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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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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Has spring finally arrived in Denmark?

Felt like it has on tonights journey with my dogs along Zealands north coast. Beautiful evening.

Tomorrow morning back to the stone jungle named Copenhagen.
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Montana girls after the ride through thousand years of Danish history on streets of Copenhagen. Kristin, to the right, though now resides in Denmark, in fact only a few streets from where I grew up. Small world as the saying goes. From Great Falls, Montana to Allerød, Denmark. ... See MoreSee Less

Winter time on two wheels in Copenhagen...

can be a challenge due to the unfriendly, harsh climate conditions. But us Danes have ways to overcome the dark times. Like sinking a little sharp shot of "bikemike moonshine". That will kick start your cold heart on any rainy, windy Copenhagen winter day. Pouring into the shot glasses last Sunday inside the dry Kings Gate at Borgen, faces look sceptical, but seconds later, all smiles and laughter.
Thats the spirit we in Denmark call: "hyggeligt"
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See You in Copenaghen bike expo 2017!!!!! 😉 ... See MoreSee Less

Summer 2017 our new ski slope open on top of our new waste to energy plant. This is cool stuff... ... See MoreSee Less

Denmark's newest power station will be a bit different. It has a ski slope on top of it. Read more: wef.ch/2ln4SiR

Salvy from Venezuela all smiles after 3 hours struggles on streets of Copenhagen on a cold February day.

Bike tours in full swing. But always check tour schedule before you book: bikecopenhagenwithmike.dk/bookings/
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2017 season bikemike tours start February 19th at 10:00. Its the 10th season. Welcome aboard to discover Copenhagen together with bikemike on two wheels.

I spent my winter break on a re-discover USA road trip tour. Drove 5.302 kms from Miami Beach to Manhattan. Plus more than 600 kms on my bicycle. Along highways and by-ways. Through sunshine in Florida, to the heart of Dixie in Montgomery, Alabama, along back roads of the Appalachians in Tennesee, on top of Blue Ridge Mountains Skyline Drive, to Cape May on the Atlantic - out of season, visited Amish land in Pennsylvania, met my friend and old bike tour guest Kelly in City of brotherly love, and final stop at my beautiful wife's home on Manhatttan. I learned how I still love the United States of America.

Picture shows me awaiting green light on Park Ave the other day. With beautiful Empire State Building as back drop. New York City has many and good bike lanes but so few cyclists. Come on New Yorkers, get on ya bike. Good for heart and mind.

Welcome to bikemike 2017 Copenhagen discovery.

Ride on...
www.bikecopenhagenwithmike.dk
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At the end of summer 1963, I sat on the floor in our poor home in Denmark and were watching our new small television box, a gift from my grandparents. I was eight years old and missing my father so much. He was killed two years earlier. I lived with my mother and my two brothers. A man spoke on television that day. He spoke in a language I didn't understand. But he captured my heart. "What does he speak about" I asked my mother. She also didn't understand the language the man spoke in but she could read the subtitles. "He speaks about he has a dream" she said. Many times later during my growing up years when life was hard, I found hope in the spirit of that man's speech about having a dream. Some years on that same man was shot and died. Only then I realized the man giving me hope during my growing up years was Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr. He then became one of my heroes. Another of my heroes are the Danish pastor and philosopher Grundtvig. Among many coarses he founded the Danish folk schools: education not only for the elite but for the many. Enlightenment for all so one can make decisions for own life. In early 1930's an American, Myles Horton came to Denmark to learn about the folk schools. Back home again he build the Highlander Folk School high up in the Appalachian Mountains on the outskirts of Monteagle in southeastern Tennesee. The school became the training ground in the 1950's for Americas modern Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr. and Rosa Parks were students at the school. I only recently learned about Grundtvigs indirect connection with such notable Americans, who changed their country in the 1960's. Then I decided to one day visit the school. So I did on a late Friday afternoon on last Friday in January 2017. I found it was a beautiful experience - historically & personally - to walk on the premises but also felt sad, that the school, a place of great historic importance, is left to what looks like being forgotten. The sign close to the final turnoff for the road of the school is all left today indicating the historic place, the Highlander. ... See MoreSee Less

At the end of summer 1963, I sat on the floor in our poor home in Denmark and were watching our new small television box, a gift from my grandparents. I was eight years old and missing my father so m...

Bike tours still closed for winter break until Feb 18th incl.

2017 season begin on Feb 19th at 10:00 with a very revitalized City tour.

Your tour bookings will be answered during my winter break but you need patience as I am traveling in the USA. Its time for relax and time out, so confirmation of booking requests might take a little while before getting back to you. But don't worry, every little thing is gonna be all right. No need for panic attacks. Thank you for understanding.

Presently I am in Philadelphia, City of Brotherly Love. My favorite USA city. Unpretentious and with a big heart. In Philly I met up with Kelly who came on my Copenhagen bike tour five years ago. Kelly is also a reason to why Philly is my no. one American town.

cheers from a highly spirited Bikemike.
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Hi Mike - I used your website to book 2nd April tour. Will I get a reply email? Just checking my booking reached you? ... See MoreSee Less