Scandinavia and the World

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Bike it off 26 6, 12:01pm

@Finn123 At least where I live in the U.S., you have to be CRAZY fit to ride your bike anywhere. Not only are there steep hills pretty much everywhere, but because everyone is used to getting around by car (or transit, in bigger cities), things are farther apart than in much of the world. My nearest grocery store is several miles away and there's no way in hell I could bike up all the hills between my house and the store. I work 21 miles (~37km) from home. You have to be pretty crazy here to commute by bike unless you live somewhere flat and densely developed. ^^

In college I tried biking to class my first few weeks, but the combination of hills and heavy books made it impossible! And I'm...average in terms of fitness, I'd say.