Eurobike: Got tips and tricks? Share them here!

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With my Eurobike 2012 registration complete – I’ve started looking at all the goodness that is the massive bike show just a month away over in Germany.  In the course of doing so, I realized that I know so little about it and the logistics of it.  It feels like the first year I went to Interbike all over again.  Except, without the crazy people of the strip (note, I said of the strip, not the strippers).

So – I’m reaching out to anyone who’s gone to Eurobike for your tips or tricks (for those not familiar, Eurobike is a massive cycling expo, far larger than Interbike) .  My current plan is to be there Thursday/Friday, and potentially some of the weekend.  Though, The Girl and I may wander from there and see something nearby that weekend (any camping/hiking options?).  Got to begin our exploration of Europe sometime, and now sounds good!

Also, if anyone has travel suggestions from Paris, I’m game for those.  Plane, trains or automobiles?  We don’t have a car, so we’d have to rent one if so.  I see they have shuttles from major points (airports/stations).  Hotel in the city, or outside?  It looks like a 7ish hour drive from Paris, which is a wee bit longer than we’d want (rental car).  But if coming back we were to find a cool place to spend a few nights camping – that’d be worth it.  Plus, looking at some of the other options, they don’t seem all that much shorter due to connections/layovers.

Of course, if you’re exhibiting there, definitely reach out to me to try and arrange a timeslot.  A few companies have done so already – and it helps to ensure I know you exist and that you’ve got some goods to check out (or just free cookies to eat, I’m not picky).

And for all those only at Interbike, I’m still planning on being there again this year – assuming nothing else gets in the way.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Anonymous

    For all your train needs try

    link to bahn.de

    seems like it takes 7 hours by train and you have to change trains 2 or 3 times, so you might as well take the car, which gives you more option around the Bodensee anyways, plus you can take it to the Autobahn.

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  2. You might want to stay or spend some time in Lindau, a small island in the Bodensee (lake Constance). It is less than 20miles from Friederichshafen and is an amazing place!

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  3. What anonymous said: it depends on what you want to do when you get there and what you want to do after the even.

    The international trains are usually quite good, and they do allow you to work or nap. At least that is my personal experience traveling from Amsterdam to Berlin. However, that particular route is part of the European high-speed net and it's a good deal faster than traveling by car, which isn't the case here. Only from Paris to Strasbourg is part of that rail network. That stretch of rail is about 2 hours faster by train than by car (not counting getting in or out of Paris on time and alive by car, which can be a nightmare).

    That means there's an alternative plan, if you need to rent a car anyway: you could mix-n-match! Travel from Paris to Strasbourg by TGV (www.sncf.com or http://www.tgv.com ). Get a rental car there and drive, through the Schwarzwald (which is very very PRETTY!), to the Bodensee. That way the trip will be around 5.5 hours of which you'd spend 3 hours driving. Sounds a lot more comfortable to me.

    PS. the comments really need an edit button ;-)

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  4. Do you plan to bring lots of stuff from Eurobike? If yes, only real option is a car. And you combine one way with some side trips. Though its not such a short drive, and can be tiring.

    Other nice possibilities are with a train. Trains either to Strassbourg or Stuttgart, and you rent a car there (though if i went to Stuttgart, i would rather just catch a train to your destination - less troublesome than driving on autobahn). I would also choose Strassbourg, as it is much nicer town + you have Schwarzwald in the middle, and then just go down the Bodensee. Or you even can go on a direct night train to Munich and rent a car there (distance to your destination is similar as from Stuttgart, and there is more to see). You can visit in between some nice towns in German Alps and castles like Neuschwanstein. But it takes much longer on a train!

    Planes are also an option, with Zurich being the closest airport to your destination (i don't think there is a direct train from Paris to Zurich). And sometimes can planes be cheaper than trains...

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  5. Hello,
    you could take a look at hotel.de, usually they provide some good options, also in Switzerland: you have to take the boat that cross the Costance Lake, and you are (quite) inside of the expo :)
    Camping outside of Eurobike is a "temporary camping": so you had to adapt a little ;)

    To get there, car is the easiest option, but be aware: there is a lot of traffic, gettin' in and getting out of the fair.

    If you want to take a look at the ridley bikes booth (A7-300), I will be there from wednesday 'til friday: you can email me, and set up an appointment.

    :)

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  6. Dave

    I have an idea! Take the TGV to Mulhouse (closer to Frieserichshafen) and we can drive together to Eurobike (I mean if you're ok that I'll go with you).

    Or we can even ride by bike to the place (it's a bit under 200km from here).

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  7. Getting There ---

    SRAMmies tend to fly into Zurich or Munich and travel by train to Friedrichshafen. The marketing folks, like me, are fortunate to stay close to the train station and the show. The German and Swiss train systems are sensational, as someone has said previously.
    link to bahn.de
    link to sbb.ch

    There are some beautiful little towns along Lake Constance on the train trip from Zurich to Friedrichshafen. You could consider staying in one of them and catching a train to Friedrichshafen each day. I know I have. I think Überlingen is one of the towns I fell in love with through an express train's window. Bring a bike if you're going to do this. As someone said already, traffic can be heavy. And on Saturday's Public Day it's crazy.
    link to en.wikipedia.org

    The ferry across Lake Constance combined with Eurobike's free shuttle buses is an option. As is camping. The camp grounds are across the road from the show.

    Eurobike's own travel options, including its buses and shuttles, are decent if you have the above information to get you started.
    link to eurobike-show.com

    Nextbike, a bike hire company, have bikes in Friedrichshafen for the show. You can get off the train in Friedrichshafen, walk directly across the road to the Ibis Hotel, which has a Nextbike stop outside, and hire a bike. There's some stops in the city centre too.
    link to eurobike-show.com
    http://www.nextbike.net

    The Show ---

    The first thing, which you've alluded to, is that it's absolutely massive. Interbike has one big pavilion. Eurobike has perhaps seven. The next thing you'll notice is the number of manufacturers whose bikes you've never seen before. Then you'll realize they're big, big brands in Europe and wonder why you've never heard of them.

    Don't count on the show's wireless connections to be fast or consistent.

    I'll be in the SRAM booth each day. Look for the Quarq arm wrestle machine and power meters. If you like coffee, we have a barista and if you want to sit down we have an upstairs lounge for media meetings. Is that enticing enough to get you there?

    Eating and Drinking ---

    The show has airplane-like food at its cafes, but there's a selection of better, hot meals in the Bike Parcours. Along with beer (I don't drink so I can't give you any more info here) and crepes filled with Nutella (they're fantastic and I devour them). Prices aren't excessive. There's a host of fast food outlets and restaurants in the town of Friedrichshafen. You will easily be able to find something to eat. Brush up on your German. Some restaurants and hotels don't have English signage so choosing the male toilet can be difficult!
    http://en.friedrichshafen.info

    I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any specific questions.

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  8. You can catch the TGV to Stuttgart, crash at our place, then rent a car or I can drive our van (need to score me a pass) :-). Bring a bike too!

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  10. Regarding the food: since some years I use to buy sandwiches and water out of the fair, in some little shops/supermarkets on the road. The quality of food out of the show is good, especially the meat dishes! but within the Fair, the quality is sometimes low, the prices (by Italian standards), high, and, especially during peak hours, there are long queues. There is also the option to buy carbo or protein bars (many stands sold them), but living three days on powerbars/powergels is not so good :( As for the beer, working in a Belgian company, we have unlimited supplies directly at the stand :D
    Ehi, Troy, maybe we met last year: I wrenched the Quarq arm wrestle machine and perhaps it was you that explained the function and option of the power meter :)

    I think we need some badge with a key phrase...just like "I'm addicted to DC Rainmaker blog" :D

    ciao!

    +1 for Krispy: PS. the comments really need an edit button ;-)

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  11. Don't miss the Party at the Continental booth. Was a lot of fun last year! I'm not sure if it was Thursday or Wednesday...

    Kind regards
    Alex

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  12. Do not under any circumstances drive! OMG the tolls in France are almost twice what it will cost you to take a train and the train is less stressful. Buy a Europass for the weekend and you'll be set. The trains in Germany really do run like clockwork and are clean and the food isn't bad either. I do find the local trains more confusing but the regional trains are super easy.

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