the bike mike story

I’m Michael, Bike Mike to most, this is me from A to Z.

Cycling is my lifeblood, Let’s just say that I live to ride and ride to live. My earliest childhood memory is of my second-hand burgundy coloured bike – that beat-up set of wheels sparked something inside of me that’s been flaming-hot ever since. The biking-bug was always there, I just had to find it.

The world is crazy, hectic, stressful place. There’s nothing that melts away this chaos like a slow cruise through my beloved home town of Copenhagen. It’s here, on my bike that everything feels simple and uncomplicated. Here I could be a 6 year old boy again – this is my idea of bliss.

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You ask what qualifies me to take these tours? A lifetime supply of curiosity is my greatest credential. Life is about stepping outside of your comfort zone, searching for new experiences by the bucket-load and always taking the detour over the beaten track. I can proudly say that I am cycling in the opposite direction to the mainstream gravy train as it puffs along into oblivion. I have explored the far corners of the globe on two wheels, nothing could make me feel more alive or content within myself. A Danish buddy once told me “you have lived life on the edge” and he’s right, it’s the only way I do things. The harder my curiosity drives me, the less comfort matters. Normality is not important. The more you know, the less you know – believing anything else wont see you having any fun.

Needless to say hasn’t all been sunshine and smooth cycling.

I grew up in a single parent home with my two brothers. My sister and father died when I was a young. My mother taught me two lessons through her own doings: never give up and work hard. That simple recipe has seen survive all of the curveballs that have been thrown my way so far. In 2010 I rode smack-bang into the mother of all brick walls when I was told “Mike, you’ve got colorectal cancer”. This was the worst and lowest time of my life. Eyes-blearing, staring down the barrel of the cancer-gun I faced never been able to ride my bike again. I had to search for the light at the end of the tunnel both physically and mentally. My bike became a fundamental instrument in my recovery and my mantra became “not without the bike”. Along with the help of extremely skilled doctors and the fantastic people around me I made my comeback. 11 days after surgery I was back on the bike, I couldn’t sit on the saddle the first two months, and stood up on the pedals the entire time, but hey, I was alive and kicking. Accidental morphine fuelled tours were a trip all of their own but what I can say, I’m a passionate person, not getting right back on the bike was never going to happen. The bad news is life does indeed throw curveballs, the good news is that Bike Mike made it out alive, bigger, better and more ready than ever to take on the world.

 

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As the days go by I don’t worry about getting old because I know the contentedness I have found is rare within the hectic-hustle of todays world. Survival is human nature and so far I am pleased to say I’ve made it. My home is Christianshavn in central Copenhagen right on the main canal. I share this paradise with my beautiful wife of 18 years, who has left me home alone for some years while working in New York City. In our apartment on 2nd floor, I run a zoo with our pugs Balthazar and PJ and our particularly opinionated cockatoo Biggles. Rarely ever a dull moment. Do you believe in a higher power? I do and I enjoy so much the feeling of strength and hope coming my way from believing in a non-material world. It’s truly fantastic.

Cruising on my bike, hanging out with my dogs and eating good food is what it’s all about. The bike-bug runs in my family, I never recall seeing my son happier than we he got his first brand new souped-up bike and took it for a cruise around our Auckland home. He’s all grown up now and somewhat lippier, according to him: “Dad, you don’t speak English, you speak Dinglish”. Too right, too right. I like travels (member of Denmarks Travelers Club), history, politics, geography, philosophy, art and pro-cycling, football and the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team which I grew up with. I have followed Tour de France since 1970, yes I’m that old-school. I’ve cycled over the tallest of the legendary peaks in Le Tour. Tour de France tells the story of France, one of my favorite places anywhere, if only I could speak the language (one thing at a time, let me nail the Dinglish first). I am an active cyclist on the Danish Heart Foundations cycling team: “Hjerterytterne” – the heart riders. We cycle to raise funds for better and healthier hearts in Denmark.

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All of these experiences exploded into the Bike Mike you see today.

I would love to share my Copenhagen and Denmark with you. I dare you to join me. It might ruffle your feathers but who wants a trip that turns out exactly as expected, that’s no adventure. Nowadays my numbers are stacking up like this: eleven seasons, 7000 guided tours and about 25000 hours on streets of Copenhagen.

It’s a wonderful world out there – grab it by the horns. I’ll shake and stir your adventurous spirit if you’re ready to take it as it comes. Ride on…

Cheers

Michael Sommerville AKA Bike Mike

contact

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Email: bikemikeone@gmail.com – best way to get in contact with Bike Mike
textme
Phone: (45) 2639 5688 Text messaging to Bike Mike phone: (45) 2639 5688 is an efficient way to communicate short questions/messages on day of touring.
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I will do my best to answer you asap. However I ask for your patience, as I am a one man band operation – thanks
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Address for Bike Mike Tours Shop – meeting point for all Bike Copenhagen with Mike tours: Sankt Peders Stræde 47, 1453 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Danish Company Registration: SE/CVR 32623875 Bank: Danske Bank

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2 weeks ago

any chance of a later ride on Aug 26? The NCL ship does not arrive until 11? ... See MoreSee Less

Urban cycling. Require unlike what many believe not any particular good fitness. But do require one is fairly comfortable on a bicycle. Old age is not a problem. As proven by Anne from Sweden (picture). Flying smoothly around streets of old and liveable Copenhagen she surely did with her 81 beautiful years behind her. Fair cycling skills, great attitude -thats Anne’s way. And it worked 👍🚲🇸🇪🇩🇰❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Bike Copenhagen with Mike

Copenhagen ride & dine bike tour with students and staff from University of Oregon. Those students had endless of healthy curiosity. A good night on streets of Copenhagen👍🚲🇺🇸🇩🇰🙏 ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Bike Copenhagen with Mike

Today, June 15th 2019, is a great day for little Denmarks old flag🇩🇰🇩🇰🇩🇰❤️❤️❤️Today, the Danish flag - Dannebrog 🇩🇰 - turns 800 years. The legend of its origin tells that it was during a battle in Estonia in 1219 that the flag fell from the sky, and as a result the Danes won the battle.

Read the full story about Dannebrog: bit.ly/2IbmdbH
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4 months ago

It was a very lovely cicletour in Copenhagen, full with information.
We would like to say thank you !!
We do love Copenhagen and Danmark.
Sven and Sascha,
Bochum, Germany.
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4 months ago

Mike thanks so much for a fabulous day and tour! We had a great time and really enjoyed all of the side trips too! Your knowledge and stories added so much to our time in Copenhagen. Your tour was worth it! The best part of our trip! ... See MoreSee Less

Bike Beijing with Mike - my picture was stopped by uncle Xi’s cyberwall, when I posted the bike Beijing story below. Now I am out China and are no longer barred by a cyberwall💪👍🇲🇳 ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago

Bike Copenhagen with Mike

🚲 Beijing with Mike: and from my observations I can report, that there are no longer nine million bicycles in Beijing. Hardly any nowadays but millions of hybridcars and relatively clean air to breathe considering its 30 million inhabitants. Beijing is a fantastic place👍❤️💪😜 ... See MoreSee Less

Thats all folks for bikemike's 11th season. Thanks to all who discovered Copenhagen together with me on two wheels.
Since my start many years ago, I have done more than 7.000 bike tours on streets of Copenhagen which translates to more than 25.000 hours together with thousands and more thousands of fantastic, curious travelers from all corners of our wonder planet. My job as bike tour guide and storyteller is joyfull and I feel grateful for your support.

I am off for my yearly big break away. Bike Copenhagen with Mike is closed from January 20th and 1st tour in the 12th season is on February 15th at 10:00.

Hope to see you here in Copenhagen sometime in 2019.

Check my website and tour schedule for your tour with the worlds most legendary urban bike tour guide:

www.bikecopenhagenwithmike.dk

The ¨short video clip was made in July 2019 by Australias most listened to radio programme, 3AW in Melbourne, when the crew hit the street of copenhagen with bikemike. Good stuff👍🚲♥️😉🇩🇰️🙏

3AW Breakfast
"They were fantastic. True Aussie champions."

An actual review of our cycling efforts through Copenhagen today. #BrekkyinScandi
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