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 girlfriend of 14 years, who has left me home alone for some years while working in New York City. Between us, our pugs Balthazar and PJ and our particularly opinionated cockatoo Biggles there’s never 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 politics, history, philosophy, art and pro-cycling and football. 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).

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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: nine, seasons, 5000 guided tours and cycled 165000 tour km 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

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Email: bikemikeone@gmail.com – best way to get in contact with Bike Mike
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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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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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Bikemike about service before and on tours...

My bike tours are about a unique urban cycling experience on streets of Copenhagen - one of the worlds finest cycling cities. And my tours are also about tales of the Danish way of life through hundreds of years. Told by a local. A Dane who grew up and was shaped by the Danish way of life, the Danish language, Denmarks songs, Denmarks history. That local is bikemike. Thats what my tours are about.

The service I offer is this advice:
do come prepared for my tours by having read and understood: "how bikemike tours works" on my website. Its self service. When you have read my house rules, then you know the ins and outs of the bikemike experience.

But too many still come for the tours unprepared. This is my message to them:

I don't offer and dont want to be tangled up in providing pampering service of all kinds to guests on my tours. My tours are only for people who can manage themselves before and on a bike tour. I acknowledge I live in a time, where many people cant do anything unless others do it for them. It stuns me again and again how people percieve value through how others pamper them. Do understand, if this is you, please do not join my tours. I dont want service requiring disruptions on my tours.

Focus on my tours are a unique cycling experience and tales told by a local about the Danish way of life. Thats what I offer and strive for doing to the best of my ability. Anything with service pampering and high maintenance requiring people I dont take part in.

This is a service message about what to expect on a bikemike tour and what not to expect.

Bikemike how it works:

bikecopenhagenwithmike.dk/how-it-works/

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How bikemike tours work...

The key to enjoy your discovery of Copenhagen on my bike tours is to come prepared for the tour. Read before you book a tour with me: bikecopenhagenwithmike.dk/how-it-works/
Here it explains the do's and don't on my bike tours.

I aim to offer a unique urban cycling experience on streets of Copenhagen. I share historical facts of Denmark through 1000 years together with my own life experience living the Danish way as one of Copenhagens few born and bred in Denmark guides. But I do storytelling and not classic guide gossip stuff.

I don't offer any kind of classic service pampering of people. As it reads on my website: high maintenance requiring people better go somewhere else. In my view too many people today can't do anything unless others do it for them. I dont participate in that kind of service show.

My tours are ambitious. They cater for the curious traveler who can ride a bike and manage oneself in a hectic urban environment. People who want to know about the Danish way of life as told by a Dane, whos life has been shaped by the Danish way of life.

If you can buy into my way of how my tours work, then I love to welcome you. Thank you.

bikecopenhagenwithmike.dk/how-it-works/
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