Welcome to the Viking Biking blog on all things biking in Oslo. We plan to just write a random collection of ideas ranging from winter biking with spiked tires to urban planning of better bike infrastructure to suggestions and ideas on hidden rides around the Oslo area. Just check below for our (nearly) weekly ruminations about the Oslo bike culture.
07 December 2018: reflectors, lights and high visibility
Today's topic is one that everyone finds sexy and exciting: how to be more visible on your bike in the darker months of the year here in Oslo. Viking Biking has its own workshop, where we sell important safety features like reflectors and lights. In fact, under Norwegian law, every bike must have reflectors on the front and back as well as on the pedals, plus a white light on front and a red light on back. In addition, it is highly recommended to wear a high visibility reflector vest or band.
Days are short this time of year, with sunrise around 9:00 in the morning and sunset before 16:00 (4pm). If you are commuting to and from work in the Oslo area, being highly visible is of the utmost importance. All of our winter bikes for rent and used on our Oslo Winter Highlights Bike Tour of course are up to the legal standard, but if your own bike is not please stop in for a chat so we can give you advice on being a safe cyclist in the winter.
01 December 2018: winter biking
Winter biking in Oslo is a true Viking experience. The second substantial snow fall of the season occured last night, but that does not stop us here at Viking Biking. We have a fleet of winter bikes ready, which include Schwalbe spiked tires (more than 200 spikes per tire!). Walking can actually be hazardous in Oslo this time of year because it is so slippery, but biking with spikes is a surprisingly safe way to get around.
The city council of Oslo, encouraged by the local Green party, has made it a priority the last couple of years to plough the bike paths, in many cases before the roads. This action has in turn led to a huge increase in the number of locals choosing to bike year round, something we support greatly here at Viking Biking. So if you want to feel like a real local, join our daily Winter Highlights Bike Tour at 12:00 (Mondays-Saturdays) or rent a winter bike. When in the capital of Vikings, act like one :-)