I always found going by bike one of the best ways to discover a city, next to shopping of course.. I love biking because it is environmentally friendly, healthy (read: gives you buns of steel), and it is a great way to get to know a new city without having to smell sweaty armpits on the subway!

Several cities have great possibilities to rent bikes (or at least places where you can buy ridiculously cheap bicycles of uncertain origin…) When I first moved to Berlin, the first thing I bought was a beautiful green bicycle – and ever since my affection for bikes has grown even bigger. Until now, I saw Berlin, Oslo, Lisbon and the biking paradise Copenhagen by bike. Someday I hope to go biking between tulips in Holland with a beautiful Dutch bicycle, and one day I’ll ride the hills of San Fransisco.

Whether you’re new to biking, or an enthusiast like myself – this is how I roll:

this is how i roll

this is how i roll

pessoabici

Biking is like meditation, and can even be poetic like at Lisbon’s only proper bicycle road

It is a great way to go sightseeing!

It is a great way to go sightseeing!

romanticbici

There is always time for some romance

And finally I always use protection (to make my mum proud)

And finally I always use protection (to make my mum proud)

Some links for new and old bike-chicks:

CopenhagenCycleChic shows you how to look good while biking

For the love of bicycle culture: Copenhagenize

Call-a-bike in several German cities

City bikes in Oslo

City bikes in Paris

Bicing in Barcelona

Happy biking, and here is a soundtrack to go with it: Queen – Bicycle Race

 

Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.

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