Bicycle Types: How to Pick the Best Bike for You
The bike has become far more than a means of transport. It is status symbol and statement in one. Especially in big cities like Berlin, people choose their bikes according to their personal lifestyle. Sporty, comfortable, colourful or practical – there is a bike for everyone.
Reduced to the essence: The fixie
You are athletic and have style. But looking closely, you notice that something is missing: the so called fixed-gear bike – fixie for short – has neither brakes nor gears. Despite or rather because of this, bike messengers and other daredevil city dwellers are going mad for them. Are you an adrenalin junkie? Then the fixie is for you.
All retro: The racing bike
Especially in Berlin, trendsetting bikers have rediscovered the racing bike. And for a reason: these two-wheelers from the 80s, with classic bent handlebars and slim tires, are flexible and incredibly fast. Original varnished steel frames from Peugeot, Bianchi or Colnago are especially in demand. For many, the retro racing bike is not only an article of virtu but a real status symbol. You like to travel fast, stylish and light? Then you were born to ride a vintage racer.
Royally comfortable: The roadster
Roadsters are the most comfortable way to push the pedals. The big heavy Omafiets – “Grandma bike” as it’s called in Holland – can accommodate a basket or child seat. You sit upright, which is good for the back and keeping an overview. Roadsters are both statement and lifestyle – it’s all a matter of attitude. You don’t want to stress and race around? Then a roadster is the bike for you.
Miniature mobility: The folding bike
It is light, compact and also quite fast. But the best is that it folds to the size of a sports bag in under a minute. For commuters, the folding bike is the ultimate in mobility and freedom. Fed up with walking from the metro station to the office? Say hi to your new companion – a practical folding bike.
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