Eurobike 2010: Pinkbike Is Here!

Aug 31, 2010
by Mike Levy  
Eurobike 2010, 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!

bigquotesAll 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.

We missed the boat, literally!
We missed the boat, literally!


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.


75 Comments

  • 14 1
 sick! can't wait for the rest of it! Smile
  • 20 2
 I really like this style of article, not too much reading, and a lot of interesting pictures... and its encapsulated in an enjoyable story!
  • 25 2
 haha ausfarht means exit
  • 14 2
 hope you guys like germany, enjoy our very very VERY good beer !! Smile
  • 2 0
 I lived in Bamberg for 2 years, beautiful, got to see pretty much most of that stuff they saw in this write-up. Grand memories!
  • 2 0
 You guys must stay over to Munich until the 18th of September when the Beer Festival will take place!!
  • 3 0
 I'm sure Rob Warner will be there! Would be nice to hear some Freecaster coverage for Oktober Fest... Greg is looking strong! Gee is down since several hours, some German bloke is harrasing his sister, but Sabrina is with her already, gives the bastard a big punch! Now Peaty is going for it, look at the Pint! look at the Piiint!
  • 3 1
 Ladies and gentlemen we got some big names here today on the race course in Bavaria. I Rob Warner and Anneke Beerten bringing you this live coverage from 2010 Oktober fest.
Gee is down under the table after yesterdays qualifications, his sister did well destroying Sabrina and Tracey an hour ago. There was some drunk bloke in the rockgarden hitting on Rachel but she took him out with straight kick into the bullocks! She won with a great style!

Nick beer is in the hot seat now, but Sam Hill takes the lead after taking the big double in the top section. What is Troy Brosnan doing here?! All eyes at Greg now, he's looking strong, showing consistency through all the season! Oooooh! A huge mistake in the wood section, fell asleep! Wyn Masters and CG filming tuning their nipples, they're out of top ten anyway! Niddles is taking huge piss of their performance.

Now it's only Hans Rey and Peaty left on the course, the old school shows the young guns that this is still their game, oh Peaty is going for a big one! Look at that Piiint, Look at the Piiint! Oh he took Hans Rey apart! He makes it look easy! Peaty is the last man on the mountain! Peaty is carrying speed through the Pint, the Sheffield Steel takes iiit!
  • 4 0
 lol - at Oktoberfest you´d be hard pressed to find a pint ;-) a mass perhaps, but not a pint :-D
  • 2 1
 I know... but "Look at the maaaass!!!" didn't go together that well... 1l beer doesn't go together to well with me either... I prefer 3x 0,33l from the bottle - max flavour, max power - rather than 1x tap beer thats mixed with water and gets gassed out at the end...
  • 1 0
 I too love this style of article. Great photos and a story to go with it. Makes you feel like you are almost there taking part in the adventure.
  • 1 0
 Oh Radek, why Polish peeple are always so sarcastic... I went further I created my own adventure being inspired by the great pictures and the story of these wonderful guys visiting the homeland of Modern-Talking "the crusty demons of disco". ok, I apologize for floating away into Offtopical seas.
  • 4 0
 but now for the real question!... How was lego land?!?!?!
  • 9 1
 Good to see that you guys like it here in germany, people usually think we are nazis wearing lederhosen swimming in beer and eating bratwurst with sauerkraut...have fun at Eurobike, maybe we'll see around at the shimano booth..
  • 8 3
 i went to rammstein a month ago here in quebec, wish i was able to understand what the were saying. best show ever! germany is probably one of the europeen country i would like to visit
  • 15 1
 You mean you don't wear lederhosen and swim in beer? :O There goes one fantasy!
  • 8 0
 I'd swim in beer wearing lederhosen for you deannec ;D
  • 3 1
 Do german girls wear lederhosens?
  • 2 1
 if you want swim in beer - visit The Czech Rep.
  • 3 0
 C'mon Bayonetwork. One cannot be too sour about stereotypes! Just find other countries ones, and chin up! There's too much laugh in theat topic to get annoyed... sheep shaggers, moose shaggers, fatties screwing up worlds economy, Porndinavians, polish drinkers, terrorists.

Religion is even funnier... whos religions god is the right one? scientists said: world started with a big bang! so which one comes to your mind first?
  • 1 0
 Bang bang!of course!
  • 12 1
 All of the roads in Germany seem to lead to Ausfahrt. Totaly made my day.
  • 3 1
 ooooh man, since our bikepark is next to Mc donald I totally hate that shit after keeping them in buisiness. but the Ausfahrt also made my day, hahah damn!
  • 1 0
 I just returned from a 3500 mile road trip with my wife and five year old boy. What sound do you think he made at every Ausfahrt sign? And let me tell you, there are a lot of Ausfahrts on the Autobahn! I got him back by forcing into laderhosen for a days walking around Munich city. plenty of embarrassing photos for his wedding and birthdays.
  • 6 0
 Guys, don't believe anybody who says that we don't wear Lederhosen the whole day and swim in bear.... because we do! Accept we are no nazis!

cheers Big Grin
  • 1 1
 Does german girls wear lederhosen?
  • 2 0
 they wear ''Dirndl'' better than lederhosen Wink
  • 1 0
 Do you wear that too?
  • 1 0
 I'm not from bavaria (where they wear it!) but when i was in austria, i had one Razz
  • 3 0
 I googled it up and i was like aww, how cute!just like e`m cinderrella or any of those princess costumes...haha
  • 2 0
 easy acces!
  • 2 0
 @ralfinger: full ack on that. second that! Smile
  • 1 0
 Oh!i get it now!haha...
  • 7 0
 Forget Eurobike - show us the Lego!
  • 4 0
 "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" - that's because you're North American.
  • 2 0
 pls try some beer of local brewers! mc' beers sucks! also, the local brewers have restaurants or biergarten with really good german food, beside of sauerkraut and wurst! have a good time in germany! greets
  • 1 0
 nice prologue! I've been to both those castles. Pretty incredible. Luwig almost bankrupted bavaria building that castle. If I recall correctly the murals inside were based on a Wagner composition.
  • 1 0
 Eurobike seems so rad. There always seems like there is a lot of random European crazies with engineering backgrounds wheeling the strangest and neatest stuff around by the pictures I've seen.
  • 1 0
 GREAT photos, Read every little caption and made me chuckle on a few apart from the last one, that must of sucked. CANT wait for your take on eurobike 2010!! Now im gonna go see what Ausfahrt means...
  • 1 0
 ooohhh you guys are in germanyyyyy... my home!!!! and I'm in chilliwack =D
could you do me a favour mike?? - pls take some german beer for me--> ''Augustiner'' haha
..auf dem weg' mal schöne grüße in die heimat =)
  • 4 1
 Germany is really a wonderful country. I wish I live there.
  • 1 0
 Next time, you can call me. I'll lead you to the Eurobike and you can come to our trails. Wink
Bavaria is beautiful, but its just a small part of Germany.
  • 1 0
 Bin im Oktober in der nähe von Falkenstein/Brennberg, sind dort noch coole Trails zum fahren? Bikepark Geißkopf hat leider schon zu Big Grin
  • 1 0
 yeah pinkbike crew in germany ;D you can see we have high mountains here like in gold old america Wink come to cologne and lets rock the trails Smile
  • 1 0
 All of the roads in Germany seem to lead to Ausfahrt, it must be the capital of the country or something! ---->>>>>>> fool's
  • 3 2
 Can't wait to see more on the transition TR250. I wonder how much it will cost?
  • 1 0
 So Can't wait to see the new, weird, wild, wicked, stange and odd products for the year!
  • 2 0
 Great photos! Was the beer at McDonald's called McBeer? Was it any good?
  • 2 0
 sick pics!!! germany is really nice historical place!
  • 1 0
 Jordan in Germany, oh god, this should be a hoot to watch unfold. Show us some pumptracks!
  • 1 0
 Guys i'm landing in Zurich tonight and then flying down! See you there and make sure i'm not on the camp bed again!
  • 1 0
 We're staying in a hole in Bergenz, Austria. What time you getting in?
  • 1 0
 that's Bregenz Smile
  • 2 0
 we see us at oktoberfest in munioh guys Big Grin
  • 1 0
 sorry i mean munich
  • 2 1
 i now have a greater love for germany and macdonalds, a burger and a beer!
  • 2 1
 Please show the new NS frames, components, etc!
  • 2 0
 go germini ya
  • 1 0
 ok pinkys i will meet you there on fridey. see ya!
  • 2 0
 Leeeggoo
  • 1 0
 Nice article =) see you there..
  • 1 0
 I was at Legoland in Denmark, a beautiful thing Smile !!
  • 1 0
 "Lederhosen" and "Dirndl" are only present in the South! Wink
  • 1 0
 would definately go there if i could Big Grin
  • 1 0
 OMFG BEAUTIFULL PLACE FOR ENJOY WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY
  • 2 1
 really nice picture's .
  • 1 1
 lucky guys, can`t wait to see more!
  • 2 2
 is the painted cow real? :O
  • 2 0
 no, its a sing saying that german farmers need more money for the milk than they get right now!
  • 1 0
 ooh ok haha
  • 1 0
 Oktoberfest Big Grin
Below threshold threads are hidden

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2019. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.035220
Mobile Version of Website