, the world's largest bike show, is set to begin tomorrow and Pinkbike will be there in full force to bring you photos and video of everything new and exciting! It has been quite the journey from North America to Europe, inside you can ride along with Pinkbike as we cross Germany to see the sights on our way to Eurobike.Read on...Pinkbike's journey to Eurobike 2010
Eurobike is by far the largest bike trade show in the world, much larger than even the 'Vegas based Interbike. While we'll also have loads of coverage from Las Vegas later this year, nearly everything new and shiny is first debuted in Europe. In an effort to bring it to you first, we've crossed the pond to attend this years show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Stay tuned to Pinkbike for both videos and photos of all the exciting bikes and parts!
Where a lot of our journeys begin, an early morning and a long airport line up. Our trip started with a long flight from Canada to Houston, followed by a much longer one across the pond that deposited us in Frankfurt, Germany. While I'm not a big fan of flying, although I am getting much better, I have learned to enjoy this peace and quiet before the gong show begins. Some good music and a great book makes time fly. Smoking hot stewardess don't hurt either!
You wouldn't believe the amount of shit it takes to show you guys the goods. Basically, an office of five people has to be packed up and moved to work remotely in some hotel room that is hopefully close to the venue. If it were as easy as simply bringing a point and shoot camera and a laptop around with us I'm we'd all spend more time out drinking and living the life instead of being cooped up getting those updates live. And don't even get me started on crap internet connections when trying to upload photos and videos! I wouldn't have it any other way though and the adventure is worth it when you get to catch up face to face with people that you usually only exchange quick e-mails with. Bring on the shows!
Four iPhones and not a single one with the data turned on to let the GPS function. It seriously costs a liver and a spleen for only a small amount of data when in another country! At the moment this picture was taken we would have been a thousand times better off with a sextant and the knowledge to use one. Tensions can mount after long drives heading off in the wrong direction, but we're all even tempered and no fist fights broke out... yet.
Google Maps and GPS may be the go-to tools for a lot of travelers these days, but nothing beats a proper map and some pre-drive planning. I've had various electronic devices put me hours off course in the past, but if you mess up using a map you have only yourself to blame.
Lots of time in a car full of guys who have been eating strange roadside food can make you pumped to get out into the fresh air.
Jordan passing the hours by getting artsy. After landing in Frankfurt we drove first to Munich, then South to the Austrian town of Bergenz. The long drive was made a bit more comfortable due to our Mercedes Benz whip, which is obviously way too nice for us. Germany is well known for having bits of highway that lack speed limits... we were simply obliged to take advantage of this fact more than once on our journey across the country.
Important lesson learned: get to know a few key words of the native language before crossing the border. Once on the highway we kept seeing signs for the German town of Ausfahrt. Look up the translation and have a laugh at our expense!
|All of the roads in Germany seem to lead to Ausfahrt, it must be the capital of the country or something! - Jordan Holmes|
Do we ever really grow up? None of us have, that's the truth! There was quite the commotion in the Mercedes when we passed a sign proclaiming that Lego Land was coming up at the next exit. There really was no discussion to be had, we would be hitting it up and finally living out our childhood fantasies. Dreams do come true!
Some countryside goodness for you. I could live happily in any one of these small villages for the rest of my life. No internet and no stupid satellite T.V., just early mornings and manual labor... of course the truth is that I'd be lost without my iPhone and laptop, but I can dream.
Views like this make me want to find a nice pretty German woman to marry and knock up in order to obtain my citizenship in Deutschland. Big mountains, lakes, green fields, and stunning architecture all around. Europe at its best.
We discovered that the McDonald's in Munich serves hotwings and beer while on our way back to the hotel after a night on the town. Needless to say, what was going to be a quick McNugget stop turned into much more. If I lived in Munich I don't think I'd ever go to the pub when I could just hit up the local fast food tavern. Also, amazing chicken wings!
This is where Pinkbike will be staying during our time at Eurobike. I was hoping for something a bit nicer, but this will have to do. I joke! You are looking at Ludwig II of Bavaria's Neuschwanstein castle just outside of Fussen , Germany. If it looks a bit familiar it is because the big castle at Disney Land has been based off of this incredible behemoth. It took nearly twenty years of construction in the late nineteenth century to nearly complete the Neuschwanstein castle, but work was halted with the kings mysterious death shortly after he was declared mentally insane. The castle was opened up to paying sightseers quickly after his passing. A royal murder perhaps? Anyone who knew is no longer alive, but the castle and story make for one easily the most interesting roadside stop that I've ever done.
Ludwig spared no expense at any point during the building process and the interior matches the castles impressive exterior. This view is exactly the same as it was in the late 1800's.
The Hohenschwangau castle sits just below Ludwig's masterpiece. I'd be happy to live in either!
Cow training is a popular pastime in Germany, with villages competing to see who can brag about having the best painted and most still cow. This particular fraulein was very impressive and I was told that she has brought home the gold for the last few years.
Stay tuned for tons of coverage from Eurobike 2010 in Germany. Starting tomorrow we'll have both photo and video coverage of anything and everything that is shiny and exciting.
We missed the boat, literally!