A relatively newly obtained Surly Crosscheck, built by the great guys from Rad-Spannerei in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
This little cutie has already went to the Polish soil, spent some time in Iceland and he’s getting ready for the new adventures.
Bike n2. VSF FAHRRADMANUFAKTUR
Very heavy but very realiable German.
This bike survived Norway and German fields.
It also takes me to work every day.
Vaude bags are probably the best bike bags you can get. They are waterproof, really durable, fit a lot of stuff and can be used with a shoulder strap.
Bike n3. The Checker Pig.
I bought this bike last winter hoping to just try out what a single speed is about.
It came with bullhorns and shitty brakes with I replaced with the tiny hipster raiser bar and a couple of bmx brake levers.
Despite the steel frame it’s only 11 kgs and its a perfect fit for a flat Berlin.
Bike n1_1. Honda CBF 500 (2007) – Max
I always considered cycling the best experience in the world, however I also own a motorcycle.
Max used to belong to an old German lady for many years. She sold him to me together with the name. I ride it mostly to get around Berlin and it’s surrounding, but 19 liter tank, ABS + additional side cases and the windshield make it a suitable bike for longer trips.
My former friend.
Sold. Fast and furious.
They served me well during my trips trough Vietnam.
Two Hondas and one Yamaha
Yamaha Jupiter in the middle with the broken speedometer and an ant house under it’s plastic is probably the dearest to me. We went through the north of Vietam and all kinds of shitty roads. It only broke down once, when the gas cable snapped right in the beginning of our adventure.
The Hilleberg. Soulo.
There are many good tents produced these days. But as soon as you try a Hilleberg you’d never want to use anything else. It’s extremely durable, well designed and easy to use. This is a 3-season windproof monster that can pretty much survive everything. On top of that – it’s a free standing tent.
I got it used in the perfect condition for half of it’s original unbelievable price.
Vaude Hogan UL Argon Tent.
Light and reliable German tent.
It only weights 1.5 kgs and nicely packs together with my sleeping bag and the mat into a bicycle bag. It performed very well in Norway and allowed me to survive all the rainy days I’ve experienced during my trips. It takes literally 3 minutes to pitch this tent and overall I’m extremely happy with my choice.
However it has several downsides downsides:
– It’s a tiny tent, so sometimes it gets a bit claustrophobic inside.
– the ventilation is not the best one. You’d have to get used to the fact that the entrance has to be open to get some air in.
– I can’t say it is the best choice for the windy weather. With only one main axis and it’s tiny size you’d have some troubles with both some wind inside the tent and the tent itself bending and flapping all around. I must say that it’s construction allows it to perform well in the storms given that the wind direction does not change and you can pitch it correctly. Material is durable and the tent would survive. However there would be no comfort what so ever inside.
Tiny light sleeping bad.
0,8 kgs. It’s a nice bag for everything above 0. Not very comfy as it’s really small, but good enough for a good sleep.
I opted for a feathered bag since it’s more durable and in my opinion simply warmer. Many would disagree saying that syntetic bags stay warm even when wet. Well. Try not to get it wet.
This is how all the biking essentials look together.
I usually use esbit stove, but I also have a Primus gas burner for emergency cases.
The Lezyne Alloy Drive is an epic tiny bike pump that I got last year.