City & Commuting

Commuting 50 kilometers a day

4 Comments 27 June 2010

The raison d’être of Coming thru is the fact that three months ago I started bike commuting around 50 kilometers to work. The first weeks didn’t quite work out. The photo is of me, holding my left crank in front of a bike store in Helsinki 20 minutes before it opened. It had been already changed twice as the original Shimano Deore crank had faulty manufacturing and naturally they didn’t have a proper replacement in hand.

The next one broke 15 kilometers later.

The issue? The shop hadn’t tightened up the crank properly. THREE TIMES they failed. Since I didn’t have the tool to do tightening, I had to trust the store owners that everything was proper. Never going back there.

I’ll be documenting my trip and experiences on my daily commute which should last from about 9 months yearly which I’m sure will include lots of learning and pain on the way. Also my goal is to learn proper bike maintenance and we might do a series of posts on basic bike maintenance and of course, we both like new gear with Maarten (he gets packages weekly to the office) and I’m sure we’ll say a few words on those as well.

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Markus is a bike commuter gadget freak who is learning the ropes of the bike world, you can find him all around the web - but you can start with his twitter at @banton.

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Coming Thru (or Coming Through - as that URL was taken) is a daily updated bike magazine - a collection of writings and links that relate to biking in its every form. The idea started from when Maarten met Markus decided to finally start collecting the things we like about bikes and talk about our everyday adventures in dodging moving objects at high speeds.The site is run by a collage of cyclists, most notably by Canadian Johanna MacDonald, Belgian Maarten Patteeuw and Finnish Markus Sandelin.

It all started in the spring of 2010, after a record breaking snowy winter when Markus bought a house 25 kilometers from the office and decided to handle the commuting with a bicycle. It turned out the bike wasn’t up to standards for that kind of stress and the first weeks were more tragicomic than glorious. Thus the idea began to brew to actually document this journey.

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