Back from Copenhagen
Hello Ben and Kipchoge and Roots,
I'm back from a great trip to Denmark. Somehow I find myself traveling
when love and bike lanes are both in the picture. Having the Xtracycle
connection added so much to my experience there. It gave me an "in" with a
different culture and excellent transportation while I was there. I
arrived in Copenhagen and met up with the XC rep Allan from the Danish
Cycling Federation. He set me up with a Kona Hahanna mtn bike/XC. It was
so much better than the bike I had managed to borrow. It had a seatpost
frozen 3" too low. Danes use bikes like a pair of shoes and the pair of
wheels I was borrowing was a bit worn out. Alan had the XC set up with
footsies and a stoker stem with narrow mtb bars to make it legal to carry a
passenger. I wonder if it is the same here in the US. In Oregon the law
says that riders must be on a seat specially designed to carry passengers.
I wonder if the Free Radical just with Footsies complies. Anyway, the
stoker stem was nice, I think I'm going to add one on to my XC in Oregon.
Copenhagen is a city of three million where one million drive, one walk or
take the bus and one million bike. On most roads in the city there are
separate bike lanes that are raised 2" from the auto lanes. The sidewalk is
raised a couple inches from the bike path. It is almost like there are 3
separate transportation systems, one road system for cars and one road
system for bikes, and facilities for pedestrians. All three shared space
often. In many places there are separate traffic signals for bikes, autos,
and pedestrians. I found that drivers were patient, respectful and tolerant
of cyclists. That changed at night with some Taxi drivers, but on the
whole I found drivers to be very watchful and cautious.
I borrowed the XC a week into my 3 week trip. I mostly rode it around the
city, except for a train and bike trip to the Northwest part of Sjælland,
the same island the Copenhagen is on. The XC was great. It carried most
of our gear and we switched off riding it to the tiny house place we stayed
at. We biked to the ocean to the west and the fjord to the east (the
fjords in Denmark are more like bays- different than the huge ones in
A number of years ago I tried to figure out how I could combine a
backpacking trip with a bike trip and avoid having another set of bags to
deal with. With the XC you don't need panniers, a full size backpack or
drybag works better- we had the backpack. I also like the new XC design,
the built in pockets are nice and the freeloader strap/tensioner keeps
loads from pushing into the spokes.
Traveling by train worked nicely. There is "always" room for bikes we were
assured by a conductor. There was a separate car with space to park the
bikes. It helped to get a hand in lifting the loaded rig onto the train and
I stood the bike up vertically in the elevator between platforms.
I visited at Sogreni (www.sogreni.dk) and at Nihola (www.nihola.com).
Nichola makes a couple of different tadpole workbikes, one of them has rear
So thanks. Sharing the love was a joy.
Rootsradical Eugene, OR
PS I'm sending a hardcopy of this in the mail along with pictures.
At 10:55 AM 10/30/01 +0200, you wrote:
>Hi Jason,Jason Agar
>I remember you and thanks again for the tea!
>I've heard that you're enjoying your xtracycle a lot. It's great for us to
>know that people like it and use it!
>Regarding Denmark and Copenhagen I went there in August. You can maybe visit
>the representent of our Danish distributor there. He uses is Xtracycle and
>I'm sure I will be happy to have someone telling him about the Xtracycle. He
>also knows some folks in bike shops, bike messenger company you could hang
>out with. I'm gonna ask him!
>There's an other company making beautiful bicycle you could visit it's
>> From: Jason Agar and Bicycle Education <jasona@...>
>> Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 18:43:59
>> To: ben@...
>> Subject: A trip to Copenhagen
>> Hello Ben,
>> We met in Eugene when you and Ross came through last fall. I ordered my
>> xtracycle from you guys between your visits to bike shops.
>> I am going to visit a friend in Copenhagen from 11/14- 12/5. During that
>> time I will have a chance to do some things in the city and occupy myself.
>> Are there some people I could meet up with and give an xtracycle
>> demonstration event for? I could put in 2 days of effort for something.
>> Kipchoge mentioned the Danish Cycling Club. I have been using my bike daily
>> for a year and hauling big loads/kayaks/bikes/hitchikers with it.
>> I'm travelling light on the trip over. I plan to borrow a bike there.
>> I thought of this because I like visiting places and being more than a
>> tourist. It helps me get more connected to the place I am visiting. Also,
>> it would be fun to meet xtracycle folks in Copenhagen.
>> Jason Agar
>> Bicycle Education and Awareness Program Coordinator
>> Bicycle Transportation Alliance
>> (541)338-2966, jasona@...
Bicycle Education and Awareness Program Coordinator
Bicycle Transportation Alliance