The Latest News - From the horses mouth:
# Bike tours 2013 season untill January 4th 2014
# See/check "Tours Today - Calendar" for overview & latest updates
# City bike tour starts at 10:30 daily except Tuesdays
# Meeting time is 10:30 when shopdoor open
# Dress warmly for the outdoor experience
# If all day rain, the bike tour is cancelled
# Check weather on morning of touring here:
Welcome to Bike Copenhagen with Mike's urban bike tours
Bike Mike, the biking ugly duckling, that’s me. With edge and attitude reflecting my imperfection and political incorrectness, I do adventurous urban bike tours in my hometown Copenhagen. I love Copenhagen. A bicycle is first thing I remember from my early childhood. For many of my teen-years I delivered newspapers to Copenhageners on my bike when they all were asleep. I know Copenhagen well: from the gutters to the Royal Palace. On my bike tours I share my stories about life in Copenhagen and Denmark. My bike tours are about: discovering Copenhagen from the perspective of a riding on a bicycle. Through Copenhagen’s many worlds and green, clean environment. Please spend a few minutes to read what you need to know about Bike Mike tours before signing up, so we all enjoy the spirit of Bike Copenhagen with Mike – ride on…
Bike Mike - Copenhagen's biking ugly duckling, here squeezed gently by two biking medical researchers: Jean Ha of South Korea doing aging and Saioa from Spain's Basque region researching cancer. Bike Mike Favorites - Country: Denmark, California & United States of America. Cities: Singapore, San Francisco, Paris, Kyoto, Jerusalem, Kathmandu & Copenhagen. Place: Bali, Tongariro Ntl. Park, New Zealand & Tisvildeleje, Denmark. Food: Danish open sandwiches, Japanese & Singapore street kitchen. Fruit: Watermelon, strawberries. Music: Bruce Springsteen. Film: One Flew over the Coockoes' Nest & Brokeback Mountain. Person: Nelson Mandela. Like: Love & light, food, travel, spirituality, history, politics & time together with my girlfriend's. Dislike: Danish creamy brown gravy & the western gravy train...
Raw, authentic street soul
My bike tours goes all over town, covers high life and low life, it’s all part of what makes up Copenhagen in my world. You can expect to cycle on bike lanes rubbing shoulders with locals who are in a hurry and who shows too little consideration towards visitors, cycling across the square of the Royal Palace, riding up on curbs in the dark side of town, slalom cycling slowly through the myriads of straits and courtyards in the medieval town, balancing your bike on the edge of the harbor, passing right by the Prime Ministers working office on your bike – Bike Mike tours are raw, authentic street soul and I expect you can ride a bicycle and handle yourself in an urban environment and keep calm when situations require so. Part of the adventure is the unexpected – and you can always expect the unexpected on Bike Mike tours. Ride on…
When we bike Copenhagen does all the talking…
Heart blood philosophy on all Bike Mike tours is: When we bike Copenhagen does all the talking, when we stop we do the talking. What does it mean? It means that when we cycle through Copenhagen between stops you are encouraged to calm the monkey mind, open all your senses: see, listen, feel, hear, smell Copenhagen around you. It’s beautiful to cycle and feel the city. The choice is yours if you want to keep chatting or feel the city when cycling, but I never do any verbal guidance or talking between stops on my bike tours. No exceptions. Ride on…
Storytelling is Bike Mike’s way of guidance
When the tour makes a stop stories about Copenhagen and Denmark’s past and presence will be told. The verbal guidance on all Bike Mike tours is storytelling more than classic guidance of pointing out that this is this and this is that. The Copenhagen City bike tour has about ten stops. The stories told cover the city’s history from founded on Castle Island right until modern day where women have taken control of old Denmark in democratic times. So when the bike tour stops, Bike Mike will be away doing his storytelling without any interruption from guests – and then when done time is for questions/comments. That’s the Bike Mike way of guidance and that’s the way working on all Bike Mike tours. Famous Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard said: Subjectivity is truth. My stories are based upon how I see/experience life in Denmark at home and little Denmark in the big world. Ride on…
All bike tours start and finish at Bike Mike shop in 47 Sankt Peders Stræde, 1453 København (Copenhagen) K – the heart of the Latin Quarter only minutes walking from Town Hall Square. “Tours today – calendar” on my website has the latest updates on tours and complete overview of bike tours for the year. Booking required for all Evening and Green City bike tours and recommended for the City bike tour. Safety on tour is paramount: every bike tour begins with an intro of how the bike works and guidelines of how to bike safe on Copenhagen streets. I expect guests look well after the bicycle while on tour. I practice zero tolerance for any mistreatment of the bicycle. All Bike Mike tours require that you can ride a bike. My bike tours are bike tours; I don’t run a bike learning school. You cycle the tours at your own responsibility. All bike tours have listed a cruising speed between stops i.e. the City bike tour travels at 15 km per hour between stops, it’s considered slow moving. All adults without serious health issues can comfortably do 15 km per hour, if you won’t you’re on the wrong tour. My bike tours are organic: timing might for many unmanageable reason see the tour arrive home a little later than scheduled, if you travel on tight timing, please consider another tour option, thanks. Children from 14 years are welcome on the bike tours. Payment is cash only in dkk, euro or usd. All open bike tours follow the guidelines listed here.
Bike Mike “takes no shit” bike tours…
I am always trying my best to make the bike tours a great experience. I definitely have my strengths when cycling the high and low roads of Copenhagen. You can expect a good bike tour experience when joining my Copenhagen bike tours. Make sure for your part that you come prepared knowing the ins and outs for your tour as outlined on my website. That’s your share of the good experience. If you try to change the rules of the tour you might find yourself cycling on: Bike Mike “takes no shit” bike tours – as a guest said in a complimentary way the other day, as a mother to a few children tried to turn the tour into a private experience just suiting needs of their family. As the old saying goes: …takes two to a great tango!
Bike Mike's Copenhagen tours all depart and return to:
Bike Mike Tours
47 Sankt Peders Stræde
which is situated conveniently in Copenhagen central's vibrant Latin Quarter. Sankt Peders Stræde is one of Copenhagen's historically most beautiful streets with a unique feel of the medieval town of Copenhagen - and its here you find the biking ugly duckling..
How to get to Bike Mike Tours base in Sankt Peders Stræde:
If you stay in the city, time to walk to Bike Mike base is - from:
- Town Hall Square: less than five minutes
- Tivoli Garden: five minutes
- Tourist Information Office: five minutes
- Main Hotel District next to Main Train Station: ten minutes
- Nyhavn: twentyfive minutes
Its advisable to book your tour in advance. Please use the booking system on website for your booking(s).
Remember to leave a correct email address on the booking form, otherwise your booking can't be confirmed.
Certain bike tours require booking, check your tour(s) for details. Phone booking / sms textmessage is an option too, contact Bike Mike on +45 26395688, using phone if no answer, please leave your details on answering facility. Majority of booking requests will be confirmed within 24 hours. Be aware that Bike Mike is a one man band company, strength is on the bike, weakness is customer service.
Arrival for the bike tour
Meeting time for the bike tours is respectively 10:30, 14:30 or 19:00. No need to arrive earlier. If you arrive early why not take a stroll up and down Sankt Peders Stræde, one of Copenhagen's most beautiful historic streets. Interesting shops to in the street i.e. right across from Bike Mike you find the legenday *Sogreni" bicycle shop, have a look at his own designed bells, they are unique in design and make up for a special, long lasting gift from Copenhagen. Further up the road you find the temptations of the "Dessertdragon" and her many tasty cakes. I love the "rasperry slice" for just 20 dkk. Or keep walking the few meters further and you find the oldest bakery in the city, their pastries has fine reputation, the smell of sweet pastries or freshly baked rolls is wonderful inside Sankt Peders bakery. Right next door Sankt Peders Cafe offer good coffee or tea.
Bicycles are strong, classic three gear City bikes. Very reliable, bikeable for all and easy to handle. Options available for bike with a basket attached to handle bar if you carry bags etc. Bicycles always comes with hard pumped tires, fitted with hand brake and pedal brake, adjustable saddle height with quick release handle. Saddle position and handle bar position is not adjustable. If it doesn't fit 100% you'll have to do with the fit available, nearly always close to 100%. The bicycles are strictly only suitable for people up to max. 110 kgs. Please treat your bike as if it was your own property.
The Bike Mike tour bicycles
No secret, Danish skies can be a challenge, however spring and summer period is often with no or little rain in the form of light, short showers. The morning City Tour goes out independent of weather. All other tours too go out except if hard, full day rain. Check the Calendar bottom left on website for tour updates if in doubt.
Payment is after arriving home to Bike Mike base and always cash only. DKK, Euro and USD currency accepted. ATM machine nearby. For groups payment can be arranged via bank transfer, if so always in advance. Group cash payment is prior to departure on day of touring.
Do you like fresh air? Do you appreciate a clean environment? Do you believe in looking after mother Earth? I do. Choosing to discover Copenhagen by bike is also your contribution to the environment. One of my favorite features about my hometown Copenhagen is the relatively fresh air I can breathe without leaving the city. I always notice this when I return from overseas. The many, many thousands of Copenhageners choosing to commute daily by bike also contribute to better the environment. If you choose to commute around town in a car your lifestyle leave behind 12 t of carbon dioxide per year. But if you replace the car with a bicycle your lifestyle only leave 2 t carbon dioxide footprints. The bike is the way to go - also when looking after our beautiful world.
Bike Mike Copenhagen to-do Recommendations
Seeking info for where to have lunch or dinner after the bike tour, try to check Bike Mike's Copenhagen to do here on the website for recommendations. From the 2013 season a free of charge brochure with Bike Mike's favorite places to dine and see and do will be available upon concluding the bike tour.
A simple philosophy - making the experience unique
Fifty years ago there was one version of Denmark's history. Today there are as many versions as people living in Denmark: 5.6 million. I tell my stories based upon my readings, understandings, perspective and personal life experience. The following is how I see my country:
About Denmark, the tiny country where Copenhagen is capital
- as seen by Bike Mike - Copenhagen's biking ugly duckling
"We never see reality, we only see what our own mind wants us to see"
- buddhist belief.
When I see my country from faraway, I can't stop thinking of what Denmark has done for me. Back in the 1970s I travelled the world for two years backpacking, hitchhiking and sleeping in parks, on train stations and in peoples homes who picked me up along the byways of the world. I always wondered back then why none of the many fellow travelers I was crossing path with never came from the same low socioeconomic background as myself. They all seemed to have comfortable, steady backgrounds. Today I learnt why. And this is Denmark in a nutshell to me. A place which is truly home to all her citizens and take well care of all basics for good living, despite where we come from in life, through universal healthcare, education and retirement policies. The more I travel, the more I love and respect my country.
I am proud of Denmark's humanitarian record in todays world, we are one of the top most generous people towards others than ourselves on the planet. Its brave and courageous for such a small country to challenge the big, strong boys with our striving for green technology. Today 33% of Denmark's economy is classified as green. 40% of our electricity comes from wind turbines. Copenhagen has fresh air to breathe despite the metropolitan area is home to nearly two million people, hundreds of thousands of cars and industries in plenty. The environmental issues are taken serious in Denmark. Our history saw us as a large Nordic empire hundreds of years ago however we have shrunk 15 times in size to what makes up our tiny island nation today. Today our old foe's the Germans and the Swedes are our main export partners taking about 50% of Danish produced goods going across our borders. Water, water everywhere in Denmark, no wonder shipping and water technology is major contributors to our economy together with pharmaceuticals, bio-tech, sustainable energy including wind turbines production, design and the old trotting agriculture. We are 5.6 million Danes and around 40 million pigs. Despite lacking natural resources we still have a top of the order standard of living. Our educational sector is the nations engine room. We are good at generating wealth through our innovative approach and better than almost anyone to share it between us all through our re-distribution policies which also gives us a safe place to call home. Our strength is our force of togetherness we learn. Our politicians are champions in the skill of compromising: in more than 100 years our country has been governed by minority governments. In Denmark you can't govern unless you are capable of working together with your political opposition. Our politicians can be trusted though as we rate as one of the worlds least corrupt nations which might answer why many, not all, but a majority of Danes pay their high taxes without too much moaning. Denmark taste good either through our new Nordic cuisine gourmet kitchens or the delicate good old fashioned open faced Danish sandwiches served on home baked dark rye bread. HC Andersen, Kierkegaard and Grundtvig who said: "humanity first, christanity second" - all three Danish legends from our golden cultural age in first part of nineteenth century - can still inspire. Attention to detail and functionality and aesthetics is summed beautifully up in our design. Our weather qualifies for being the most inhospitable for human life on planet earth, nevertheless Danes often rates very high on happiness if you trust international surveys. Happy or not happy, I believe its fair to say many Danes feel very content with their lives. Maybe those feelings are influenced from our high alcohol consumption and we rate high too on the western wheel of never is enough enough and sinking plenty anti-depressants and viagra. Despite all, too myself Denmark is the place I call home. I only have to think of the fantastic journey through life I have been so privileged to enjoy and my heart spills over with gratitude to old mother Denmark and Danes who made it all happen long time before I was born. Thank you.
Bike Mike - the biking ugly duckling
written October 2012 at Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal