Friday, April 25, 2008

Riding in Denmark.

It's always interesting reading about riding and cycle culture in different places around the world. I visited Cycle Chic today, a website from Denmark. They had written an entry entitled "18 ways to know you have bicycle culture." It's very cute, if that's the word.

Out of the eighteen points I found these the closest to describing my current life style.

2. If a car honks at you in traffic, you hardly notice. Instead it makes you think that it's been a while since you took your kids to the park to feed the ducks... Hmmm... maybe this Sunday?*
3. You think nothing of riding home in 35 degree heat, with your four year-old* on the bike seat, two bags of groceries dangling on your handlebars, talking to your partner on the phone about dinner - all the while heading up a steep hill and STILL being able to growl ”Stay on the right!” in three languages at the weaving, gasping tourists on their rental bikes whom you just flew past as though they were carved in stone.
7. When your bike breaks down and is in for repairs you take your other bike, or you take the train or bus. Even though your car is parked out front.
10. You have, at one time or another, checked to see if your clothes match your bike.
15. Your entire wardrobe can be classified as ”cycle wear”. Especially those stilettos from Christian Louboutin or your new double-breasted trenchcoast from Tiger of Sweden.
16. When the odd motorist cuts you off you fix him with an icy stare and shake your head in pity before riding off and forgetting the whole episode 50 metres farther down the bike lane.

* Not sure about the duck thing, and replace 'kids' with 'Elroy'.

And the things I wish were true:

9. The odd-person out in your circle of friends is the one who has never fallen off their bike while riding home drunk. You mock him/her regularly.

I wish this was true, but it's only me who rides to the pub!! (At least I think I rode home from Clwedd's last weekend, the bike was there when I awoke, I'd hate to know how wonky I must have been!!!)

18. It takes you over fifteen minutes to find your parked bike at the train station.

Wouldn't it be great if there were TOO MANY BIKES!!!