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The Danish Are Bike Mad…How To Commute In Style

Hey Y’all, what a couple of days I have had. The doubt had begun creeping in about whether my ambition for bellabikers was possible at the beginning of the week. It was right there with me when I walked out of the Airport in  Denmark. Then I walked into a Female World Champion and cycling legend Marianne Vos on top of that she was stood with Pro cyclist Kirsten Wild . I’m not religious in any way but that is about as close as it comes for me on the divine intervention front. I actually mumbled to myself “maybe I am supposed to do this?” Whilst stood between the cream of the  Dutch National Cycling Squad.

Kirsten Wild, Me, Marianne Vos

So work had kindly sent me to Denmark to do a course. Having never visited the country as a huge fan of anything on two wheels I unbeknown to me was about to be let into the Magic Kingdoom. Everyone rides EVERYONE! All the kids commute to school on bikes, I was  staying in a Hotel opposite a School and never once observed the road blocked with cars.

Copenhagen can only be described as a commuting cycling Mecca. Every where you go there are bikes  literally 1000’s of them.

Every street looked like this!

I saw very few mountain bikes but it is pretty much pan cake flat, the order of the day was fixies and a very traditional relaxed up right looking bike frames.

The upright bikes I saw every where

One of the fixies that caught my eye

Instead of seeing random mums commuting with a child on the back seat, front boxes where the norm with up to 4 small children in them!!!

How Mums Commute in Denmark

Everyone seemed to ride in gorgeous looking clothes and lycra was absolutely no wear to be seen.

How Girls do it in Copenhagen

This city has got it 100% right, dedicated cycle lanes where as much  a part of the transport info structure as white lines painted on roads. This kept cyclists and cars apart nearly all the time only having to share space when turning across the flow of traffic.

Cycle Lanes

This is probably why I only saw a few people wearing helmets, I think the other contributing factor is the driving laws are pretty simple always give way to a cyclist if you don’t your in the POO. The fact that nearly everyone rides must mean that drivers are more aware of how careless behavior could affect their fellow two wheeled road users.

I happened to be the country due to work. I was completely oblivious to the Danish cycling culture and their love affair with the bike. For anyone that rides I can highly recommend a visit, it is truely wonderful and enlightening to see a capital city functioning like this.

Bike Love for Copenhagen

The World Championships are taking place there in September. With the love and support for cycling  it is likely to be a truly awesome event. Just in case you fancy a visit to watch,  Easy Jet and few other low cost airlines fly in. You can grab the metro train from the airport and your in Copenhagen in 10 minutes.

Bellabiker


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A Thing of Beauty

I spotted this whilst watching a Go Ride session run by Kings Cliffe Flyers on Thursday evening.

Dons Fixie

Turns out the frame was given to Don, she’s had a full refurb and paint job. I’ve never wanted a fixie before but looking at a bike like this I could be easily converted. Just looking at the picture make me wonder just what a Brooks saddle would feel like to ride on.

Why I Love Sundays

So I know no one reads this…

But some day, just one day some one might and maybe I’ll change their out look on a Sunday to. Sunday is club run day. I get to don all my cycling gear and go and meet up with the Kings Cliffe Flyers Road Club. Sundays used to be the day where I got up late dragged my heels around the house and dreaded the prospect of work the following day. Now I cant wait for it because with out fail I’m going to be hooking up with like minded people who just love to be out pedal pushing.

Its fab and today was quite special as always I start my morning with about a pint of tea that is not an exaggeration.

Following that I spend about half an hour tracking down my shoes, helmet arm warmers, house keys and I’m ready to leave, being organized is not my strong point.

The run was a short affair today only 27miles for me this meant I was returning with the youth section. Whilst the big boys took on the longer loop.You think you have seen it all, but today I was re-educated by a 13 year old. Ridding side by side we where discussing rollers and ridding with no hands I have never been able to do this EVER..

George and Cody both demonstrated how “easy” it was. So I thought well I’ll give it a whirl having fallen off the rollers all ready this week I was tempting fate. But out of no where I yes me could ride with no hands. It is up there with greatest achievements as far as I’m concerned and has put a stipid grin on my face for the rest of the day.

Not to be out done Cody and George both 13 decided to have a go at no hands and one foot…the jammy little sausages could both do it!

Why I love Sundays, everyone is different and acting like a big kid is good for the soul.

Wonder what next weeks will bring.

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