Leave your car.
Experience Hamburg differently!Sustainable bicycles in a rental?!
E-bikes, pedelecs, mopeds * ...
What a blessing when you've gotten old and weak and your mobility can be compensated with an e-moped! Even the cheekiest youngster on his high tech carbon bike can't top you. You ride away effortlessly!
And how great is that if you have replaced your car with an e-moped! Respect! Honestly.
However, if you are still young (under 80 years) and you've replaced your "bio bike**" by an electric drive, then I'm afraid to say that you've stumbled a few steps backwards. Climate protection works differently. (Unfortunately, this also applies to e-scooters and moon rockets)
Then you've surrendered to your greatest enemy, your own convenience. Why?
Today's electric mopeds are not sustainable at all; neither in production, nor in operation, nor in material; God knows how long the industry will continue to produce the spare parts ...
For some reason nobody I know want to fix these vehicles neither.
So you're left at the end on a scrap heap of electrical and aluminum rubbish and have become more immobile than you have ever been before.
Anyway. And as amazing as it is: E-mopeds are very popular, the lure of convenience, probably our biggest enemy, hardly anyone seems to be able to cope with.
Nevertheless (and probably out of sheer defiance) I tend to stick with the antagonist of convenience and you will immediately know why:
A pro pos "feeling happy": Does your feeling of happiness increase when a journey is faster or the means of transport is expensive?
Mine does not.
Therefore: Leave your car. Burn your fat. Feel better!
Sustainable bicycles in a rental?!
It's already staggering what the industry nowadays offers us as "bicycles":
Safety-critical components that should be replaced after 5-10 years, bells that will not even survive a single rental period (!), tires and plastic components literally disassembled from sunlight; rims (made of aluminum), which had become weak parts - all the technical progress is apparently only used to shorten the life of the bikes to shorter and shorter intervals!
What a waste of energy, time and human labor! And we are buying this! In short, I'm fed up with getting full-flopped. A good bike lasts (with the obligatory care and maintenance) a whole human life period and longer!
Respect, repair, recycle-
ways out of the "throw away production":
Sometimes difficult, but not impossible! With over 40 years of experience in durable bicycles and bicycle parts, I know (and have no choice but to rely on) proven components. Often these spare parts are no longer available at "up to date sellers": Steel frames; Stainless steel sheets from the last century (because the new ones seem to be made of brittle alloys), bells (which still deserve this name and were only produced until the 70's). But some flea markets or internet sellers are still full with it!
Lets face it: I work with prooved new parts like up to date shifts and V-Brakes* also. But: Do the circuits in a flat town like Hamburg need 30 gears and the used sprockets have to be wafer-thin? So I have disassembled used bicycles completely. Believe ist or not. With a great deal of work and no consideration for my own health! Screw by screw carefully forged together with the best components that I could find new or used. But don't worry, most of my bikes look like new!
Above all, my unique fleet of stainless steel bikes is looking to be top in the world!
But the best bikes are of no use if they are not permanently maintained! I stand for that. If you decide for the sustainable bicycle rental "Hamburg experienced differently", you are paying for well screwed bicycles with hand-picked components and the delivery to you; not for new, short-lived industrial goods, which you also have to pick up yourself!
So do not let yourself be dazzled: It's not all gold that glitters. But every screw in my bicycle rental shines, because it is made of stainless steel!
I am often asked from which manufacturer my rental bikes are. Because the first thing I do is to remove the ridiculous stickers from the bike frames.
Finally, most bike frames are made in Southeast Asia, some already pre-assembled with some sad components and shipped worldwide. The stickers with the cool sounding brand names are then glued on it by some "middleman"!
What a blessing when you can recognize quality without a trademark...