Información sobre Stefan 🏳️🌈
Fährt viel zu selten lange Touren. In Berlin wohnend. Oft mit Faltrad unterwegs.
- Stefan 🏳️🌈
Why do you wear padded cycling shorts when cycling in the north of Berlin?
So that you are prepared for the stairs on the train back from the Baltic Sea.
Joking aside: a short-term refusal by my parents to take part in a Flämingskaterunde made me spontaneously look for another tour. And according to the wind direction it went from southeast to northwest today. But I got up too late for a trip from the Oderbruch to Berlin. Thankfully there was one of Jens' favorite laps and it didn't disappoint. The bike infrastructure was practically continuous from Eberswalde, first along the Finow Canal to join the Brandenburg Tour on the Berlin-Usedom bike path past the Werbelinsee lake. I followed this to Fürstenberg Havel.With a very varied landscape between lakes, fields, pine plantations and occasionally beech forests, you pass various interesting historical places. But I had comparatively little time for them today, because the air was warm and oppressive and I didn't want to wait for a later train in Fürstenberg. And the Baltic Sea train was jam-packed and I was happy to have taken the folding bike.What only bothered me again were a few cars and scooters on the bike routes. That can disturb the whole relaxed atmosphere, because it is practically impossible to evade these narrow paths.
Hace 4 días
- Stefan 🏳️🌈
It's really great that so many people take to the streets to demonstrate for the rights of queer people. In view of the ongoing tightening in Poland and Hungary and also in some other countries, this is urgently needed. And the community in this country is worried about its infrastructure. This is another reason why it is important to set a strong example here. Unfortunately, however, it became too crowded, especially on Leipziger Strasse, and too many refrained from protecting themselves and others. Too bad.
Hace 5 días
- Stefan 🏳️🌈
I admit it: I've never camped before. At the same time, a longer alpine tour is being prepared at a very early stage and camping is an option. This weekend there was a great opportunity to find answers to the questions:1. How suitable for touring is the Brompton's pocket configuration?2. Where are the weak points in my other equipment?3. How suitable am I for camping myself?Conveniently, my swimming club finforfun (nudist; mainly gay) organized a camping weekend in Herzsprung near Angermünde for its members after a long lockdown break. Unfortunately, Friday was still too full for me, so I only managed a short journey from Eberswalde. It went directly from Eberswalde on the L200 past the Chorin monastery and through Serwest towards Herzsprung. As far as Chorin Monastery there is a well-drivable road-accompanying cycle path, after which you should make your way through car traffic. And unfortunately that is definitely noticeable. For the 100 meters along the B2 it took several demonstrations until a bike path was finally built up to the next field lane crossing. The sandy and gravelly dirt road brought me to my destination.To the questions above:
Regarding 1. I drove with the T-Bag in the front and the replica of the luggage carrier bag from Radical Design (very similar, but not quite, to the original as they are producing for Brompton). Both have a weight limit of 10 kilos, which is one of the biggest challenges. You can't take a lot of food with you. Both were well filled: In front the harder part: food, drinks, clothing, flip-flops, beach towels, camping dishes, hygiene requirements. In the back sleeping bag, air mattress, pillow, towel. On top of that the tent is reasonably secured.This tour was also the first use of the pannier bag. (Before I had used the backpack solution, see komoot.de/tour/97303088, but it has other disadvantages). And that pannier bag didn't do its job as well: the old chunky sleeping bag bulged the bag out too much so that it got in the way of your heels when you kicked. This is still manageable for 20 kilometers, but may not work at all for multi-day long-distance tours with clipless pedals. Possible solutions: First, a different, especially more compact sleeping bag, and second, there is the option of an Ortlieb Bikepacking saddle bag, which could create additional storage space.to 2. The sleeping bag was superfluous in the weather. But it is also otherwise too big, too heavy and too unwieldy. It practically fills 80 percent of my pannier bag. If someone has a good tip: feel free to comment! The kitchen equipment is still largely open, but as a person with different culinary skills, this is a major construction site.
But what I have learned: earplugs are essential. Especially when a party with loud music takes place in the vicinity until 2 a.m. The otherwise sometimes unbearable roar of the birds in the morning, on the other hand, was the purest relaxation.To 3. Basically it works, relaxing is different but better. At least the mosquitoes were happy that so many voluntarily come to their lake and forest area and also don’t wear enough clothes to be stabbed.
18 de julio de 2021
- Stefan 🏳️🌈
Today there was an easterly wind and that's why I drove back to Berlin from the mouth of the Neisse. And as long as the route was, it was also varied:At the beginning there were a few kilometers of the beautiful Oder valley, followed by a visit to the Neuzelle monastery, the Schlaubetal, Beeskow, the Scharmützelsee. And when, because I was nearby, I really wanted to make a detour to Storkow. There is the evangelical youth education center Hirschluch, with which I personally associate very nice and important memories. We continued in the direction of Spreenhagen. According to Komoot's experience, I drove via Spreeau and Freienbrink, as the designated cycle route via Steinsdorf and Hartmannsdorf now has too much motorized traffic. Since the passage through Freienbrink was closed, there was of course quiet there. But the protest signs of the residents against traffic noise suggest that this is not the normal situation.Otherwise, about the paths: There are great sections that are mainly reserved for cycling, such as the Oder cycle path or other designated cycle routes (unfortunately, some drivers still drive on such paths), a number of paths that accompany the road, but sometimes also very sparsely traveled roads. This was particularly the case in the eastern part of the tour, but also from Storkow to Markgrafpieske only one car drove on the road. The heavy traffic from Neu-Zittau was all the more unpleasant. If I made a conscious decision against sound reinforcement beforehand, from there on I preferred various podcasts to traffic noise.In principle, you can end the tour in Erkner or at the Königs Wusterhausen S-Bahn branch.By the way: I advise against the strawberry mug at the Jägerbude campsite. It is not possible to put in chocolate ice cream. And the vanilla ice cream had a very unpleasant consistency. But they managed to get the apple spritzer.
11 de julio de 2021
- Stefan 🏳️🌈
If you want to experience socialist modernity, a breathtaking meadow landscape, technological wonders, car-free paths along water channels and cool forests on a tour, I can recommend this tour to you.As a follow-up to the unusual nocturnal journey from Stettin to the ADFC rally, I wanted to catch up on this tour with a Strava contact today. The train connection to Szczecin is still disrupted after the storm last week and so we went directly to Schwedt in a quiet train.Here you can still find one of these GDR center department stores, which have a very characteristic facade and which have either been torn down elsewhere or completely removed, as on Berlin's Alexanderplatz. The theater at the end of the main thoroughfare is also a classic idea of GDR urban planning, which was also to be implemented in Potsdam, but only made it to the shell there.And then comes the first highlight of the tour: the Lower Oder Valley National Park, which is unfortunately threatened by Poland's expansion plans. A green, wild ribbon runs through a valley that offers both horizon and expanse. On the mostly good asphalt, you can quickly head south on the Oder-Neisse cycle path. There is a lot of shipping traffic on the side canal. Only in a few places there is a braking concrete slab path and sometimes the path is not only narrow, but also further narrowed by blooming cornflowers.From Hohensaaten you follow the Wriezener Alten Oder in the direction of Oderberg. The surface is rather bad, but the landscape is beautiful. From Oderberg to Liepe you can either follow a fairly busy hilly road or continue to drive through the Niederoderbruch with poor ground. With the folding bike, the choice fell on the first variant. Passing the Niederfinow ship lift, it goes to the towpath, which is followed here to Finowfurt. Along the water, it is a green route through Eberswalde. Sometimes a bit narrow, sometimes with heavy oncoming traffic. But pleasant.From Finowfurt you go to the Berlin-Usedom cycle path. And miracles still happen: the crossing over the autobahn near Finowfurt has finally received a drivable asphalt layer. Like the motorway overpass north of Biesenthal, this was otherwise a torture over historical cobblestones that were therefore terrible to drive. On the Berlin-Usedom cycle path, you head towards Berlin through cool forests. Unfortunately, the path has already suffered a lot of root damage.You can get to the center of Berlin on comparatively few car-free paths, where the bike-up in front of the Brandenburg Gate was mandatory.Overall, a recommendable tour.
4 de julio de 2021
- Stefan 🏳️🌈
Big irritation at the beginning: A demo was registered. A critical mass does not take place. Displeasure spread. And then progress was very slow, people stood or pushed on Kottbusser Damm. And from the Urbanstrasse intersection, Berlin's anarchism broke through and it became a CM like I knew from a few years ago: self-organized, little police. At least in the front area it ran smoothly.Conclusion: not a bad idea to bind the police with a demonstration.
25 de junio de 2021
- Stefan 🏳️🌈
Once in Brompton around West Berlin on one of the longest Sundays of the year - “La Superbe” is ready. And this was the first time I took part in this edition.A nice group of five Brompton riders and a good friend met at the Brandenburg Gate at seven on this hot day. And then it started. Even after ten years of living in Potsdam and seven years in Berlin, this tour opened up the city and the surrounding area to me again. I drove cross-connections that I didn't know yet, through green corridors that were previously closed to me and even the corners that I already knew make a new sense on the long lap. There were no breakdowns apart from small things, a hose was changed to be on the safe side. And next time I have to secure my new pointer axis for the BWR circuit better with the knurled nut.Otherwise, it was not only the longest tour I've done with the folding bike, but the longest bike tour ever. Apart from knee problems occurring in between, I arrived really happy. And this tour opens up further long tours for me. Great.
20 de junio de 2021