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The Velohottie has been taking pics of cycling related things for me to ogle over. Unfortunately, my imagination has me imagining everyone riding $7000 Bianchis and Colnagos. My imagination has been known to wander, but Austria and German are not the cycling utopias I imagined… well at least her photos are not showing me what I fantasize about.

Take a look:

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing

All of these bikes could have come from a big box department store, or crappy sporting goods center in America. Where are the flashy names, pretty bikes, or hell, even the sharing bikes I hear so much about? My expectations were high, but I still feel disappointed with the bikes, not the photos.

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing

Well, this bike is pretty cool. It too has fenders and a rack, but it just looks a little cooler. The crank is a dead giveaway that it is a crap bike, but I still think I would commute on it if I had to…. 😦

On a drive to a friend’s today, I saw better bikes loaded into vehicles on Rt.33 (the highway) than I did in all of these photos so far. There was a Toyota with three MTB’s, one being a Top Fuel EX, and a Cannondale Scalpel. I can’t remember what the third was, but it was a Cannondale also.

She has also been taking random pics of other things that I thought would share.

Here is a MTB trail in Germany (Usingnen?) The guy with his back facing the camera has some kind of indistinguishable dual suspension MTB, with Schwalbe tires on Mavic rims, and a Rock Shox fork. The bike is pretty serious with hydraulic brakes, a remote seatpost, and computer/GPS mounted on the stem… Wish I knew what the frame was…

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Here’s some other things that she took photos of, like bike lanes, trinkets, and signage~

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Water Bottles, bidons, or whatever else they are called, are the understated hero of the cycling world. From the old aluminum and cork stopper bottles in the pre-plastic days; all the way to now, where there are companies who solely make water bottles… they help us put down water on the go.

There are many opinions about how large, what kind of, or how many water bottles should be carried on a ride. If you have ever read the OREC, you would know that 750ml bottles are prohibited; as is the word bottle itself. Polar or Camelback insulated bottles still have not had a verdict placed on how euro or non-euro they are…

What about in your stable? What water bottles do you normally carry? Do you follow OREC’s rules, or do you provide yourself with two 750ml bottles to last that 80km ride? Hydration is a key part of being able to ride day after day, without the pangs and stiffness in your muscles due to its role in transporting vitamins, minerals, amino acids, glucose, hormones, enzymes and other substances throughout your body which assists in chemical reactions such as the burning of glucose and the breakdown of fat for energy.

As you can see, these little guys are pretty important, and limiting the amount of water consumed just ot be euro is not cool.

Having little images and logos on your bottle is pretty cool too. Do you plan or buy your bottles from a specific place due to their color and design, or are you happy to have just something to drink out of?

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Just remember, regardless of what is storing your liquids; stay hydrated before, during and after a ride!

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