This was the second year Podia exhibited at the Berliner Fahrradschau, the perfect chance to meet new and old friends, ride bikes and see what’s the latest in the industry.
It’s all about the riding
As bike show veteran Jon Woodruff of Two Tone AMS would say “It’s all about the bike rides at bike shows” It sure is… so we headed out on a ride with Brooks on the Friday morning. Starting with coffee, croissants and Chimpanzee chews at Tortuga Cycles, we then rode north to hunt out some gravel tracks!
Seventy muddy kilometres later with some soup and beer; we were warmed up and ready to kick off this year’s show.
With the Podia booth set up and ready to go, we welcomed a steady stream of new and old friends. Visitors wanted to find out more about Podia adventures planned for the year, check merino jerseys as well as taste the sweet things we had on offer. Not to mention a chance to see the unreleased Genesis Fugio 1x that will be available to rent on our May Gravelventure weekend. Those that visited us on the Friday evening enjoyed some fine Polish beer too!
The first section of the show to visit would have to be the Rahmenbauer area. Simply meaning framemaker in English, this space is dedicated to the local Berlin builders; of which there seems to be a growing number; all of which are producing some fine work.
Cicli Bonanno showed some of his bikes that have an understated style and an understated price tag to match.
Old Friends and New
We caught up with friends and collaborators like Campagnolo and Reynolds; who were showing some very interesting 3D printed prototypes in both titanium and stainless steel. The Festka guys had a frame ready to deliver to a special Podia friend, who was also at the show.
Italian brand Pigozzi caught our attention with a range of bikes designed to take their owner on an adventure.
Matthias and his always-inventive collection of limited edition Velocipedo bikes were present too. His latest, called Itchy Feet, is a beautiful titanium randonneur bike with all the class and tech to keep you going on the longest of rides.
Friends can be spotted at every turn during the Berliner Fahrradschau especially bearded ones with Speed Mullet T-Shirts! Staffan from Ass Savers was promoting their new addition to the arsenal of weapons that protect you from the wet. The Speed Mullet (spotted on the earlier Brooks ride – thanks for the shot Stefan Haehnel) fixes to the downtube and blocks spray coming off the front wheel!
Continuing the bearded theme, the friendly face of Chimpanzee was offering samples of the delicious nutrition that we use on all Podia Roadventures.
Standert Points Cross Race
The Berliner Fahrradschau isn’t complete without some racing and the Standert Points Cross was the perfect way to finish off the Sunday. Yet again there were some familiar faces on the track as well as off it, including talented Mr. Gerlach shooting the action from behind the ribbons.
See you at the next Berliner Fahrradschau
Another successful show completed. We are already looking forward to 2019. Maybe we will see you there?