I feel Berlin is in a state of transition at the moment. It’s struggling to find its next form, it’s in a kind of in-between phase. The days of limitless opportunity from the time after the wall came down are over. Free spaces are harder to come by, club culture is slowly being pushed from the city center, rents are rising, the start-up scene brings in a flood of young professionals, that are looking for a more upscale kind of entertainment. But at the same time Berlin has a massive influx of young people from all over Europe or the World and they bring exciting parts of their cultures to the town.
Standert is foremost a brand of bicycles. We design, produce and sell our idea of what a beautiful bicycle is today. A very important part of that idea is our shop. Not just a regular bikeshop, but a hub of cycle culture and home to a community. That is why Standert is a cycle café. We want to offer people the opportunity to hang out, have a coffee or a beer and talk bikes.
Up to now, every bike we sold was assembled completely according to customer wishes. The frames come as they are, designed by us, the rest you choose from parts we offer in the shop, we get for you, or you bring yourself.
This year for the first time, with widening our range of models, we offer complete bikes, build with carefully selected parts according to our aesthetic understanding.
When starting to work on a new model, there is always a general idea of what it’s going to be like in my mind, that grew over time, by either personally experiencing a need or by seeing a thing that fascinates me. Then I go and collect in a classic way a moodboard. Features, technical details, material, colors. From there I develop the frame as a Cad model first and then design the paintjob, either digital or as a mockup. The next step is the building of one or more samples, until I’m satisfied with look and details, followed by a period of testriding, before going into production.
Oh, very unfortunately Super Pops is a baby, which I had to give up for adoption...
When we started the shop, I was studying industrial design here in Berlin and the two ideas of creating my own bicycles and bringing natural Ice Pops to Berlin, that I saw on a trip to Brazil, developed simultaneously. This then merged beautifully in the concept of a cycle café, with the café being an actual Icecafé. We produced Super Pops from fresh ingredients by hand in the kitchen in the back of our shop, and they were fantastic, but after two years of struggling to keep up with the workload that comes with developing two young businesses at the same time, with a heavy heart we had to decide to concentrate in the future on our bicycles.
I’d definitely say after a couple of beers you should not ride your bicycle in traffic anymore. First of all, it’s dangerous, secondly it’s against the law and you could loose your driver license. But we all do it every now and then nonetheless. What rebels we are.
Riding my bike as part of my job, working with a great team of friends in my shop, just got married. Pretty good place, haha.
More bikes, more rides, and maybe one day a little cottage in the Alps, where the real good cycling happens. That’s one of my dreams.