Bicycles

My remarks in inter­views and videos about own­ing 13 bicy­cles has cre­ated quite a cor­re­spon­dence. Here now the proof, or rather, some proof that these bicy­cles do exist. I recently took pic­tures of the ones in Berlin (the oth­ers will fol­low). As you’ll see, there are only nine bikes here. Two more are in our lit­tle house in Cal­i­for­nia, two oth­ers at my son’s house in Lon­don and one more in Ams­ter­dam, parked down­stairs from the Eden­spiek­er­mann offices there. Which would actu­ally make it 14 bicy­cles if it wasn’t for the fact that one of them is not mine, but Susanna’s. I had it made for her birth­day, so it gets a pic­ture here but no count.

The Swiss Cresta is the all-purpose bike for Berlin when the weather is bad (like now in snow and ice) and when I have to carry more than my iPhone.

The Swiss Cresta is the all-purpose bike for Berlin when the weather is bad (like now in snow and ice) and when I have to carry more than my iPhone.

The Stevens trekking bike has been with me on the week-long rides somewhere in Germany every year. It is rugged enough for dirt roads and has enough gears to climb comfortably.

The Stevens trekking bike has been with me on the week-long rides some­where in Ger­many every year. It is rugged enough for dirt roads and has plenty gears to climb comfortably.

I bought this from my friends at Cicli Berlinetta, mainly for its colour. It rides well but is a little short for me and actually a little too shiny and flash.

I bought this Wil­ier from my friends at Cicli Berlinetta, mainly for its colour. It rides well but is too short for me and actu­ally a lit­tle too shiny and flash.

The De Rosa is also a little short for me but rides well. Its main attraction, however, are the infamous Delta brakes. They look great, but don’t ever try and adjust them – takes the best part of a day.

The De Rosa is also a lit­tle short for me but rides well. Its main attrac­tion, how­ever, are the infa­mous Delta brakes. They look great, but don’t ever try and adjust them – takes the best part of a day.

The infamous Delta brakes on the De Rosa.

The infa­mous Delta brakes on the De Rosa.

I bought this electric bike just to see whether it actually works. It doesn’t look as heavy as other pedelecs, but the battery on the handlebars doesn’t exactly look elegant either. It was designed by an architect, Hadi Teherani, and looks great, but at the expense of function. Quite frankly: I have never really used it, apart from around the block. But perhaps one day I’ll be grateful for some electric assistance.

I bought this elec­tric bike just to see whether it actu­ally works. It doesn’t look as heavy as other ped­elecs, but the bat­tery on the han­dle­bars doesn’t exactly look ele­gant either. It was designed by an archi­tect, Hadi Teherani, and looks great, but at the expense of func­tion. Quite frankly: I have never really used it, apart from around the block. But per­haps one day I’ll be grate­ful for some elec­tric assistance.

This is a single speed, converted from an old Viner frame. 48x16 gearing makes it slightly heavy to get going but fast once up there. My favourite bike for running around Berlin. Light enough to take it inside instead of locking it.

This is a sin­gle speed, con­verted from an old Viner frame. 48x16 gear­ing makes it slightly heavy to get going but fast once up there. My favourite bike for run­ning around Berlin. Light enough to take it inside instead of lock­ing and los­ing it.

This single speed was also made from an old Patelli racing bike. Susanna got it for her birthday in 2012. It has 48x19, so lighter to start but not quite as fast as the other single speed.

This sin­gle speed was also made from an old rac­ing bike, a Patelli. Susanna got it for her birth­day in 2012. It runs 48x19, so lighter to start but not quite as fast as the other sin­gle speed.

This was made for me by Dustin at Cicli Berlinetta. I take it out into the Grunewald but not around town.

This was made for me by Dustin at Cicli Berlinetta. I take it out into the Grunewald but not into traf­fic around town.

7 comments

  1. Morn­ing Erik, and I thought own­ing 8 bikes plus other assorted frames was being exces­sive! fast catch­ing you up but do love that Willier and the sin­gle speeds. Use my Con­dor Pista sin­gle speed for the daily stu­dio com­mute and saw a beau­ti­ful Dan­ish bike when in Copen­hagen with my son Joe just last year…sorely tempted! Now have to find one for Deb! all the best
    Phil

    1. erik

      Hi Phil,
      one can never have too many bikes, if you have the space. Alto­gether, my bikes still didn’t cost as much as one car. And they’re way eas­ier on fuel consumption.

      1. There is a handy equa­tion for find­ing the opti­mal num­ber of bicy­cles to own:

        One’s cur­rent num­ber of bicy­cles + 1

  2. A lovely col­lec­tion of bikes. I’m jealous!

    Is Berlin cycle-friendly city? We may be mov­ing there at some point soon.

    1. erik

      Berlin is very bike-friendly (although the weather isn’t always). Almost 20% of all jour­neys are made by bike and the trend is grow­ing. It’s flat with wide streets. But the main thing is the sheer mass of cyclists and the sup­port we give each other.

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