Straight from Germany, the Best Bike Shop EVER! (Photos)


Photo: Paul Lepisto

Hey Boss! Where Should We Put All Those Bikes?

A couple of photos of a building covered in bicycles started floating around the net a few days ago (I first saw them on Copenhagenize). It's a bike shop in Germany, and when I first saw the pics I thought "Best bike shop EVER!", and I knew I had to learn more. Thanks to our amazing Berlin correspondent, I now have more photos and background info on this extremely clever way to advertise bikes. Check out the photos below.


Photo: Paul Lepisto

The bike shop is in Altlandsberg, Germany, about a 60km round trip from Berlin.


Photo: Paul Lepisto

How it All Started

What's the story behind the bikes on the walls? It all started when an employee asked Peter Horstmann, the owner, what to do with about 40 bikes that customers had brought in as trade ins. "Hang 'em on the wall," Horstmann replied from his gut, and over time the number of bikes has increased to about 120.


Photo: Paul Lepisto


Photo: Paul Lepisto

The oldest bike on the wall is from 1933. There are all kinds of models, including one that a customer has recognized as a bike that was stolen from him in 1986 at a train station. The shop owner offered to return it to him, but he declined (guess he had bought another one since then).


Photo: Paul Lepisto

Here is the owner, Peter Horstmann, a Canadian. He's pointing to the bracket that they use to hang the bikes. Horstmann told us that his shop's business was up about 40% this year while in general German bicycle retails is down 22%. No doubt part of that is due to the clever advertising!


Photo: Paul Lepisto


Photo: Paul Lepisto

The bike shop's website can be found here: fahrradhof-altlandsberg.de (in German)

Huge thanks to Christine and Paul Lepisto, our treehugger in Berlin. Without her this post wouldn't have been possible. You rock! Check out her posts here.

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