21 August 2012

Svajerløbet - Cargo Bike Race

Larry and Harry are to competetive guys, many of us got the witness this at the CMWC in Chicago where Harry took 1st place at the Cargoraces this year. When the old rumour mill started going about the Svajerløb things got exciting in the shop! Preparations was made, white shirts was ironed and sidi-shoes was shined! No cargobike owner in Copenhagen (or the world) want's to miss this!

The Svajerløb, for those of you who don't know, is the Danish Open Championships in cargobike racing. Back in the day, when bicylces still dominated the streets of Copenhagen the bikemessengers of that day was called "Svajers", because the swayed on their heavly loaded cargobikes. Once a year the dapper young cargobike riders gathered togheter and raced their bikes in order to crown the fastest Svajer of the town. The winner would get bragging rights for 1 year and such is the rules today.

For the second year in a row the Svajerløb was held at the old Carlsberg factory in the lovely burrogh of Vesterbro in Copenhagen, people from all over the world had traveled to our fair hometown in order to race their cargobikes, drink a feew beers and meet likeminded friends from around the globe. Since svajer always has been a suave personality we where very pleased to se people taking this part of the race seriously and dressing up for the occation. We saw bowties, suspenders and blinding white shirts... and this to a bike race!

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Kilt, cleats and MTB-shoes - a wining combination

Svajerløb 2012 - Claus Bullitt
Last years winner Claus, showing of some Svajer-style!

Riding hard... in style

People came not only from around the world but also on all kinds of bikes, old and new. We loved watching the Old Timers-race and seeing the bikes from before the war battling it out on the course. Even though the bikes are old, some of them heavly attacked by rust and weighs a ton they brave riders still knew how to push the pedals to the max!

Svajerløb 2012 - Bride to Be
Birthe, participant in the Team Relay race and the "premie-pige" of the day

As the day progressed in the blazing sun more and more people turned up, as is usual in copenhagen cheerful mix of people. Children, parents, messengers and cargobike owners (yeah, just regular copenhageners), met up and had a great day in the sun. Our guests from the US, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, New Zeeland and all other places had a great time. As the day drew to a close most the participants got togheter and took their cargobikes around the corse and helped to dismount the course and to gather all the stuff togheter. This is after all copenhagen and here we use our bikes!

Svajerløbet 2012
Ladies Finals - Charlotte in the middle was the winner.

Jimmie Jumbo from By-Expressen - winner of men's 2-wheel race. in the background Claus from Team Bullit.

The bride-to-be Birthe and her team-mates from "Team Love"

Brave riders racing their Bullitt's through the sand-pit

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Cargobikes and cargobike races from all over the world!

Svajerløb 2012 - Team Relay Medallists_1
Last but not least, proud winners of the Team Relay race: Team Bullitt Hangover!

5 January 2012

Greetings from Apple

Last summer Larry and Harry had a visit from the States.His name was Apple and he had saved just enough money to visit Copenhagen and to buy a Bluebird´71.Yesterday Harry received a mail from Apple and it went like this:

"I love my Bullitt. I ride it much more than I expected. It has become my main bicycle. I hardly ever ride the other two. I ride it to work everyday which is about 19 miles round trip. While it is good for hauling groceries and my girlfriend, I really like that the bike makes me relax. The first few weeks I was riding it fast. Working hard to run about 15 mph. I realized that I can take it easy and enjoy the bike and the ride much more at 12mph. So the bike is helping me to be relaxed when I get to work.

Here in Indianapolis (not Minneapolis) there are no other cargo bikes around. People stare and ask questions all the time. Often guys in truck and rednecks have a bad attitude towards bicycles. The funny thing is those same guys love this bike. I have walked out of a shop and had construction workers come over to look at the bike. The guys in trucks seem to understand the bike better than most people who ride bikes. Other times I will pass someone and I can tell by their facial expression that they just realized that a bicycle can do far more than they ever expected. It's fun for me to watch people's reaction."

Larry and Harry surely loves Apples!

15 December 2011

Århus-København 2012

The first of September next year a danish bike-classic will return: Århus-København.Starting in Århus,crossing 2 straights on bridges normally closed for bikes,and finally ending up in Copenhagen.375 kilometers,a fair ride for a racingbike but a serious mouthfull for a Bullitt.So a Bullitt-ride it will be for a very dear friend of Larry and Harry,our own Claus Andersen aka Copenhagenthighs.With a calculated average speed of 28 km/h he will arrive Copenhagen the same day at 7.30 PM.
If you happens to be in Copenhagen that day,come and join Larry and Harry celebrating this viking returning from the west.

4 December 2011

Team Bullitt Hangover

Finally it is a fact:the worlds first cargobike club is now training!The goal is of course to win a lot of races but most of all it is about spending a couple of hours weekly with friends.Today was the first official training and five fine fellows appeared at the meeting point under Lange Bridge.Despite a cold and strong wind everybody survived the 50 kilometer ride in 2 hours.Following the five fine fellows were awarded with a visit at McDope.
Hope to see YOU a sunday in a nearby future!

17 November 2011

Melvin from Bristol

Today Larry and Harry wants you to share a story about one of their new friends:Melvin from Bristol.
Melvin has just started his own business and among other stuff he needed a vehicle.Though Melvin is not a young hipster he is a man with modern ideas and he decided to go for a Bullitt,more precisely a Clockwork.To learn a little more about his new purchase and to see some beautiful parts of England,he went to Telford and picked the Bullitt and rode home.108 miles in 12 hours!
Quite impressive,Melvin!

29 October 2011

It´s Superfly

A week ago,Larry and Harry declared,that the world should be aware of the upcoming Superfly.So,what was it all about;what was behind the hype?Surprisingly it was a bicycle,a new Bullitt,technically top of the line and beautifully designed too.Another icon from the supreme duo,this time in a warm co-operation with the design duo,Tombola.
More important,than all the technical issues (11-speed Alfine groupset,Supra rims,Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires etc) was the fact,that the bike should be launched and celebrated at a great party in the shop in Copenhagen.And what a party it was!Excellent coffee served at the sidewalk by Ole from Kaffecyklen,cold beers elegantly delivered by Tuborg,Bullitts of all kind (including the first customized Superfly) and a lot of great people made it a night to remember.The night was in another word:Superfly!

28 September 2011

Le copycat

If you ever copy a Bullitt Larry and Harry and Super Lawyer will find you and eat you for breakfast,no excuses!And then again there might be cases where the Deadly Trio let you live:
A brilliant french gardener decides that he wants a Bullitt.When he realizes that he can buy over one hundred liters of redwine for the same money he decides to build the Bullitt himself.OK,he is a great gardener and one hell of a handyman but he is not really a bikebuilder.Today his Milk Plus is more a Milk Minus and it still only runs on the back of his pickup truck.Marcel,in this case Larry and Harry and Super Lawyer pardon you (but in any other case...)!