28 Apr 2010
My first Spezi
Another thing I like about my big neighbour on the east is the price of food in a restaurant. You can have a very good meal for under €20. That's including a dessert and two drinks. Saturday evening was the highlight of this weekend when I'm talking about food. I had a delicious oven dish with a lot of veggies. I shared the table with people from different companies. Amongst them was a woman with the most charming French accent I've ever heard.
Saturday came a little earlier than wanted, but a good breakfast solved the problem of feeling a little sleepy. I spend most of my day at the test track. Helping out people getting started and giving information about the Nazca recumbents. It was very sunny and I made the mistake not to bring suncream. Thanks to on of my colleagues I did had suncream on the next day. But it felt like I did something very useful. Seeing people running towards one of your bikes bring a smile to your face. And although my German isn't as good as it used to be, I was able to answer most questions and have a conversation with potential customers.
After all that work it was time to look around at the rest of the Spezi. Not before I had a jummy pancake with strawberry jam. On top of my 'must see list' was the Greenspeed Glyde velomobile. I saw it and have so much to say about it that I'll make a seperate post about it tomorrow. Not only are there many bikes to see, there's also quite a display of special accessories. I bought myself a pair of special socks. They proved to be so comfortable on Sunday, that I bought another pair that day. Not everything is fantastic. I also saw things that I just didn't understand. Some didn't seem to make any sense, or where unnecessary complicated. But than again, it's always nice to see different things.
A lot of modern velomobiles still lack a proper protected chain like in a Quest or Mango. Maybe it's because those designers like to clean chains? The Milan and Evo 3 do have that essential feature, but their rear swing arms could possible smash your precious luggage. I also saw un-tubed chains that offered the possibly to shave your legs and lube your skin whilst riding. Apart from the fact that it's huge (but that was the original idea) the Velayo could be a good one. Well made, reasonably light, protected chain and practical.
I won't describe anything I saw. I did make photos of things that had my attention. Feel free to browse through my picasa album and ask questions I could possibly answer.
Sunday was quite similar to Saturday, but it had a short bike ride at the end. And there's nothing better than a recumbent ride after a long and warm day of standing and walking. I had ice cream with whipped cream on top for dessert and more whipped cream on my chocolate milk later in the evening. Apple juice was another favourite of mine this weekend. Without cream, but in a total volume of about 2.5 litre.
Monday, time to go home after a busy, successful and fun weekend. My three wheeled toy proofed itself again this day. It is easy to carry on board the trains and is a welcome addition to the otherwise boring walks to and from train stations.
More post will follow about: a short video about Spezi, the Glyde, travelling with the ICE train, and maybe something about whipped cream.