Long after this anniversary passes, Mannheim city fathers are determined to lodge the bike in the city’s cultural memory – and its streetscape.The city has appointed a bike commissioner and has opened a massive indoor garage beside the main train station, where commuters can lock their bicycles.This made me suspicious, as did the fact that when he grabbed a new T-shirt he did not open the massive wardrobe to grab one, but got the shirt out of a drawer.

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Holiday destinations and road trip routes are chosen based on proximity to the nearest bike park or trail centre.

When we go on holiday (when I say we I obviously mean him, myself, our son AND at least one member of his bike collection) we look like we are moving.

EXPLORER RIDES: for beginner mountain bikers BRING-YOUR-PARTNER RIDES: for passionate mountain bikers with partners who don't ride *No.

When I met my boyfriend I immediately knew that my life would change forever with him.

Anyway, this is all water under the bridge, we have in the meantime started a family, moved houses twice, had a bike stolen two days after he got it, have bought and sold no less than 6 mountain bikes and gone on numerous holidays together.

Let me tell you about the 10 things the last years have taught me about life with a mountain biker: #1 You will look like you are moving to a new house each time you go on holiday.

#2 It impacts where you live and what car you drive.

Being German I judge cars by their ability to handle themselves well on our limitless Autobahn, while my boyfriend is all about cargo space.

Not bad for a country with a population of 82 million.