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Oslo, Norway - Info on road rides?(8 posts)

Oslo, Norway - Info on road rides?sodade
Apr 18, 2003 4:39 AM
I will be in Oslo for three weeks at the beginning of May. I will be staying close to the city center and I am bringing my road bike. I would appreciate any info on good, low car, high climb rides. Also, any general info about biking, like the best way to get out of the city, how safe my bike will be, etc...

I tried looking online, but I couldn't find much useful info.

Thanks in advance
re: Oslo, Norway - Info on road rides?ZvierBoy
Apr 18, 2003 5:03 AM
I never cycled in Oslo though I have been there 3 times in past 6 months. You will see a lot people on (mountain) bikes there. There are some nice hills all around so be ready for climbing.
On my 1st trip there I went to a traditional hunting lodge. I took a train from the center, the railroad goes along side a road and I did see a couple mountain bikes griding up. From bottom to top I bet one will need 30+ minutes.

Coincidantally, I am going to be there, once again, around the 17th of May (Norwegian Independace Day) and will bring my road bike with me most likely...
re: Oslo, Norway - Info on road rides?filtersweep
Apr 18, 2003 5:43 AM
You'll be the only person NOT riding a DBS bike ;)

I've never road biked in Norway, but have been plotting the logistics of it myself, since I'm usually there a few times per year. (wife is literally from Norway) I'm generally baffled myself...

General observations: Norway is very commuter bike friendly, but not the most roadbike friendly country in europe. Most roads have no shoulders, and some drivers (at least my brother-in-law) are very annoyed with road bikes on the road (since commuter trails are literally everywhere). On the other hand, people drive the speed limit religiously and in general are better drivers than anywhere in the US and you'll never need to worry about being hit by a drunk driver. I'd be wary of riding through some of the unlit tunnels. Also, when you really get out into the mountains, the roads are too narrow for even two cars to get by, and they seem to view guard rails as being for sissies ;)

Frankly, I'm baffled by Norway's lack of pro elite roadies (what are there, one or two?). Statistically, the sport that promotes the best cardio conditioning is CC skiing- not road biking. You'd think there would be much more cross training...

I'd treat Oslo like any other major city: that crime exists- and take your own "universal precautions."

I'm sure you can bring a bike on a train- seems people bring everything else (including large sleds in the winter when they use the train as the lift).

I tried stopping in a bike shop (Sporty Sykkel, or something like that) to ask about the road bike scene, but the shop ended up being the equivalent of a volume dealer that just pedalled their "national" brand- DBS- and they had just a few Sora level road bikes.

The only info I ever found online was about mtn biking (which there is no shortage of)... I'm interested in what you find out.
Roadbiking scene in NorskZvierBoy
Apr 18, 2003 5:54 AM
One of the guys on my team is from Norway. He said he has been racing for for 20+ years. So there has got to be something.
Ohh, did I mention he works on an oil rig, which I think has rotation of 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off. During his weeks off he comes down to Torino where his wife works.
Information @coonass
Apr 18, 2003 5:46 AM
http://www.budgettravel.com/cycling.htm I hope this helps...just do a Search for "Oslo".
Boy, am I envious !!!
Bon voyage!!!!!!!
Forgot to add......coonass
Apr 18, 2003 5:53 AM
On the 'Home Page', you can scroll down to "Norway" and you should be in "Information Overloadland".....
Bon chance!
Thanks for all the info - any more?sodade
Apr 18, 2003 10:07 AM
Most of the links that I have found are dead. I spammed any email address I could find. I still haven't been able to figure much out.
Hope this helps...coonass
Apr 18, 2003 12:39 PM
Try doing a Search for: Bicycling Norway....
http://region.hive.no/horten/hoc/cycling.htm
http://www.unginfo.oslo.no/useit/index.php
http://www.bikeaccess.net/
http://www-math.science.unitn.it/Bike/Countries/Norway/
http://cykelsemester.eurotourism.net/andra/eur_bikemaps_europe.shtml
(Translator @ http://www.systransoft.com/ )
Some of the sites are not in English; some have an option for English..
The Search Engine that I use is: http://www.metor.com/ which searches AltaVista, HotBot, FAST Search, Lycos, Google and Overture simultaneously. If these are of no help, your best bet may be to 'get lucky' and contact an Oslo LBS and inquire about maps; even check with your local Library and see if they have any sources of bike maps for the Oslo area.......
Bon chance!