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 16 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, politics, geography, history, 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: 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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3 days ago

Bike Copenhagen with Mike

Another bike tour, a memorable one due to great spirit from great Americans🙏🏻 What would I do without the great USofA🚲🚲❤️❤️🇺🇸🇩🇰🙏🏻👍 ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

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90 years of marriage. 30 years for each beautiful couple. Celebrated on streets of Copenhagen on tour with bikemike. Look how love is pouring from them all ❤️ From Buenos Aires to old Copenhagen. Beautiful 🙏🏻🚲🚲🚲❤️❤️❤️🇦🇷🇩🇰👍😜 ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Bike Copenhagen with Mike

“Copenhagen is a great city and we know, because we come from too. We feel home here in Copenhagen”.
So was the final comment from Ross & John from radio 3AW in Melbourne. They broadcast their morning programme to Melbounians this week from Copenhagen. I had the honour of taking Ross & John and their crew on a bike tour and later be guest on their show. I enjoyed their company so much. Copenhagen will miss them. Here is a small video clip from their experience cycling a Sunday morning in Copenhagen 👍🚲❤️🇦🇺🇩🇰😂👏

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"They were fantastic. True Aussie champions."

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

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The other day our Copenhagen bike tour cycled in to Denmarks Prime Minister, who also was out cycling. And took time out to chat with guests from around the world. Denmarks low power distance displayed in action 👍🚲🚲❤️🇩🇰😜 ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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👍❤️🇩🇰🚲🚲😜How many generations will it take for children from low-income families to reach the average income in their country? Explore the chart, then read + on how to promote #SocialMobility ➡ oe.cd/social-mobility-2018 ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

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With Kevin from Mauritius after Bike Copenhagen with Mike tour - more than a bike tour, bike tour with content 👍🚲😜 ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

Bike Copenhagen with Mike

Copenhagen, one bike tour, 16 guests, 5 continents, the unifying force of cycling - it’s the spirit of Bike Copenhagen with Mike 🚲🚲❤️❤️👍

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4 months ago

Bike Copenhagen with Mike

73 years ago on this very day, May 4th, the second world war ended and Denmark was again a free country. Tonight Danes met around the country to remember the fallen ones and the glorious evening in 1945 when freedom returned. In Denmark we sing together when we remember, when we celebrate. Like this song on the short clip. A beautiful one about the suffering but also hope and joy when Denmark again could enjoy freedom. Thank you to the men and women who paid with their life for I today can love a free Denmark 🙏🏻❤️🇩🇰

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4 months ago

Hi Mike! I have just tried to email you and beg for a spot on one of your bike tours in a few weeks. I tried the email address but it returned the email saying the email address doesn’t exist 😳. How can I book us a place on your tours? Thanks Sophie ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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🚲🚲 a bicycle tour is a great meditative experience and good at bridge building between people like Margaret from Connecticut and old bikemike 👍🇺🇸🇩🇰❤️🙏🏻🚲🚲

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