Youle, Frankfurt am Main - Germany
How would you define yourself as a cyclist?
Y: I’m a hobby biker. I don’t like competitions and for me cycling is pure freedom. I’m not depending on streets, times, money or other people. I love to meet people and with a bike it’s an easier way.
How many bikes do you own?
Y: I have 6 bikes. One old trekking bike, I don’t use. Two old race bikes from the 80’s. Two fixies, one custom bike and one new Race bike!
Aprox. how many Km’s do you cover per week?
Y: It depends. In May I rode 700km. I ride every day at least 25-30km. Plus my freetime biking…
Would you consider yourself as having basic mechanical knowledge?
Y: I can do some basic things. And with a fixie everything is really simple. But sometimes I go to a really good bike shop, the Fixiestube in Frankfurt. I like the guys!!! Sometimes we only drink beer or go to the Critical Mass.
What does the bicycle simbolize for you?
Y: FREEDOM! When I’m happy, I go cycling. When I’m sad, I go cycling. When I’m looking forward to something, I go cycling…. And a nice bike is a sexy accessory for a guy
What do you think the local cycling community needs the most?
Y: I’m not sure. Maybe better weather or less cars?! We have a Critical Mass 2 times a month and we have good shops with cool guys here.
Do you feel the local council is doing enough for cyclists in your city?
Y: No! We have too less bike lanes on the roads. I think we need a car free zone in the inner-city.
What do you find to be the scariest aspect of cycling in the city?
Y: Taxi drivers. They open the door without watching. They park on the bike lane. Often they’re going too fast. And pedestrians… looking at the phone, walking on the bike lane, walking between parked cars and not paying attention. I hate it.
When visiting Frankfurt, where would you advise cyclists to ride?
Y: Through the city to see the skyscrapers, or at the river Main or Nidda. The nature there is so beautiful.