Europe is E-Bike crazy right now, so I decided that EuroBike would be a good place to see the latest in E-Bike technology. I tried to find a local ride by asking around the bike shops, no luck. The train was all day but the bus for $27 to Munich then $15 to Friedrichshafen, seemed like the best option.
WHY AM I SO CRAZY ABOUT ELECTRIC BIKES?
A recent study on the environment impact of e-bikes vs other forms of transportation found that e-bikes are about:
- 18 times more energy efficient than an SUV
- 13 times more energy efficient than a sedan
- 6 times more energy efficient than rail transit
- and, of about equal impact to the environment as a conventional bicycle.
I took the night bus and arrived in Munich about 7am. I didn’t have a map to my “SMART STAY HOSTEL”. I asked the Kebab guy, (the only shop open) for the wifi password, NO! Some of the buses had wifi, so as the buses arrived I would stand next to them, I finally got connected and my got directions to my hostel. It was only a 1.5 mile walk. I’ve never been to Munich (photo tour) so I came a day early, to have a look around. I needed to buy my ticket to Friedrichshafen where EuroBike is being hosted. I spent nearly the whole day buying bus tickets and walking around, aimlessly. I went to rent a bike, when I finally found the location, I was told they had gone out of business. Maybe they should remove their advertisements from the hostel?
I had to visit 3 different ticket sellers at 2 different locations to get all the bus tickets I needed. In some ways Germany is not very easy to navigate. Something that was super cool were the luxury buses, (once you got a ticket), they were super nice.
I didn’t have a room for the first night. So the tourist office hooked me up an apartment at the campground. I had emailed the campground the week before, but I never got a response. The room (with bathroom down the hall) was $80 and I had to pay to use the WIFI. The more I attempted to use the internet the more I realized there’s “a lock” on it in Germany. I got free WIFI in nearly every country I visited. Now I’m in Europe’s economic powerhouse-Germany and you must pay to play!
This time I rented a bike at the bus station, when I arrived. Missing basket, broken lights and a squeaky chain, Oh how I miss not having my own bike.
I finally get there and what do I see?
You can ride in a Zeppelin for 200 euro ($265) for 1/2 hour, You can save 5 euro it’s only 395 euro for an hour. i actually thought about it for a minute? Whens the next time you’ll be able to ride in a Zeppelin, I may have to come back and give it a try, maybe when I retire.
My friend, Meghan from Portland works for NUTCASE BIKE HELMETS and she got me a one-day pass, that also allowed me to buy 3 more days.
NOW FOR THE BIKE PHOTO SHOW AND THE AMAZING NEW STUFF FOR BIKES
The test area for the electric bikes was packed. No one was wearing a helmet (I was), we were “testing” electric bikes, watch out. There was probably 50-75 bikes on the track at once. The Stromer Electric Bike was the 2014 EuroBike Gold Medal Winner. I had to try it, super fast! and fun!
I went over and tried the Raleigh Electric Bike, nearly the same specs, but 1/2 the price. I liked that it wasn’t all business, there was lots of activities going on. There was a organization from Amsterdam, that recycles the frames from abandoned bicycles.
I went to 3 days of EuroBike, it was alot. I’ve got some more photos and stories. So yep, Part II is where I will wrap up the rest of EuroBike. I will post the photo links in the next blog post.