What was the „European Touches“ cloumn on US-blog twotoneatl.com is now europeantouches.cc, but who needs yet another cycling blog?
Living in one of the cycling capitals of Germany, I learned to love my bikes even more over the past few years: as a means of transportation, as a sporting good, as an outstanding design piece and as the starting point for a new and exciting lifestyle surrounding bicycles.
Cycling in Germany isn‘t as "new" as it is in the States - there is hardly an air of rebellion around riding your bike, it is just normal, and you don‘t have to face troops of hostile motorists when commuting. I used to ride my bike to go to school when I was little, there are bikepaths all over the place and people don't insult you for being a cyclist.
But I belive that cycling in Germany, as accepted and widespread it may be, needs a few new stimuli. In an almost political sense when it comes to lobbying for bike friendly cities or considering that cycling as a Pro Sport has been more or less ignored by mainstream media over the past few years and is therefore underfunded after countless doping scandals and the accompanying loss of public interest - just think of former „national hero“ Jan Ullrich, whom the Germans just won‘t forgive.
I am downright amazed how many different facets there are to cycling and the globally growing community of cyclists. My goal is to cover some of these aspects from my perspective as an everyday bicylce commuter and a passionate roadcyclist based in Germany.
Since europeantouches.cc is all about my passion for cycling rather than my passion for html programming (not), you shouldn't expect too many updates as I would much rather go for a ride than sitting in front of the computer. Just follow me on facebook or twitter to find out about future updates!