Willkommen auf meinem Blog.
Ich schreibe (auf Englisch) über das Leben am Niederrhein, über das Fahrrad fahren, deutsche Torten und Kuchen – und was mir sonst alles des Weges kommt. Jede Menge Fotos gibt es ebenfalls. Ich hoffe, dass Du viel interessantes findest.
Beste Grüße, Auntie Helen
“There may be a better land where bicycle saddles are made out of rainbow, stuffed with cloud; in this world the simplest thing is to get used to something hard.” Jerome K Jerome in Three Men On The Bummel.
This is not quite true! There is a world of a comfortable bicycle seat and it is the world of recumbent bikes and velomobiles. For extra stability I have an extra wheel and I have several exceptionally comfortable mobile deckchairs which I use to pootle around.
I’m a Brit but in April 2014 I moved to Germany to experience life in a different country, and I chose a wonderfully flat part of the world (the Niederrhein area) which is ideal for velomobiles or recumbent trikes.
Six Wheels in Germany
I’m writing various posts about life in Germany under the heading ‘Six Wheels In Germany‘ although this should technically now be Nine Wheels in Germany as I have a Milan velomobile, a Versatile velomobile and a recumbent trike. I live with my German partner Klaus and he has a four-wheeled Quattrovelo velomobile and an ICE Sprint X trike.
This blog has reports written daily on each of my cycle tours. Use the header at the top (“Cycling in Germany”) to give you the list of cycle tours – click on the title of the tour and you’ll reach a page with a summary of all the blog posts.
I have also written a few posts about cycling in the UK and they are available under the menu “Cycling in England“.
For a page with information about me, click here
About my velomobiles and trike
My first Velomobile was a Flevobike Versatile velomobile called Penelope which I bought in January 2014. You can read about my rides on Penelope around Niederrhein in Germany using the menu item Velomobiles ‘Penelope the Velomobile‘.
You can also read about my ICE Sprint recumbent trike, Alfie, received in July 2011 – including lots of photos of assembling it, servicing the Alfine hub gear, servicing the brakes, even building a shed to fit him in! This is all in the menu “Alfie the Trike” at the top of the page.
In October 2016 I bought a speedy Milan GT Carbon velomobile and you can read about Millie under the Menu item Velomobiles and Millie the Milan.
In February 2018 I bought a brand new Quattrovelo from Velomobiel.nl. He is called Humphrey and you can read about him under the Menu item Velomobiles and Humphrey the Quattrovelo.
I didn’t actually get on with Humphrey so I sold him and bought another Versatile as a commuter bike, this time a yellow one called Bertie, which I sold later as I did not use it enough. I am still riding Alfie the trike on summer days and when touring by car but I ride the Milan for speed and for protectiohn in the rain.