Urban cycle fashion and bicycles? Italian coffee? Schindelhauer Bikes?
As I was moving from madrid to Cologne these days it became a bit quiet on the Blog but last weekend I finally found the time to visit a friend in Bonn, the former Capital of Germany. As I also had planned to buy a new jeans, as I am riding my bike everyday to work I wanted to check out the Levi`s Commuter. Reasons enough to pay a visit to the BundesRad Bike Shop.
The small shop is located in the „Theaterarkaden“right by the opera house and close to the Rhine river. In front of the shop you can already check out some bikes of Schindelhauer from Berlin, Pelago from Helsinki/Finland and handmade Italian bikes from BELLA CIAO. This selection already shows that the BundesRad is more than an ordinary Bikeshop.
Once you enter the shop you find out its kind of a boutique. No visible workshop. Beautiful high quality bikes, quality parts and clothes from carefully selected brands for bicycle geeks and people that prefer quality before mass production. Finding the right model of pants is a piece of cake thanks to the individual guidance. I choose a Levi´s 522 Commuter from last years collection, the 2016 models look & feel simply too tight for me. Its supposed to be water repellant, an reflected outseam and also has a higher back rise to protect my best parts from staring car drivers and.
After that we had a real good Latte Macchiato made from Italian beans from a proper barista espresso machine and chat a little with Vicky and Robert about their new Shop in Cologne which opened that same weekend, about the lack of Single Speed and Fixed gear riders in Bonn and the internet ruining the price levels for the shops so you can basically only survive if you also run a own webshop.
And indeed you can only find a small selection of the full assortment within the BundesRad shops, way more you can find in the digital world of their online shop. Ups I just realized that my Commuter 522 was only 69,95 in the web shop… insead of the 100 bucks I paid on the counter. Vicky you owe me a coffee! In the web shop you can also find bikes of Bellitanner from Hamburg and Mika Amaro which I also found at the Slowroom in Madrid, they are handmade in Cologne – so we should pay them a visit one day.
At the end of our visit we found ourselves zipping our coffee on the comfy bench in front of the shop, chatting about the sense of carbon belt drives, the ridiculous prices of Brooks saddles & accessories and Japanese bike bells from Crane.