rental bikes were not as solid, well-built or smooth-riding as one would expect from the Gazelle brand, but they still served their purpose as our main means of transportation and were no embarrassment to ride. The fact that they were used to the point of being a bit rickety just added some character - like a pair of well-worn jeans.
I commuted from our sublet apartment in Friederichshain to my daily German class at the Goethe Institut in Mitte (center of the city), about three miles away. Dutch bikes and my Fjallraven backpack, which I found to be a common item in Berlin, allowed us to better blend into the city’s population and experience the Berliner everyday. 

After five weeks in the saddle of the maroon Gazelle, it was bittersweet to say "tschüss."

41 comments:

  1. I have been checking out a few of your stories and i can state pretty good stuff. I will definitely bookmark your blog Bikes or Bicycles I am definitely enjoying your website. You definitely have some great insight and great stories.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Being able to hold the bar ends which are at ninety degrees to your handle bars gives you a better grip position, and this in turn provides improved efficiency while peddling. https://www.evernote.com/shard/s473/sh/fd7a569e-d497-45a5-b888-cbdced83c224/ae0ff1c8d0b67e565755e875aacc1a4c

    ReplyDelete
  3. I think this is an informative post and it is very useful and knowledgeable. therefore, I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. lej en cykel

    ReplyDelete
  4. cargo bike rental Thank you so much as you have been willing to share information with us. We will forever admire all you have done here because you have made my work as easy as ABC.

    ReplyDelete
  5. bike rental copenhagen You have outdone yourself this time. It is probably the best, most short step by step guide that I have ever seen.

    ReplyDelete
  6. christania’s “cheap bike rentals” bikes are rolling across the city. The system, less than a year old, is funded by christania’s municipal government. It is currently only in one of christania’s 22 administrative districts. Although a 2nd generation system, there are 12 “Houses” in this district, each with around 40 bikes. The yearly subscription cost is the equivalent of $2 US, and allows the use of a bike for up to four hours at a time. In less than a year, there have been 6,000 subscriptions sold. There are larger 3rd generation systems in the world, which do not have a subscription to bike ratio as big as that.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow what a Great Information about World Day its extremely pleasant instructive post. a debt of gratitude is in order for the post. Best Mountain Bikes Under 300

    ReplyDelete
  8. Money (I carry money with me, yet abandon it in the car. I possibly do this if the sum is under $3000. Harley Decals

    ReplyDelete
  9. In case you're energetic about biking and it's a major piece of your life however you're searching for a street bike then you should ensure you're getting the most ideal.motorcycle atv jack lift

    ReplyDelete
  10. Impressive web site, Distinguished feedback that I can tackle. I am moving forward and may apply to my current job as a pet sitter, which is very enjoyable, but I need to additional expand. Regards Velo électrique

    ReplyDelete
  11. I am jovial you take pride in what you write. It makes you stand way out from many other writers that can not push high-quality content like you. aqui

    ReplyDelete
  12. very interesting post.this is my first time visit here.i found so mmany interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion..thanks for the post! buy likes on instagram uk cheap

    ReplyDelete
  13. I like your post. It is good to see you verbalize from the heart and clarity on this important subject can be easily observed... Mot Berkshire

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wow, excellent post. I'd like to draft like this too - taking time and real hard work to make a great article. This post has encouraged me to write some posts that I am going to write soon. compact tractors for sale

    ReplyDelete
  15. It is consequently that you should likewise put resources into a snowmobile when you put resources into your fantasy lodge. It will make the experience of investigating the forested areas a lot simpler on a polaris snowmobile or in the event that you favor a yamaha snowmobile. Likewise with all beneficial things in life you will settle on a decision between numerous sorts of snowmobiles available to be purchased.Snowmobile Handlebars

    ReplyDelete
  16. Home of the weekend rental, our team is fast, efficient, courteous and passionate about having fun.​look at this site

    ReplyDelete
  17. Apply for LottoVIP Login Lotto VIP Apply online lottery website to join the fun with Thai lottery,pay the best price, 100% confident.หวย lottovip

    ReplyDelete
  18. Radonisasilentkiller.It’sacolorless,odorlesswhichnaturallyoccursinthegroundbelowus.browsethissite

    ReplyDelete
  19. If you are passionate about what you do, you will have endless energy to devote.Where women outperform men

    ReplyDelete
  20. Joker Gaming is better than ever. Collection of many games from Joker Game, unique, better than ever.สล็อต joker

    ReplyDelete
  21. From traditional limos to classic rides, all our cars are of first-class quality with certified drivers for our client's safety.Party Bus for Proms

    ReplyDelete
  22. We are Wisconsin’s best radon mitigation and radon testing specialists.  With over 20 years of combined experience.view publisher site

    ReplyDelete
  23. Presence of termites in one's home can lead to disastrous consequences, if not taken care of within appropriate time.Termite Control service Lahore

    ReplyDelete
  24. The source of the best online slot games It comes in the form of famous anime from Japan such as One Piece, Naruto.PG Slot

    ReplyDelete
  25. Kbc Lottery Winner 2021 list for information online like Kaun Banega Crorepati Lucky draw Winners 2021.Kbc head office number

    ReplyDelete
  26. Kbc Sweepstakes Success 2021 listing for facts on line just like Kaun Banega Crorepati Fortuitous bring Those who win 2021.Kbc all india sim lucky drow

    ReplyDelete
  27. RE-OPEN AND OPERATE SAFELYMANAGE WAIT LIST AND CUSTOMER FLOW. SAFE REMOTE WAITING

    ReplyDelete
  28. Eat-and-go commerce is the NO.1 eat-and-see community that listens to the voices of users and always strives to create a fair Toto culture.토토사이트

    ReplyDelete
  29. NYcarservice company is the best black car service that is secure for all your transport needs in New York City.hire a driver for a day nyc

    ReplyDelete
  30. We provide Kbc lottery winner 2022 Mumbai and Kbc lottery winner season 13 data online like Kaun Banega Crorepati Lucky Winners, Lucky Winners 2022.Kbc official website

    ReplyDelete
  31. Discount brokers are simply stockbrokers who provide their services at a lower rate compared to full-service brokers.top 10 stock brokers in india

    ReplyDelete
  32. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Kbc Lottery Winner 2022 list for information online like Kaun Banega Crorepati Lucky draw Winners 2022.Kbc lottery winner

    ReplyDelete
  34. KEDAIGAMING.com as the best online gambling site equipped with all types of bets ranging from online card games online lottery which can be enjoyed at the same time using only 1 userid. Kedaigaming

    ReplyDelete
  35. Kbc Lottery Winner 2022 list for information online like Kaun Banega Crorepati Lucky draw Winners 2022.Kbc head office number

    ReplyDelete
  36. We provide Kbc lottery winner 2022 Mumbai and Kbc lottery winner season.Kbc lucky draw 2022

    ReplyDelete
  37. Kbc Financial success 2022 showing with respect to truth on the internet like Kaun Banega Crorepati Fortuitous draw People acquire 2022.Kbc head office number

    ReplyDelete