30 November 2010

Viking Biking - Cycling in a Snowstorm

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Boy oh boy. The weather took a turn for the worse the other day. Snowstorm rolled in, dumping 40-odd centimetres on the city. Nevertheless, there were many bicycles out and about. Welcome to Viking Biking. It's what we do. Still the quickest way around town.
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Sure, we prefer summer, but if you have to get there in Copenhagen, you can get there by bicycle. Rain or shine. Snow or sleet.
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17 comments:

ms.black said...

That's absolutely true. We had a snow disaster happening yesterday, people just left their closed cars as they were stuck in the middle of the street, city transport was down. My friend was to come for dinner - hopped on a bike and came with no problems, just a bit of delay on normal biking time.
Yay for bikes in winter! :)

Anonymous said...

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Will said...

These are great shots! Glad to see everyone is still out "enjoying" the weather on the bikes.

The title of the post also reminds me of a shirt I've seen.

Paul said...

We have similar weather over here in Glasgow (normally Scotland is a bit milder...) but I've not been brave enough to use my bike in it. It's been public transport all the way. Some hardy souls still out and about though :-)

Chris said...

This weather hit us today. Do you guys use studded tyres in the snow or do you just get on with it? I know, stupid question...but I have to ask.

the shy paparazzo said...

Brave people.
Great photos!

velojoy said...

Hats off to your hardiness! Come snow, I turn wimpy and board a train.

Anonymous said...

To Chris who asked about studdies. They don't really make a difference for snow. just good chunky tires will do. If all of that snow turns to ice, or slush which then freezes, then studdies are just great! And i'm writing from way up in Arctic Norway, where we have icy roads from September to May.

Vladimir 'vudu' Zlokazov said...

We've got about 50 cm of snow so far in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Quite unusual for this season. So it's rather difficult to get around on bicycle until the city plows the roads and sidewalks. But still I see some fellow cyclists every time I ride. Which is warming in -20C )))

Dottie said...

LOVE!

Anonymous said...

Record snow in Dublin beginning to think our bail out deal was done with The Wicked Witch of The North.
Still the people on the bikes seem least affected

Gina said...

This actually looks like fun. I've always wanted so see a real snow flake.

Karl Mottram said...

I was on my bike on Monday 29th Nov in morning. With about 30 feet of my journey to go i hit ice on a bend. Then hit the deck! Got a lovely graze on my thigh and knee. Bike has some cosmetic damage :( and my thermal bibs are ripped. :(

Still in one peice though.

Good luck to all your brave cyclists. Stay safe.

Mary Mac said...

very inspiring photos. I live in Canada where we have similar weather but next to no good cycling trails (in my city). These shots provide great example of what can happen in winter climates. I will keep checking out this blog on a regular basis. Love it!

wee folding bike said...

I've been using my two wheel drive Longstaff tricycle round Glasgow and north Lanarkshire.

Yesterday there was snow late in the morning which the traffic converted into ice. I was fine when I could find a space to get through but sometimes that involved using the wrong side of the road.

My trike doesn't fall over as a result of ice but I might fit some Marathon Winter spikes to improve the traction, braking and steering. It has 16 year old Conti TopTouring tyres on it which have a solid band in the centre and small chunks at the side. On a trike you don't use the sides because it doesn't lean so I'm almost using slicks.

LISBOY said...

CRAZY DANISH !

Anonymous said...

I love this post. It has inspired me--a true warm-weather Georgia/Texas boy--to grit my teeth and bear the chilly breezes I encounter here in S. Korea on my daily rides/walks to/fro my English teaching job.

The title is very resonant with me, too, because when Korean people say "biking" is sounds the same as when they say "viking"...both of them sound like "biking" :)

Sincerely,
A biking Biking (if muddled Swedish ancestry counts...)