You want to explore a city by bike, but you’re scared to get it stolen?
Well here you go, the Brompton is the perfect companion when it comes to traveling. Here is my experience of my trip to Berlin.
On my recent trip to Berlin, I took the chance to meet Wil – the owner of the Urban Mobility Store in Berlin. He is running a very nice shop purely focused on Brompton and gave me some great insights on the German Brompton community 😉 More images of his store below.
Wil is a great guy and passionate about what he does, furthermore he was very generous to rent us two of his 2017 Brompton Demo bikes for the 3 days we were staying there.
I’ve never been in Berlin before so I knew all the famous places just from the TV or travel guides. But in preparation for this trip, I packed one of our great Finn smartphone mounts and downloaded the application along with the Berlin map. With this, I had a tourist guide right on my handlebar.
The most useful rubber piece I’ve ever seen – made from Bike Citzizens (located in Austria – close to my hometown).
Thanks to the nice Ergon grips I had on this bike I got a little more space to mount the phone directly on the handle. After 5 second installation, I was ready to go.
I pulled up the Berlin map and choose from one of their pre-made tours.
“Berlins Top Sehenswürdigkeiten” – Berlin’s top attractions sounded good to me and the total distance of 24 km / 14 miles is easily doable on a relaxed ride.
If you’re familiar with any kind of navigation software you will love this. The application gives you clear audio directions and “warns” you if you’re close to any attraction. While riding a bike you gett plenty of time to make a turn and in case you miss one, it will re-route you.
Furthermore, the application is smart enough to navigate you on bike paths or less busy streets, instead of taking the fastest path which is usually a big street.
After a couple of miles on the bike the application knew – it’s time for a beer, it guided me over to the “Spree” – a river running through Berlin where I was able to get an ice cold German beer in a beach chair.
Photos from my ride through Berlin
Take the Brompton everywhere
I took them everywhere I needed to, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Never I received a complaint, the only thing they asked me to do was to show them how it folds before I leave.
Try the Bike Citizens App on your next trip!
The code is:
NYC GWQ HRQ
You can download the App on the Android or iOS App store called Bike Citizens
By the way, any Brompton day rental at NYCeWheels will include the smartphone mount which comes with a coupon for one city.
Want to buy a Brompton in Berlin?
In case you are living in Berlin and consider buying a Brompton check out The Urban Mobility store, Wil is a true Brompton evangelist and delivering excellent customer service.
Here are some images from his greatshop
Any questions or comments? Leave them below in the comments section