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It’s been a few weeks and I am finally getting back around to going through my Eurobike images and thoughts. I am not going to write too much about bikes other than share my favorite bike of the show. It’s a looker for sure and represents a trend I suspect you will see for the coming years.

But before I get to pictures, let me talk a little bit about Eurobike. It’s the biggest and best industry tradeshow in the world. Unlike Interbike, held in the armpit of hell called Las Vegas, it is held in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Friedrichshafen is on the beautiful Lake Konstaz and the lake boarders Switzerland, Austria and Germany. The lake itself has a very popular bike route around the lake of roughly 220Km that tours folks through little towns, beautiful countryside, farms, hop fields, apple orchards, wine estates and on and on and on. It is one of my favorite areas I’ve ever traveled.

My pre Eurobike plans always include a flight to Zurich where I build my bike in the airport, check the bike bag into long term “held baggage” and leave. This year I took the train to Romanshorn Switzerland and rode around the southern tip of Lake Konstanz and up to the apartment we rent about 15km from the show. All in all stunning.

For this trip, I took two cameras. The first being an old Yashica T4 point and shoot film camera and the second being a Ricoh GR (which I returned after the trip due to a glitch and manufacturing issue). Two tiny cameras. Here are just a couple of my shots that I love followed by a much larger gallery of images.

Solace on Lake Konstanz

Solace on Lake Konstanz

A room with a view - My rooftop sleeping quarters

A room with a view – My rooftop sleeping quarters

An evening in Langenargen, Germany

An evening in Langenargen, Germany

Sunset in Langenargen

Sunset in Langenargen

Kilometer after Kilometer of hops

Kilometer after Kilometer of hops

My trusty steed for the week.

My trusty steed for the week.

An evening flight - I held the shutter open during takeoff just to see what it looked like

An evening flight – I held the shutter open during takeoff just to see what it looked like


The German countryside isn’t just hops, apples, pears and plums. Beauty is everywhere.

All in all, an incredible trip. I had a couple of crazy moments though. The first being a bee that crawled into my beer and I took a drink ending in a bee sting on my tongue. The other being when I got to the airport to fly home and I left my passport in the apartment I stayed at (many Km’s away). It all worked out and I got home after what could be it’s own movie of boats, trains and bicycles. But….I  made it.  Here are a few more pics.

Oh….And here is my favorite bike of the show. A Van Nicholas custom ti B+ (27.5+) with a custom titanium lefty fork. Wowzers!  So good.


That’s a wrap. Onto the crummy Interbike Las Vegas experience…..If you can’t tell, I HATE that place.

10 comments on “Eurobike 2015 – Have bike. Will travel.

  1. greg says:

    Is that a S&S fargo?

    1. Gnat says:

      Greg this is a customized S&S El Mariachi

  2. Tim Lucking says:

    Very cool, thanks for sharing your trip! Someday I would love to go. I like the mix of analog and digital. It’s hard to tell for sure which is which. Great shots!

    1. Gnat says:

      Thanks Tim!

  3. Tim Lucking says:

    Also, I love your simple description of Vegas. Sums it up.

  4. Koen says:

    Thanks Gnat for mentioning Van Nicholas’ Revelstoke 27.5+ and choose it as your favorite bike of the show.

  5. Erik Fries says:

    What happened to your GR. I had one that I loved but it got oil on the sensor somehow and I had to return it. Wondering if that is the same issue you had.

    1. Gnat says:

      Erik my GR fell to death and got run over by a fatbike in the desert, twice. It no longer works. I purchased a replacement months later and it had a defect and I sent it back. I loved it but just didn’t purchase another one.

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