I’m not your average walk-in-the-park tour guide. I’m a Dane who has been around the bloc a time or two. I was born and raised in Denmark and educated at the school of life while trail-blazing the path less travelled. I live and breathe my country’s history, politics and culture. I ride my bike daily, rain, snow or shine—this ritual has gotten me through hell and back during my lifetime.
In 2007 I ditched the rat-race to start Bike Copenhagen with Mike Tours and what a wild, rewarding ride it has been. In my experience, the path less travelled is rarely a shortcut. It’s a long, winding road with many hurdles along the way. Flat tires. Detours. Turbulence. Conversations with strangers. Forks in the road.
For me, the first of many meandering adventures began when I set off on a 6 month hitch-hiking journey which rolled into five years abroad in the blink of an eye. A new hunger stirred in my curious, wandering, 22 year old soul. I had found my calling in life: to travel the world and explore the great unknown for as many waking minutes as I walk the earth. I had been turned on to a whole world of possibility. In the wise words of Denmark’s very own Hans Christian Andersen: “To roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live”.
So off I went, into the great unknown, finding pieces of the puzzle wherever I roamed. This is the story of becoming Bikemike.
One dark, cold, whirlwind of a night in 1978 just before Xmas, I met a fellow Dane named Christen at his home away from home in San Francisco. He greeted me in our mother tongue with “come inside. Stay as long as you want, but only if you join me for a bike ride around the city. We leave in 10 minutes”. Filled with intrigue and an appetite for adventure, I followed Christen into that blustery San Francisco evening. We rode through the night, winding up and down the hills, exchanging endless stories—him from a long life full of experience, me, at the very beginning of my journey. Christen was a fountain of knowledge, charisma and clever wit. He was an explorer himself and a kindred spirit. He opened my eyes to how one can experience the heart and soul of a place armed with nothing but a bike and a curious mind. He made me see the importance of taking a look beneath the surface. That there’s so much more to places than can be printed on the pages of a travel guide. It takes something special to capture these things, to bring a place to life and empower others to do the same.
Our impromptu night tour set the slow and steady wheels of change in motion. I had found a dear friend, a mentor for life and the inspiration for my tours had materialised right in front of my (now) wide open eyes. This experience was reinforced many years later, on the most meaningful tour of my life, when I strapped my two year old son into the baby seat of my bike and cycled around Denmark. Just like my tour with Christen, my eyes were wide open once again. It was as if I was seeing every detail of my beautiful country for the very first time, through the eyes of my child.
Fast forward 45 years and here I am, not Michael, but Bikemike to most. I revel in every tour as if it was the very first. I’ve made it my life’s work to live, breathe and share my take on the Danish way of life: unscripted, uncut and authentic.
My home is on Christianshavn, the island in the old port of Copenhagen. I met my wife when working together on a Danish/Mongolian Government democracy project in Ulan Bator in post communist Mongolia.
We run a small zoo with three lovely pugs and my sulphur crested cockatoo, a long term stayer from time living in New Zealand. My passion is my lifelong following of the Canadian ice hockey team Montreal Canadiens, Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, travels and building on my art collection.
“In Denmark I was born, this is where I belong. From here my roots and world extend”
— H C Andersen
Not without the Bike since 1958 (got my first bike)
Email: b[email protected] – best way to get in contact with Bike Mike
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.
I will do my best to answer you asap. However I ask for your patience, as I am a one man band operation – thanks
Address for Bike Mike Tours Shop – meeting point for all Bike Copenhagen with Mike tours: Sankt Peders Stræde 47, 1453 Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish Company Registration: SE/CVR 32623875 Bank: Danske Bank