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

contact

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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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Danish Company Registration: SE/CVR 32623875 Bank: Danske Bank

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"Grundlæggende rejser du jo ud for at møde dig selv. For du kan ikke forstå det, du kommer fra, det, du tager for givet, før du møder noget, der er radikalt anderledes." - Bjarke Ingels.

The words above are in Danish language, It's an interview with Danish architecht Bjarke Ingels. who has designed the new waste-to-energyplant with skislopes on the roof here in Copenhagen. He himself is a serious world traveler. Bjarke Ingels says:

Basically one travel to meet oneself. Because you can't understand what you come from, what you take for granted, before you see and meet something radical differently.

I agree. Thats also why I travel. Well said.

Have you ever wondered why you travel?"Grundlæggende rejser du jo ud for at møde dig selv. For du kan ikke forstå det, du kommer fra, det, du tager for givet, før du møder noget, der er radikalt anderledes."

For den danske stjernearkitekt Bjarke Ingels er rejserne ud og hjem en central del af hans voksenliv og dannelse. Som menneske. Og som arkitekt.

Det startede i 1990'erne. Dengang boede Bjarke Ingels på Egmontkollegiet i København, på nabogangen til Børsens udsendte. Vi mødtes første gang, da den tegneserieinteresserede nordsjællænder trådte ind på kollegiekøkkenet, satte sig ved spisebordet af brune spånplader og sitrende af inspiration fortalte om, hvordan et år på arkitektskolen i Barcelona havde ændret hans verdensopfattelse.

"Det var den første transformation. Jeg talte ikke spansk i forvejen, så det måtte jeg lære. For jeg skulle jo studere og reflektere på spansk. Gennem "at bygge sproget" mens jeg lærte det, og gennem det, at jeg boede sammen med en chilener, to franskmænd og en schweizer, opdagede jeg, at verdens værdier og problemer kunne forstås på en helt anden måde, end jeg hidtil havde gjort," husker han.

Næste gang, han kom hjem til Egmontkollegiets køkken, havde han et næsten afklaret blik. Oprindeligt havde han mest var søgt ind på arkitektskolen i København, fordi han ikke vidste, hvad han ellers skulle, og tænkte, at han på skolen kunne blive bedre til at tegne baggrunde til sine tegneserier. Men dér, efter seks måneder på hollandske Rem Kolhaas' tegnestue i Rotterdam, vidste han, hvorfor han skulle være arkitekt. For i arkitekturen lå en nøgle til at formulere idéer, der kunne forandre verden. Og en altopslugende tilgang til arbejdet.

Bjarke Ingels sender et af sine hyppige grin ud over bordet.

"Jeg dukkede op på arbejde hos Rem Koolhaas den første dag og endte med først at komme hjem igen kl. 10 næste morgen. I chok. Selvom jeg var en committed type, var det langt ud over min socialdemokratiske lønmodtagerholdning til, hvordan en almindelig arbejdsdag kunne se ud. Men lige som med sport, træner man sig jo op til at kunne klare det."

Der er skrevet meget om Bjarke Ingels succeser, som der også har været mange af. Men der har også været projekter, der aldrig blev til noget. Og heldigvis for det, for de er med til at holde arkitekten til ilden. Efter syv år i New York, hvor Ingels har været med til at tegne Manhattans skyline, vender han nu hjem med en ambition om at forme København.

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Home, safe and smiling. Season 2017 is done. British/Irish surgeons last guests today January 11th 2018. Fine people make great bike tours. Thank you for another wonderful season. Now I will be a traveling man myself for weeks to come. To Jerusalem and back. 2018 season commence mid-February 👍🙏🏻🚲🚲🚲🇬🇧🇮🇪🇩🇰🚲🚲🚲❤️❤️❤️😜 ... See MoreSee Less