People behind the Parallel Passion: Thimo Lübcke

We present the people behind the Parallel Passion.

Switching from four wheels to two usually means ditch the car and ride the bike. However, Thimo Lübcke, head of development and automation at Checkstone, almost completely replaced the skateboard with a racing bike. On this, he is riding away from his colleagues more and more often. Then he waits at the next bend until the other one has pantingly trampled behind him. Small talk at such a curve.

A strange change

“Two years ago, a buddy of mine let me borrow his fixie bike. It’s a bike with only one gear, but with racing handlebars”, Thimo Lübcke tells us. The mountain bike had been stolen from him during his studies and he hadn’t had a bike for a long time after that. “On the Fixie, I was involved in the Parallel Passion from the very beginning.” Very quickly he decided to change to a real racing bike. Since then, a strange change had been going on in him: From being a cool skater to a rider of the Leipzig lakes. That takes some getting used to.

Still discovering Leipzig

However, getting to know the city and its surrounding area even better is a good thing for the native of Schleswig-Holstein. Because Thimo came to Leipzig 2015, with a detour via Tübingen. There he had studied Sinology and Political Science and worked in various fields. For relationship reasons, he moved to Leipzig, worked in a call center and joined Checkstone in April 2019.

Skater tricks – adieu!

“The Parallel Passion somehow started at the right time,” says Thimo, born in 1982, who has always done a lot of sports.

“Because on the skateboard I can’t physically exert myself like I used to. Little tricks are part of the skateboarding experience – but my bones don’t work so well anymore.” My colleague Julia, meanwhile arrived at the curve, hears the last words and adds dryly: “You do the tricks for that on the bike. Isn’t that right?” Thimo smiles. “You mean the accidents. Yes, I’ve already had two”, he says, but fortunately they went off without a hitch.

Skaters can fall better

At the first accident he got stuck in the middle of Leipzig with his Fixie Bike in a tram track. At that time there had been a market, and immediately people had come to him, helped him up and even brought water. “That’s the Leipzigers,” he adds beaming. “But I hadn’t seriously hurt myself.” The second accident was uphill. The chain had snapped, and he flew over the handlebars into a ditch. Yes, a few guardian angels must have flown with him. Luckily, skateboarding had taught him how to fall. Presumably this had saved him from serious injuries in both cases.

Often on the road together

Let’s take a look at the current road bike. Aluminum, without fenders, neon orange fork, glossy grey blue frame. “I currently ride this bike about 200 km a week,” Thimo reports. “About 50 km on four days, with regeneration periods in between. “We often ride around the Leipzig lakes together,” adds Checkstone colleague Julia, “and I can really observe how Thimo’s technique changes.”

Geometry needs getting used to

Do you think he’s gonna fix the wheel himself? “Well, I’d rather leave that to a colleague, he can do it better,” Thimo says thoughtfully. For now, he has enough to do with getting to know the other geometry of the racing bike – and everything that goes with it. You don’t sit on it as “stately” as you do on other bikes, but rather you lie on it and have your head far in front. Julia laughs: “Yes, we have already joked about what we will look like in two or three months.

Time for a helmet!

The two have already purchased padded cycling shorts. Further equipment is planned. “It is becoming more and more semi-professional,” says Thimo. “Besides tricots, I will mainly buy a helmet. After the two accidents, it’s really time for that.” Julia nods. The colleagues with whom the team player, who has been a sports enthusiast since childhood, is often on the road, also see it that way.

Fast through the country

But Thimo also likes to ride alone – and in any case without a training plan. He would describe himself more as a “pleasure rider”, he says. Rolling through the country, just being with himself without using the media, he likes that: “In the meantime I have noticed that I like fast driving. I didn’t know that before. Besides, I spend a lot of time outdoors and driving enriches my life.”

New body feeling inclusive

And the skateboard he has been riding since he was twelve years old? Thimo says it hasn’t worn out. He takes it out once or twice a week. But The Parallel Passion has turned him into a passionate cyclist who is now also starting to pay attention to his food. “Not only the tricks on the skateboard are becoming less. The unhealthy things that I used to stuff into my body are also disappearing more and more from my life,” says Thimo.

“The Parallel Passion and the new body awareness associated with driving, both of which brings me to healthy eating.”

Cool cyclist in sight

“First the helmet!” Julia interrupts with a smile. Thimo nods, pulls his mobile phone out of his pocket and taps on it. “Absolutely! After all, I’ll keep increasing my average speed,” he says. He now manages 23 km per hour. Recently, he has done 25 km/h over a distance of 40 km. That’s why he absolutely has to pay more attention to safety. The development from cool skateboarder to cool, no: to safety and health-conscious cyclist is in full swing. “We will report”, Julia says, gets on her bike and rides Thimo a little bit away until he has passed her waving.

The second stop on this curve will follow in a fortnight. Let’s see if Thimo actually shows up with a helmet. Until then we wish him an accident-free trip!

Click here for Thimos Strava profile.

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