Video from Larry vs Harry – Bullit bikes

Love these bikes – nice video too if a bit heavy on the vignette


Another film in the series of portraits about Danish Cycling Pioneers from Bicycle Innovation Lab in Copenhagen.

Larry vs Harry – Lars Malmborg & Hans Bullitt Fogh are the designers of the iconic Bullitt cargo bike.

By Copenhagenize Design Co. –


Danish Cargo Bike Champs ….


Svajerløb 2012 – Danish Cargo Bike Championships

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Last Saturday was this year’s Svajerløb – Danish Cargo Bike Championships here in Copenhagen. The races were run at Carlsberg, like last year and it was fantastic day. Above are all the participants at the end of the day.
Svajerløb 2012 - Hans from Larry vs Harry
Hans, from Larry vs Harry, started the proceedings by welcoming everyone and then yours truly took over the mic as announcer.
Svajerløb 2012 - Italians
One of the best things about this year’s races was that we had so many people from abroad who made the trip to participate. Above is Francesco, who brought two of his Bicicapace bikes and his his family and he took part in the Individual Two-Wheeler race and the Team Relay.

There was also a wider selection of bike brands participating. Batak was there again this year and there were OmniumsLongjohns, Shortjohns, you name it.

Svajerløb 2012 - Specator Svajerløb 2012 -Spectator
Our kids were the best spectators, of course. Don’t let these quiet moments fool you.

Svajerløb 2012 - Team Relay Medallists
Here are the medallists of the Team Relay. Team Bullitt confidently defended their gold medal from 2011.
Svajerløb 2012 - Two Wheeler Champions
There was drama in the Individual Two-Wheeled discipline this year. The race went right to the wire. Jumbo from By-Expressen – a Copenhagen messenger company – took the honours on the top podium this year, dethroning the otherwise untouchable Claus Bullit (behind the beer bottle at left)
Svajerløb 2012 -The Two-Wheeler Final
Here is the line-up for the final. 12 bikes. Bullitts but also a short-john and an Omnium.
Svajerløb 2012 - Claus Bullitt
Claus Bullitt was first into the loading zone after the first lap.
Svajerløb 2012 -The Champion
It was Jumbo, however, who squeezed past him on the last stretch on his Omnium cargo bike.

Svajerløb 2012 - Ladies Champion
In the Ladies Individual Two-Wheeler final, Charlotte bettered her second-place from last year and took gold. Fanny from Klara Geist in Berlin took second and Hans’ wife, Signe, took third, but wasn’t present for the ceremony.
Svajerløb 2012 - Vintage Cargo Bike Champions
Here are the winners of the Vintage bike discipline – only old school cargo bikes allowed. The silver medallist, Trevor at left, is from Australia. Which makes him the Australian Champion, of course. Good onya.

Svajerløb 2012 - Fanny Svajerløb 2012 - Music
Fanny and Willi, from Berlin, provided the music and speaker system on their Bullitt, with one of their great Klara Geist speaker systems.
Svajerløb 2012 - 3Wheeler Medal Ceremony
Medal ceremony for the Three-Wheeler discipline. Leif dominated the field and walked away as Danish champion for the fourth year in a row on his Kangaroo. Somebody, please… give him some competition! Second and third place went to two Berliners on Christiania Bikes.

Svajerløb 2012 - Hans und Arne Svajerløb 2012 - 3Wheeler Medal Ceremony_1
Here they are at left – Hans and Arne – going for a practice spin. And here are the winners (at right). Leif got a medal, but we’re sure he’ll remember the Cyclelogistics cargo bike pencil holder even more.

Svajerløb 2012 - Lasse and Steve Svajerløb 2012 - Brandon
Steven from Grid Chicago – going for a ride with Lasse from Bicycle Innovation Lab – was in town for the event, together with Brandon, at right, dressed in true Svajere style for the day.
Svajerløb 2012 -Birte Svajerløb 2012 - Bride to Be
The audience darling, however, was Birthe. She was on a bachelorette outing with a group of girlfriends, being ridden around in a Christiania bike. They came past and entered the Team Relay with a team called Team Love. That’s the spirit! We enlisted the services of the bride-to-be during the medal ceremony, handing out the medals and cheek kisses to the winners.

Svajerløb 2012 - Bullitt Wheelie
This guy popped wheelies on his Bullitt like it was nothing. Riding back and forth on the back wheel. Only a handful of people on the planet can pull this off. God knows I’ve tried. Impressive.

See you all next year!

Cargo Bike Racing in Copenhagen

two great shots from HVID photographyat the Cargo Bike Championships follow him on twitter as well  @andershviid

Brooks Blog: Alright then, hands up. Who knows what a “Svajerløbet” is?

Of course, no one does.  Alright then, on with today’s post.

Beady bicycling eyes were trained on Copenhagen last week for more than just the latest offering from the man who has given innumerable cities the gift of Cycle Chic. The World Cycling Championships were underway there since Monday (well done Mr. Cavendish!) and if this wasn’t already enough, the third annual Danish Cargo Bike Championships or “Svajerløb” took place over the preceding weekend, curtain raiser to the fun and games on offer from the UCI.

A number of companies and volunteers are behind arranging the Svajerløb. It is a not for profit event and for all involved it is really a “con amore” affair, fueled by their passion for Copenhagen’s bicycle culture and cargo bikes. The idea to revive the historical Svajerløb started in 2009 when Erik Heinze ( and Hans Bullitt Fogh (LARRY VS HARRY) held the first modern version of the classic race. Together with Mikael Colville-Andersen and Søren Houen Schmidt, they form the nucleus of the team behind the Svajerløb.

This year’s course was located in the historic surrounds of venerable Danish brewing family Carlsberg’s Copenhagen facility where some of the junior category UCI events also took place on Sunday.

If the increasing number of cargo bikes seen on city streets are any indication, the builders of such machines seem to be enjoying a huge spike in sales. New developments in this corner of the trade have allowed builders to produce frames, which, while remaining a touch heavier than regular bikes, are not necessarily a chore to ride.

This is important, because the success of the cargo bike project lies in their ongoing and increasing visibility on city streets. Therefore, riding your weekly grocery shop home with one is great, but if you aren’t prepared to use it to pop back down the road for the pint of milk you forgot, then maybe all you really have is another specialty bike.

It seems though, that based on anecdotal evidence among new converts, the lightweight cargo bike does indeed quickly become the default machine in an owner’s stable and is here to stay.

Of course, if you’re transporting two kegs of beer, it’s probably not terribly important whether your bike weighs twenty kilos or twenty five.

So while for a short course, high-speed race there might well be an advantage to be gained from using a lightweight saddle, in the real world we are gratified to see that most disciples of the ladcykelhave a Brooks on top.

Meget god, as they doubtless say in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen part 5 of 5

Copenhagen: City of Cyclists, Part 5 of 5: A fine farewell to the great city of Copenhagen. For work or play, young or old, rain or shine, one of the very best cycling communities in the world. Thanks to the City of Copenhagen for bringing us this program. Learn more and plan a visit!

First is Leslie Reissner, enjoying springtime at the blooming of the cherry blossoms in Washington DC. We’ll visit with Leslie again in future programs. Then a rare find at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum – one of only five existing bicycles designed and built by the Wright Brothers shortly before their invention of the airplane!

Copenhagen Pt 4 of 5

Copenhagen: City of Cyclists, Part 4 of 5: We’re invited into the recreational cycling communities of Copenhagen. Kick back, relax and discover the City Bikes program, offering free use of bicycles for locals and tourists alike. For both work and play, this is one amazingly well-considered cycling city.

First up is a quick hello from Andréa White, Executive Director of, a program which designs and operates cycling facilities at urban transportation hubs across the country and internationally. And then a fascinating comment on the relation of bicycles and computers from Apple, Inc. founder Steve Jobs. This excellent 60-minute film about the research possibilities at the Library of Congress is available from

Copenhagen Pt 3 of 5


Copenhagen: City of Cyclists, Part 3 of 5: We’re headed downtown to mix it up with traffic in Copenhagen. Get a good look at not only the green cycle routes across the city, but also the curb-protected roadside “cycle tracks”, the blue-painted intersection pavement guides, and bicycle-specific traffic lights. What an amazing mix they’ve accomplished, with not only a third of their commuting population bicycling in each day, but in a system so well thought out that kids and families ride through the city right along with them.

But first, saying a big hello is Bill Mould, Chief Mechanic of Spokes Etc in Alexandria, Virginia. We’ll be visiting Bill soon for some helpful coaching to keep your bike spinning strong

Copenhagen Pt 2 of 5

Copenhagen: City of Cyclists, Part 2 of 5: We meet some of the 100,000 cyclists who’ve made bicycle commuting a part of their daily lives. You’ll also get a sneak peek at a future program from John Urman in Georgetown, Washington DC. Keep an eye out for future greetings from cyclists from every side of life and around the globe

Copenhagen by a billion bikes YouTube Pt 1of5

Copenhagen: City of Cyclists, Part 1 of 5: Our very first episode of A Billion Bikes, takes us to the Danish city of Copenhagen, which has one of the most advanced urban bicycling communities in the world. A full third of their city workforce commutes by bicycle! This is an excellent 5-part program of weekly episodes. But first, a brief hello from Tour de France champion Floyd Landis, and a fun open.

Cycling: the revolution in London

Just back from a long weekend in London and although not on a pilgrimage to anything relating to cycling I was noticing cycling things at every turn.


I lived in London for 5 years from 1995 – 2000 and cycling then was much more of a survivable occupation to experience and learn from. I learnt that SPD cleats on the shoes were useful not only for the transference of power but more importantly as a retaliatory weapon for the taxis that screamed inches past you and then jutted up right against the curbs to stop you passing them again. A foot angled outwards was great for rubbing against the paintwork all down the side of the car ….
Fast forward 12 years and things have changed. I am not sure what the catalyst for mass change has been, there have been a few mentioned but it is likely they they have all contributed in some ways to the mass adoption I have witnessed.

I think these are some of the bigger influences.

  • Infrastructure Investment – ok this is the biggie. Ken Livingstone and now barmy boris have been in charge and during their fiefdoms a massive £?m has been invested in cycling infrastructure whether it was canal paths, dedicated cycle lanes or barriers that are cycle and not car friendly. All give the user the feeling that they are regarded as separate transport and are being invested in.
  • Ken again made a change that has benefitted cycling. The congestion charge introduced into the capital in 2003 was slammed by the motorists and their organisations but overnight Londoners opted for public transport and quite often their bikes.
  • Cycle to work scheme (Cyclescheme and other incentives) – Although this was introduced in 2005 it has reduced the expense of setting up and made both employee and employer focus on bike transport. Suddenly the shops were full of people looking at sub £1000 bikes.
  • Boris bikes or barclay bikes rentals are now everywhere. I think this has a combined effect of both being in the public eye and also as a clever scheme to encourage cycling for a shorter trip. The beauty of the scheme for me is the fact that they are perfect for one way hires – going across town to a pub with no worries about leaving the bike or being a victim of thieves and your pride and joy disappearing whilst you are with friends. In a city like London where space is at a premium, tourism a large draw and where theft is higher this really taps into a perfect sense of place.
  • There has been a shift in recent years away from tv and couch potato lifestyles as people realised that the Atkins diet was of less help in their struggle against a paunch than merely getting off their growing arses and doing some exercise.
  • Lastly I think that the terrorist attacks on the underground and on the bus in 2005 forced commuters to look again at a form of transport that was free and didn’t involve crowds or congestion.

So who cycles in London these days? The short answer is everyone although there is a group of 30-50 year olds who are definitely out of practice and are a bit fearful of traffic in the capital.


Glasgow and most other big cities need to take a good hard look at cities like London and those abroad like Copenhagen and new York where cycling is being properly encouraged and planned instead of being just a thing to tick in grant and funding applications. They need people in place who cycle themselves, who understand the needs and fears of cyclist and who have the financial back up to make it happen.


Dear Urban Cyclists: Go Play in Traffic – by PJ O’ROURKE

place tongue in cheek now


‘Although the technology necessary to build a bicycle has been around since ancient Egypt, bikes didn’t appear until the 19th century. The reason it took mankind 5,000 years to get the idea for the bicycle is that it was a bad idea.’


A fibrosis of bicycle lanes is spreading through the cities of the world. The well-being of innocent motorists is threatened as traffic passageways are choked by the spread of dull whirs, sharp whistles and sanctimonious pedal-pushing. Bike lanes have appeared in all the predictable places—Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berkeley and Palo Alto. But the incidence of bike lanes is also on the rise in unlikely locales such as slush-covered Boston, rain-drenched Vancouver, frozen Montreal and Bogotá, Colombia (where, perhaps, bicycles have been given the traffic lanes previously reserved for drug mules). Even Dublin, Ireland, has had portions of its streets set aside for bicycles only—surely unnecessary in a country where everyone’s car has been repossessed. Then there is the notorious case of New York City. Not long ago the only people who braved New York on bicycles were maniacal bike messengers and children heeding an abusive parent’s command to “go play in traffic.” Now New York has 670 miles of bike lanes—rather more than it has miles of decently paved streets. The proliferation of New York’s bike lanes is the work of the city’s indomitable transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-(Genghis)-Khan. Her department has a horde of 4,500 employees and a budget nearing a billion dollars. The transportation commissioner’s job is—judging by rush-hour cab and subway rides and last December’s blizzard—to prevent the transportation of anybody or anything to anywhere in New York. Bicycles are the perfect way to go nowhere while carrying nothing. The bicycle is a parody of a wheeled vehicle—a donkey cart without the cart, where you do the work of the donkey. Although the technology necessary to build a bicycle has been around since ancient Egypt, bikes didn’t appear until the 19th century. The reason it took mankind 5,000 years to get the idea for the bicycle is that it was a bad idea. The bicycle is the only method of conveyance worse than feet. You can walk up three flights of stairs carrying one end of a sofa. Try that on a bicycle. Almost everything that travels on a city street, including some of the larger people in the crosswalks, can crush a bicycle. Everything that protrudes from or into a city street—pot holes, pavement cracks, manhole covers—can send a bicycle flying into the air.

When the president of the United States goes somewhere in Washington, does he ride an armored bicycle? Given that riding a bike in a city is insane and that very few cities need more insane people on their streets, why the profusion of urban bike lanes? One excuse for bike lanes is that an increase in bicycle riding means a decrease in traffic congestion. A visit to New York—or Bogotá—gives the lie to this notion. You can’t decrease traffic congestion by putting things in the way of traffic. Also, only a few bicycles are needed to take up as much space as my Chevrolet Suburban—just one if its rider is wobbling all over the place while trying to Tweet. And my Suburban seats eight. The answer to traffic congestion is lower taxes so that legions of baby boomers my age can afford to retire and stay home.

Bike lane advocates also claim that bicycles are environmentally friendly, producing less pollution and fewer carbon emissions than automobiles. But bicycle riders do a lot of huffing and puffing, exhaling large amounts of CO2. And whether a bicycle rider, after a long bicycle ride, is cleaner than the exhaust of a modern automobile is open to question. If drops in pollution and traffic congestion are wanted and if discomfort and inconvenience are the trade-offs, we should be packed into tiny circus clown cars. These fit neatly into bike lanes and provide more amusement to bystanders than bicycle wrecks. In fact, bike lanes don’t necessarily lessen car travel. A study by the U.K. Department for Transport found that the installation of “cycle facilities” in eight towns and cities resulted in no change in the number of people driving cars. Bike lanes don’t even necessarily increase bike riding. In the late 1980s and early 1990s the Dutch government spent $945 million on bicycle routes without any discernible effect on how many Dutch rode bicycles. “The bicycle is a parody of a wheeled vehicle—a donkey cart without the cart, where you do the work of the donkey.” But maybe there’s a darker side to bike-lane advocacy. Political activists of a certain ideological stripe want citizens to have a child-like dependence on government. And it’s impossible to feel like a grown-up when you’re on a bicycle if you aren’t in the Tour de France. All but the most athletic among us get on and off a bicycle the way a toddler goes up and down stairs. Wearing bicycle shorts in public is more embarrassing than wearing Depends. Exchanging briefcases for backpacks takes us from the boardroom to the schoolyard. And it’s hard to keep a straight face when talking to anyone in a Skittles-colored, Wiffle ball-slotted bike helmet that makes you look like Woody Woodpecker. Bike lanes must be intended to foster immaturity or New York would have chosen instead to create 670 miles of bridle paths. Being on horseback has adult gravitas. Search plazas, parks and city squares the world over and you won’t fine a single statue of a national hero riding a bike. This promotion of childishness in the electorate means that bike lanes are just the beginning. Soon we’ll be making room on our city streets for scooter and skateboard lanes, Soapbox Derby lanes, pogo-stick lanes, lanes for Radio Flyer wagons (actually more practical than bicycles since you can carry a case of beer—if we’re still allowed to drink beer), stilt lanes, three-legged-race lanes, lanes for skipping while playing the comb and wax paper, hopscotch lanes and Mother-May-I lanes with Mayor Bloomberg at the top of Lenox Hill shouting to the people on Park Avenue, “Take three baby steps!” A good, hard-played game of Mother-May-I will make us all more physically fit. Fitness being another reason given for cluttering our cities with bike lanes. But why is it so important that the public be fit? Fit for what? Are they planning to draft us into forced labor battalions? Bike lanes violate a fundamental principle of democracy. We, the majority who do not ride bicycles, are being forced to sacrifice our left turns, parking places and chances to squeeze by delivery trucks so that an affluent elite can feel good about itself for getting wet, cold, tired and run-over. Our tax dollars are being used to subsidize our annoyance. Bicycle riders must be made to bear the burden of this special-interest boondoggle. Bicycle registration fees should be raised until they produce enough revenue to build and maintain new expressways so that drivers can avoid city streets clogged by bike lanes. Special rubber fittings should be made available so that bicycle riders can wear E-ZPass transponders on their noses. And riders’ license qualifications should be rigorous, requiring not only written exams and road tests but also bathroom scales. No one is to be allowed on a bicycle if the view he or she presents from behind causes the kind of hysterical laughter that stops traffic. Bike lanes can become an acceptable part of the urban landscape, if bicycle riders are willing to pay their way. And if they pay enough, maybe we’ll even give them a lift during the next snow storm.

the fastest man messenger in town – fixie courier vid


Directed shot and cut by:
René Sascha Johannsen

Jimmie Jumbo Bargisen

Post sound:
Kim G Hansen

Rune Geertsen

Thank you:
Track Bike Shop Copenhagen

DR Pirat TV 2010