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    Scandinavian biking

    Hi everyone!
    Although this forum is mainly american, I have noticed that I'm not the only Scandinavian around here. So I thought... why not get some space of our own? Therefore I started this thread, hoping to gather all scandinavians here on the forum. The subject is (as the title encourages) scandinavian biking, which means that you can discuss almost anything bike-related.
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    Where are you located? I'm in Stavanger... I've seen a few others in both road and the mountain forums.

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    I'm located in Gothenburg. What kind of biking are you up to in Stavanger? For my part, it's mostly commuting, getting to places and just pleasure rides, but I'm thinking maybe begin some serious road biking!

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    I'm not Scandinavian, but I play one on bikeforums. I'm an expat American roadie (with Swedish ancestry), who lives in Odense and does a bit of everything: commuting, touring club rides, organized rides, some racing.

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    My situation is similar to Pedaleur, American expat living in Denmark. I'm right in the Storkøbenhavn area and started road cycling mid-March, but have been commuting since I moved here two years ago. If any of you are ever in the area, drop me a PM and hopefully we could meet up for coffee or a ride

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    I'm from Reykjavik, Iceland. I was born in Sweden but didn't get to enjoy living there for long enough to remember it.

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    How's the weather where you guys are? Here in Denmark we're finally seeing blue skies more often than grey, but it has yet to warm up substantially and most days are in the 9 degree range

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    Hi, I'm Juha, I'm Scandinavian by some definitions, and I'm late to this party!

    An aspiring year-round commuter in Helsinki, Finland. "Aspiring" because I have not yet managed to consistently commute by bike right through the winter. If nothing else, I've developed a prolonged cold, that one kept me off work for more than a week, and off bike for nearly a month. But one of these winters...

    My cycling is of the utilitarian kind, my bike is my primary means of transportation. I've got two hybrid Nishikis, the older serves as a dedicated winter bike with studded tyres, dynohub and "upgraded" friction shifters. The newer one is my "van", it's heavy with front and rear racks, Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires and whatnot. I'm looking for a lighter bike with road type handlebars, for light touring in fair weather.

    For us, it seems weather is finally warming up, forecasts up to +16C later this week. Right now it's still foggy, occasional showers and maybe +9C.

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    I´m signing on. Swedish. Mainly a roadie. Have a little herd of different Monark. Did some riding in Denmark this summer, plans to do it again a bit more extensive.
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    Might as well show my face here too.
    I'm a soon to be expat to Rauma, Finland. The bike will be traveling with me, though I'm not sure how much (outdoor) riding I'll be doing before March.

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    How´s winter riding? I´ve been hiding from this King Bore icetime... I´m hating it more each year!
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    Oslo is very very cold and I hope for sligthly warmer weather this weekend. Probably try my skis for the first time on sunday. I hope to keep biking through the winter and hopefully go for some longer rides on forrestroads on saturdays and sundays. My main cycling goal for 2011 is PBP so I need a lot of long rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plodderslusk View Post
    Oslo is very very cold and I hope for sligthly warmer weather this weekend. Probably try my skis for the first time on sunday. I hope to keep biking through the winter and hopefully go for some longer rides on forrestroads on saturdays and sundays. My main cycling goal for 2011 is PBP so I need a lot of long rides.
    Last weekend I went to Oslo and visit my daughter working there. I´ve forgot HOW different Norway is to Sweden - everything is really expensive! Anyway, it seemed a bit "warmer" in Oslo, but on my way home (sunday) there came tons of snow. Now we have to deal with that...
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    Another Swede

    Commuting in and around Stockholm, doing brevets and touring when the white stuff is gone.

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    Where are all the Danes!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmschmie View Post
    Might as well show my face here too.
    I'm a soon to be expat to Rauma, Finland. The bike will be traveling with me, though I'm not sure how much (outdoor) riding I'll be doing before March.
    Working at the new OL3 nuclear power plant by any chance? Welcome, and give winter riding a shot, it's fun. You might benefit from studded tyres, but Nokians are readily available here at nearly any supermarket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urthwhyte View Post
    Where are all the Danes!?
    They're out there, riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juha View Post
    They're out there, riding.
    Well, not so much this winter... ;-)

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    Got myself a trainer as christmas present. By the looks of this winter, it´ll be helpful ´til May!!!
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    I got a little sad now. After a couple if days with really nice weather it just started snowing here in Gothenburg again... I want real spring weather! Now!

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    Well, I'm a Swedish non biker for the moment. Although my goal is to make some money this summer so that I can buy myself a nice little folder. Then I will be some kind of biker.

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    P4162468.jpgthe commuterP4232635.jpg1999 MonarkP8251181.jpg1973 MonarkPC262179.jpgA reminder of how it was
    But NOW my fave bikes run around the rural backyards of my hometown! And the commuting has been extremely good since the snow melt. I´ve done one sportive and waiting for the Halvvättern. May summer be loooong!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juha View Post
    Hi, I'm Juha, I'm Scandinavian by some definitions, and I'm late to this party!

    An aspiring year-round commuter in Helsinki, Finland. "Aspiring" because I have not yet managed to consistently commute by bike right through the winter. If nothing else, I've developed a prolonged cold, that one kept me off work for more than a week, and off bike for nearly a month. But one of these winters...

    My cycling is of the utilitarian kind, my bike is my primary means of transportation.
    Ditto here. All of it except the name (which isn't Juha).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juha View Post
    They're out there, riding.
    I just spent two weeks in Finland, Sweden, and Denmark.. That's the truth.. The bike paths of Stockholm were amazing. As popular as was cycling in Scandinavia , I still have the impression Holland is the capital of cycling in terms of bike participation per capita.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urthwhyte View Post
    Where are all the Danes!?
    Here! On paper I'm a Dane, though I still call myself Icelandic.

    I don't own a bike at the moment. I gave my old city bike away last month to a friend that needed to borrow a bike temporarily for a couchsurfer. I told him to keep it or trash it after his couchsurfer had used it as it's most likely a safety hazard now.... looking for a new bike to buy for when I get back from my semester in Finland this fall, and have my eyes set on a Yosemite Panorama that I hope will serve me well both for commuting and touring.

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