Cool Souvenirs for Your Bike and for Your Kids
“I Love My Brain” the pay-off says on the bike helmet from the company Nutcase.
Andreas William Hansen totally agrees: “You have to be crazy not to use a helmet when you bike around the city.”
He adds, “It’s the one part of your body which cannot be replaced and you cannot live without.”
One in Three Copenhageners Bicycle to Work
Andreas works part time as a night porter at Avenue Hotel, while finishing his studies in economics and finance. In his spare time he’s a keen mountain biker and he naturally belongs to the group of one out of three Copenhageners who bicycle to work or school.
We’ve gone round the corner from Avenue Hotel to the local bike shop Batak to look for interesting bike accessories to inspire you for the next time you go shopping for souvenirs in Copenhagen.
“The bike culture in Copenhagen makes quite an impact on a lot of our guests,” Andreas tells me.
“Especially the Americans are impressed by our infrastructure. They just don’t have bike lanes like ours back home.”
Fashionable helmets from Yakkay
“I remember when these came out a couple of years ago,” he says about the fashionable helmets from Yakkay.
“They kind of made it OK for everbody to wear helmets, and they are cool as you can actually change the cover if you get tired of it.”
The fashionable Yakkay helmets have replaceable covers
Edgy Graffiti Helmets
Andreas adds: “Personally I prefer the more classic bike helmet from Nutcase but I think a teenager would go for the edgier graffiti version of the helmet.”
Andreas’ Favourite Souvenir
However Andreas’ favourite souvenir is not for sale . It’s an ‘I Bike CPH’-t-shirt, which is part of the window display at Batak.
“The ‘I-Bike-CPH’-t-shirt would make a great souvenir. Also it’s very easy to pack and bring home,” he says.
Store-owner, Martin Batak, politely explains: “It was given to me by the City of Copenhagen to promote Copenhagen as a city of bicyclists.”
He adds, “You are not the first who wants to buy it though.”
Great Gifts for Kids
“That would be a great gift for my niece. She turns three in a couple of days,” Andreas exclaims when he sees the Little Red Roadster from Radio Flyer.
“It reminds me of the little scooter I had, when I was a kid…”.
Gift Ideas for Teenagers
While buying gifts for little kids is a piece of cake, teenagers can be a bit more difficult to please. So I joined forces with Claudia Bhimra (aged 14) and Lucas Bhimra (aged 12) in order to find cool bike accessories for their age group.
“The Bike Cap is quite pretty and it makes a nice change from the plastic bag that most people use to cover their seat, when it’s wet,” Claudia says.
Lucas goes for the cup holder: “It’s a great idea that you can have a drink while you bike around the city,” and adds with a sly smile, “I’d probably use it for hot chocolate instead of coffee though.”
What are Your Favourite Souvenirs from Copenhagen?
Did you find a great souvenir last time you were in Copenhagen?
Or at another destination?
Send us your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
We’ve aquired a couple of the sought after ‘I-Bike-CPH’-t-shirts and we will reward the three best ideas with a t-shirt each, so remember to add whether you’d prefer S-M-L or XL.
Ideas should be received by 1 March 2010. The winners will be informed directly by e-mail.
More About ‘I Bike CPH’
The people behind the ‘I Bike CPH-campaign inform us that you can actually buy their popular t-shirts at the information desk at the City Hall in Copenhagen. The information desk is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. The t-shirts cost DKK 70 and are available in black or white.
All prices are in Danish kroner, inclusive of Danish VAT.
Andreas’ bike is his own, Claudia and Lucas’ bike is a ‘Johnny Loco’ available at Batak.