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‘Home is elsewhere. Heinz Stücke: 50 years around the world by bike’ book

4.60 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)


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Heinz Stücke is back where he started: in Hövelhof, the German village he happily cycled away from half a century ago. He visited 196 countries, got through 21 passports, and ended up with a tidy number of 100,000 photos to sort out. He came across Pelé, got pocket money from Haile Selassie, and even slept under the arms of Christ the Redeemer. He cycled more than 648,000 kilometres, most of them on an ordinary gents’ bike, and several thousands on a Brompton folding bike.

Heinz ‘wanted to see it all’. Dutch travel writer Eric van den Berg, who dug into his vast collection of journals, photos, postcards and notes, visited the now 75 year old cyclist to get an answer to that most pressing question: why? His philosophy of ‘home is elsewhere’ comes through in the daily routines, unexpected encounters and inevitable mishaps of a lifelong adventurist and Einzelgänger, and not least through the pictures Heinz took himself.


5 reviews for ‘Home is elsewhere. Heinz Stücke: 50 years around the world by bike’ book

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    A nice insight into Heniz Stucke and how he traveled the world. The pictures are amazing and it’s nice to read how he got on with the Brompton for touring.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I really like this book, first heard about Heinz on the radio a few years ago when he had his bike stolen while visiting the UK. The book is a fascinating glimpse of his life cycling around the world, there are many great photos, he seems to be a pretty good photographer too. And of course he used a Brompton for some of his travels carrying around 40 kilos of luggage!. So all in all, a very unusual and interesting book to dip into, makes you want to get out there and enjoy the open road.

  3. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    It’s really nicely designed and full of some of Heinz’ original writing. Loads of pictures of his travels and his various bikes. The format makes it more of a coffee table flick through book rather than something you can really dig into.

  4. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    A superb and detailed mixture of expanded diary entries, evocative photographs, and longer essays describing Heinz’s fascinating travels around the world on various bicycles including most recently Brompton bicycles over the past 50 years. Heinz left his hometown of Hovelhof in Germany in 1962 and has toured around the world for over 50 years – sharing and documenting his delightful stories through 196 different countries by bicycle.

    Heinz has kept a diary, documents, and many, many wonderful photographs throughout his journeys and with the assistance of Dutch travel writer and cyclist Eric van den Berg and with the support of Brompton he has gathered his stories together in a moving and delightful publication.

    This is a book to read straight through or dip in and out of as inspiration for touring and long-distance cycling or even just travelling! A highly recommended read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This book is a great read, but works even better as a visual record of Heinz Stucke’s travels. There’s a huge range of photos documenting his travels but only a small proportion are shown in the book. Perhaps there will be an online way to access all of them at some stage. The book certainly conveys the hardships and freedom of his journeys, which I suppose could inspire some people to make a similar journey(s).

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