I cycle everywhere in Berlin. When I moved here, one of the first things I did was buy myself a bike. Having spent three years in Manchester avoiding cycling up and down Oxford Road, I decided that here was the place I would bite the cycling bullet and relive the reckless freedom of my childhood through cycling.
One can pick up a bike for a fairly good price in Berlin. I went to a second hand bike shop in Friedrichshain for mine but there are countless ones of these throughout the city. Another place many go to seek out a 2-wheeled bargain is the fleamarkets. More on these in another post but be wary, many of the bikes sold at flea markets have been stolen so you might find yourself in a sticky situation.
I love the freedom that comes with cycling. Granted, the public transport is great here, but there is nothing like being able to hop on your bike and within 30 minutes or so arriving at your destination having not been affected by cancelled trains or busses held up in traffic jams.
Cycling is also super cheap. I always tell myself this isn’t the case when I am back at the bike shop getting repairs for the 4th time in a year, but on the whole, cycling is pretty cost-effective. Also, the German bike club offers free check ups and repairs at certain times of the year such as the Autumn-Check happening in September. Check it out here – http://www.adfc-berlin.de/aktionenprojekte/weitere/kastanienallee/1353-adfc-herbst-checks-2014.html
If you are such a fan of cake as myself, I can promise you that you don’t feel half as bad about spending your Sunday guzzling half of Germany’s Kaffee und Kuchen offering with a friend in Kreuzberg if you’ve biked there.