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How to use a bike

When I moved to England I noticed a lot of differences from Denmark. When I moved back to Denmark I noticed even more. One being that "cyclist" means different things.

In Denmark a cyclist just means a person on a bike (and most Danes are cyclists), but in England it's mostly used about people who are really really REALLY into bikes.

27th May 2014

Tagged in England Denmark Iceland

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17 M
22 days ago #9354565        

I'll remember to keep my eyes wide open when I go to Danmark

2 months ago #9345192        

And here comes I, who has never been able to cycle more than a few centimetres without any external help.

2 months ago #9343877        

They should add that to the Olympics, outrunning a Danish cyclist. Iceland could introduce it as the new extreme sport. Lol

3 months ago #9333180        

In Seattle, being a cyclist is "20 miles (32 km) uphill both ways and a boat ride to work? No problem - I GOT MA 'CYCLE."


3 months ago #9332033        

@whale21 Yeah, easily. Being Dutch means you're practically born on a bicycle, so most of us have become very good at doing other things while riding their bikes, just like @mcv says. Many of us can even ride a bike without using their hands (for a little while, anyway)!

Of course, the Dutch traffic police is not too happy about this loose attitude...


3 months ago #9330358        

@whale21 Many Dutch people are remarkably adept at handling their phone while riding a bike laden with kids and groceries, although there are absolutely instances where I question their safety. Still, those people apparently manage to survive.

Here's a nice overview (from an American perspective) of how the Dutch use their bikes:

3 months ago #9329231        

Hey it's like a pianist I'm a pianist


21 M
3 months ago #9328344        

Denmark + Bicycle = Sucks to be Iceland


23 F
3 months ago #9328040        

I know this is an old post, but it just got very relevant for me, who have just started cycling in England after growing up cycling in Sweden. Everyone here hates cyclists! And everyone but me are in lycra! Help!


20 M
3 months ago #9326556        

@ADutchmanAml Really? I need both hands to properly control my bike, if I tried to check my phone while moving I'd probably eat it on the sidewalk.

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