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