Frequently Asked Questions
Please note that this FAQ is geared towards the technicalities of taking part in a Techbikers ride: am I fit enough, what kind of equipment do I need and why does it have to be so far. If you’re more interested in the why or how-was-it we suggest you have a look at the tour recap or talk to one of the last year's participants.
When does the ride take place?
All participants will come to Prague on the 6th of July. We also have a bus starting in Berlin to bring the whole crew to Prague (if needed). In the evening we will have the official kickoff with a great dinner downton.
From July 7th-9th we will be on bikes on our way to Berlin.
DO I NEED A BIKE?
No, we’ll organize one for you if you don’t have a good road bike.
DO I NEED TO BE SUPER FIT AND TRAIN EVERY DAY UNTIL THE RIDE?
No. Training helps, but you don’t need to be superhuman. Lorenz completed last year’s ride having done no sports whatsoever before – he just quit smoking. Also, if worse comes to worst, we have a car following us that will shuttle people to the hotel. :-)
DO I NEED TO CARRY MY LUGGAGE ON MY BIKE?
No, the luggage will be shuttled between hotels.
DO I NEED TO CARRY A DAYPACK AND MY OWN FOOD?
No, we’ll have breaks and lunch stops where food is already catered for.
WHY DO I NEED TO PAY 299 EUR FOR THREE DAYS?
Because it’s all inclusive. Hotel, food, transport of your luggage, technical support etc. is covered by the price. Per rider, we actually pay much more but our awesome sponsors cover the difference.
HOW DOES THIS FUNDRAISING THING WORK?
Easy. You act as an ambassador for our charity. Then you go out and tell friends, family, colleagues about the cause and ask them to donate. Or you set up a poker game, throw a party, sell waffles… whatever takes your fancy. Last year, someone auctioned off his beard. Another promised to cycle the distance on his foldable bike if enough money was raised (he did actually cyle on a Brompton from Paris to London). Please note: fundraising does not mean that your friends pay for your trip. The cost of the trip is covered by our corporate sponsors.
WHO ELSE WILL BE ON THIS RIDE?
A lot of international people from the Tech and Start-Up Scene. We have confirmed riders from Google, Axel Springer Plug & Play and hub:raum.
WHO ARE YOU?
We’re six individuals organizing this ride as a grassroot project in our free time. It’s great fun. We have our profiles online.
HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?
For all questions, email techbikers (at) janbechler.com.
ARE THERE ANY EXCUSES WHY I SHOULDN’T JOIN THE RIDE?
Definitely not! :-)