Tell us about yourself.
I am an economist, working as a researcher at a University where I strive to accelerate the energy transition. When I am not focusing on the energy sector, I recharge my batteries with different sports such as cycling, running, climbing or surfing.
What’s your history with cycling?
I grew up in a hilly area in Germany, so mountain biking quickly became one of my favourite sports. In my childhood and teenage years, I didn’t see bicycles as a commuting tool — I considered bikes as a tool for sports. But over the recent years, my perception of cycling has changed dramatically.
Today, cycling is my favourite way of getting around in the cities.
To me, a good day means that I get to start and end the day on my bike. My car has become a backup option that I use very rarely, mostly only when I’m feeling a bit sick or when I need to travel longer distances.
Why did you decide to get an Ampler e-bike?
I was looking for a minimalistic bike with electric assistance. When I came across Ampler, I immediately felt that I want to have one of those for myself.
On my next business trip to Berlin, I booked a test ride with Ampler so I could test the bike between my appointments. I remember riding Ampler on the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin to my meeting. It was raining a lot, but I couldn’t stop smiling!
I arrived to the meeting soaking wet because of all heavy rain.
After the meeting, I showed the bike to the person I was meeting with. That’s when he understood why my clothes were so wet — you just cannot resist riding this bike no matter what!
How does Ampler fit into your daily life?
Ever since I bought the Ampler, I cycle a lot more.
Before Ampler, I used to choose my bike only for travelling distances up to 5 km. My go-to form of transportation above this short distance was always my car.
Now, I almost always choose my Ampler over my car. The distance needs to be at least 10 km for me to even start considering taking the car — and even then, I often end up taking my bike.
Every day, I start my morning on a bicycle. I take my kids to the kindergarten on my Ampler bike and then continue riding to work.
In the evening, I ride back home. On average, I ride about 15-20 km per day on the bike.
Photos and text by Frank Glanert.