Berlin Bicycle Week starts on Monday (27 February 2017) and we’ll be heading out to the Berlin Bike Show (Berliner Fahrradschau, if you want to talk like a native) on Friday (3 March 2017) to bring you pictures and news from the most interesting brands exhibiting. If you’re based in Germany you should definitely get along there, and if you’re based in the UK travel is easier and cheaper than you might think (details under Getting to Berlin below).
We went to the Berlin Bike Show last year and it was fascinating. Organisers boast that it’s the world’s largest bicycle lifestyle show.
The Berlin Bike Show, now in its eighth year, features big brands like Campagnolo, Canyon, Shimano, Cinelli, Rose, Assos and loads more, plus many less mainstream brands and custom bike builders.
The show is divided up into different sectors based on different aspects of cycling. Urban Lifestyle, for example, features city bikes and accessories, the Handmade area is focused on custom bike builders, and the Velo Couture area is dedicated to bike fashion.
Another area, called Ambition, covers performance cycling, and there’s a substantially expanded E-Mobility section with an Electro-Bike Test Track.
London-based Vulpine will be at the Berlin Bike Show with its range of cycling clothing for men and women. You know all about Vulpine, right? We cover the brand often here on road.cc. Its Long Sleeve Merino Alpine Jersey, for example, recently did very well in our review.
Vulpine will launch its new spring/summer 2017 range in Berlin and will also reveal two exclusive bikes for the first time. These have been handbuilt by August Bicycles for Vulpine founders Nick Hussey and his wife Emmalou to celebrate the brand's fifth birthday.
Vulpine says it will have Copper Dog Scotch whisky on hand too, so you can swing by for a glass if you make it out to the Berlin show.
Berlin Bike Show also features plenty of action including the Berlin Trials Cup and trial workshops, a cyclocross race, a mountain bike race, trick bike shows, BMX flatland shows…
That’s all happening at the Berlin Bike Show but there’s plenty more planned for Berlin Bicycle Week: rides, races, workshops, shows, exhibitions, films, and talks. Highlights include the Rad Race Last Man Standing races for fixies, a Berlin Tweed Day ride for retro bikes and a gravel bike ride called King of Gravus.
The Berlin Bike Show takes place:
Friday 3 March 6pm-11pm
Saturday 4 March 10am-7pm
Sunday 5 March 10am-6pm
It is held at:
Luckenwalder Str. 4-6
We just did a quick check on www.skyscanner.net and you can currently fly with EasyJet from Luton to Berlin Schoenefeld, going out at lunchtime on Friday and returning on Sunday evening, for £118. You can get similar deals on budget airlines like RyanAir and EasyJet from other UK airports. It’ll cost you less that £100 with RyanAIr from Glasgow International, for example.
For more info go to http://berlinerfahrradschau.de/de/
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.