Wednesday, December 1, 2010
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Saturday, November 13, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
I set off in the morning at the Donaukanal bike path ...
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
|Me on a Vélib' near Paris 6 University|
Saturday, September 4, 2010
There were different ads (you can see them in Youtube) with the motto, but if I had to choose I would take this one:
Until the end of the ad, you are not sure what it is about...then you see the motto and start noticing some details...which ones do you get? Do you think the motto is appropriate? And, last but not least, do you like the ad?
The more I watch it, the more I am amazed on how well it was orchestrated!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
|Sea view from the ferry Aurora|
Saturday, August 21, 2010
|Segregated two-way cycle path and bike lane in Paris|
Thursday, August 19, 2010
|IC (Intercity) train of the German railway company DB at Frankfurt train station|
Monday, August 16, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
During this Renaissance fair, many activities related to this time are held. One of these activities is always an open air exhibition about some topic related to Medieval and Renaissance times. This year it was related to Leonardo's prototypes and surely, there was this:
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Still, over-priced bicycles are on their way. I finally got the message when I strolled through the posh center of Vienna last night. A bicycle in a shop window at the Graben.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
- outside: 37°C (= 99 F) in a city full of concrete, few trees
- asphalt: 50°C (= 122 F) according to some measurements by Asfinag
- office: certainly > 30°C (= 86 F), estimated 32°C (= 90 F) during the day in a metal-glass-house with no air conditioning whatsoever
- home: 28°C (= 82 F) and no air conditioning, almost no cooling at night
|Cyclist in Jaipur, India -- around 43°C (= 109 F)|
Sunday, July 11, 2010
But what about people in very rural areas? There are generally little paved streets and it's tough going. Countrymen use tractors and robust four-wheel drive. Sometimes, however, such vehicles are too big. The military, for example, uses bicycles to patrol at the Austrian border in Burgenland:
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
>> If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. << (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
Whenever I cycle on the weekend myself, try new bike routes or generally explore areas that I have never been to before by bicycle, I too feel this enthusiasm and pure joy of cycling. Last weekend was one of these occasions...
I put on my new stripy jersey dress, carried Paula up from the basement and set off for the unexpected. Also with me, a map printed from anachb.at (useful Viennese-area route planner), sunglasses, a hat and some of my cameras.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Initially we had only planned to cycle as far as Klosterneuburg, but continued along the Danube on the EuroVelo 6 route till Greifenstein. So all in all we cycled about 45 km (that is 28 miles).
|Map of the tour [plotted using anachb.at]|
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
In fact, that's also why I don't cycle so much anymore. Since two months now I live only 5 min from work (by foot!) and a similar distance from the nearest grocery shop. What initially sounds great also has some side effects. I simply don't get enough exercise. Every day I feel less and less energetic and less efficient at work, but am more tired and more distracted with other things. Cycling from and to work was not just the perfect way of moving my butt, but also a good isolator between work and leisure. I am missing both of these positive effects, but am trying to replace them by something else now.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
|You have to get an official permission for|
outdoor advertising, and pay quite a lot of
money. Some creative small entrepreneurs
have figured out that it is allowed to lock
bikes almost everywhere...
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Well, it so happened that I had to go shopping for other purposes. I'm rather lazy when it comes to housework, and although our new couch is pretty nice it gets dusty quite easily. What to do?
For a while know I was tinkering with the idea of buying a fancy throw-over. Today I finally grabbed my "new look" bike bag and Paula and headed off to the 20th district with a mission.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Well, all our bikes are nothing compared to bicycles in India. Indian bicycles are very simple. The vast majority is exceedingly old, heavy and single speed. There are no lights nor reflectors installed. The saddle as well as the carrier are huge and seem comfy and stable, respectively. The most beautiful piece of an Indian bicycle is the big shiny bicycle bell. Fantastic!
Friday, June 11, 2010
People around the world have different attitudes towards cycling. The attitudes even vary within Europe. In some cultures cycling is a sport, in others it is a way to get around. Some people do it just for fun. There are also presumptions on who should ride a bike and who should not. I've been writing here more or less regularly since the last fall, and so far haven't gotten around to tell you about what cycling is and who ride a bike in my culture. So I'll tell you about that today.
Let me start with how common it is. This is the view from my front door.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I have difficulties determining the species of this one. It could be a hybrid of feline species such as tiger and leopard. If you have a theory, please let us know! So here it is: let me present the Safari Bike!
Friday, June 4, 2010
In Vienna, many streets have traffic lights. So crossing a street as a pedestrian (and often also cyclist) is done by the following procedure:
- approach the junction
- (press a button)
Many times on small roads I find that the traffic lights are not necessary because a) there is not much car traffic in the first place and b) pedestrians have green when most of the car traffic has too, anyhow.
In Vienna, there are a lot of traffic lights for cyclists. The seperate ones are pretty neat, as long as they are not "on demand" lights (it takes ages for them to turn green, and especially when I wear thick gloves in the winter, they are not so easy to use).
However, most of the time cyclists' lights are included in the pedestrians' ones. This is a big disadvantage, because cyclists are much faster than pedestrians, and we could do with a much shorter clearing phase and hence a longer green phase (cyclists are actually much closer to "normal" traffic than to pedestrians). Especially on the Gürtel bike path, cyclists have a huge disadvantage due to these joint lights as well as due to turning cars -- we just miss the progressive signals at almost every junction, i.e. on average every 50-200 m. By the way, this is called "Grüne Welle" (green wave) in German. I like that term, but I would like it even more if it would refer to bike rather than car traffic.
How is it like in your town? Are there many traffic lights? Special ones for cyclists? Green waves for cyclists?
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
What? Well, a bicycle!
Nothing special, you say, you see bicycles every day?
Well, not this one!
This one is special because it is personalized. Here I present you the one and only tiger bike.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
- my doctor
- a bike shop
- the Vienna University of Technology to meet a friend
Setting off at home, I picked up Paula from the basement. There is a huge bike storage room in the house, but there are less stairs from our compartment in the basement to the street than from the bike storage room, so I keep my beloved there for the moment.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Wir sind in Berlin. Das sieht man doch am Fernsehturm im Hintergrund, oder? Gut, dieser Herr ist Franzose und er freut sich, denn seine Berliner Freunde haben ihm ein Fahrrad geliehen, um die Stadt zu besichtigen. Super.
We are in Berlin. That's obvious because of the tv tower in the background, isn't it? Well, this gentleman is a Frenchman and he is happy that his Berlin friends lent him a bicycle for sightseeing. Great.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
In contrast, there is the Wien Energie ad about E-bikes: