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Classic Finnish bicycle Jopo returns to Finland

4 Comments 10 August 2010

Jopos are the Schwinns of Finland | Awesome photo by Jyri Kaasinen

Well I’ll be damned, I didn’t think to see this day – especially since I missed the news nearly two months ago when Helkama Velox – one of the few standing Finnish bicycle companies announced the the most successful bike in our nation’s cycling history, the Jopo will manufactured fully in Finland after a jaunt in Asia. The bike has been a part of our heritage since it was first conceived in the 1960’s and has stayed in the top selling lists from there on, selling over 20 thousand Jopos alone per year. That means that more bicycle production power will return to Finland, and that means a better future for Finnish cycling.

The bike has a classic design and they are awesome to ride | Photo by _RetroPedal_

Like Volkswagen designed the Beetle to be a car for the common man, the Jopo stood behind the same principles. Even its name is an abbreviation of “Jokaisen polkupyörä”, which means “A bicycle for everyone”. It started the city bike phenomenon properly in Finland with its low design with 20-inch wheels (they tried 22-inchers in the beginning) and the lack of a top tube allowed even better accessibility for users young and old. This year, the Jopo range will expand even more, including a version that has an electric motor to support the rider called the Jopo Electro.

Today, the classic Jopos are collector’s items and there are a huge number of people tuning and maintaining their classic Jopos and meeting in group at least annually to show of their babies to their compatriots. The next meeting is a week from now, 15th of August 2010 – and we’ll be there to record the feelings!

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  • Guest

    When and where exactky is the Jopo meeting on 15th of August 2010? Is there a homepage or something for the event?

    Thanks!

  • The meet in in Senaatintori, Helsinki at 2pm (that’s 1400h) and the information can be found for example from Jopo’s page in Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jopo/74049787702

  • A J Crofts

    I’ve a Jopo. I absolutely ADORE it. OK, it’s a Taiwan-made version, but still a joy to ride. (my son has a Finnish-made model. DRAT!)
    I’d love to get hold of one of the older, pressed-steel frame classics, however.
    OK, I’m a 55-year-old git, smokes too much, living in Oulu, Finland but when it’s a bit warmer, I’m cycling to Gothenberg (Sweden) to see an old friend on it. That’s about 1200Km trip. I’ll fit it with a new chain, and I reckon that’s about the only maintenance it’ll want.

  • Hey AJ! Jopos are fantastic and it’s a real surprise to notice how good they are on longer trips as well. What kind of setup do you have on your long trip? Panniers? Backpack? How do you carry your stuff?

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