On the corner of one of these streets, there is a bicycle shop, perhaps one of many, but that stands out of the rest for its name, which resembles more that of a punk rock band than of a workshop: Thunder Fist. Within those walls, dozens of bicycles have been sold and repaired by one of the few women with the vitality to run such a business in Copenhagen: Lisa Morgen.
There are so many people in this city who use a bike here every day, and I think they deserve a good one
The love for bicycles, and the desire to infuse her care and attention into what she does, resonates into the need to live and work in an environment as dear to her heart as possible. Entering in the early hours of the day you are immediately struck by an intense smell of filtered coffee, left on a small table and available to anyone who wants it; a scent that blends with the music that constantly plays all around the shop.
I listen to music all day long. One of my favorite things about working here is that I can listen to music for eight hours in a row, and I decide what music to listen to [...].
The good vibe clients have as they step in her familiar and welcoming environment is not lost to Lisa, who tells us: “I think most customers come here also because I am here. I would like to open another shop in the future, and talking about it, I was advised to find a younger version of me, who was able to run it. The people who work here with me are already quite similar: a bit strange, but authentic.”
Her passion for bikes started at a very young age:“I don't know if it's a real memory, or if I just built it in my mind, but when I was very young there were two twins in the street where I lived, and one day I saw them cycling without wheels. Then I dragged my bike upstairs home, asking and almost ordering my parents to remove the wheels from my bike as well. It was a small blue bike.”
For some reason I remember very well the bikes I had, and less the places I went with them.
I like long trips, where you ride your bike all day, sometimes for two weeks straight. I spend maybe six months planning a trip, and then I pack my things and my tent, I take my bike and I leave.”