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0 Comments 04 October 2010

The beginning wasn't easy.

When I wrote my first post, I had already been cycling for a few weeks. Well, I had been at least trying hard, but it seemed like the gods of cycling were seriously trying to keep me away from the saddle.

.. even when I already was on the saddle.

When I took my first proper fall in years, I had to spend a while writing about the art of falling the right way – because it had saved me from hurting myself any more. Even with all these problems, the hunger started growing and there were success as well – and of course a lot of ridicule from my friends and family, but I was taught that ridicule is just another form of caring.

I liked cycling so much that I wanted to write about the top 5 things that makes cycling awesome, and it’s still in the front page of our blog. I think it’s my best post so far, but there’s still a long way to go. After the first two months of riding, the results came in and boy was I surprised! Yeah, it felt good – but seeing it in numbers added to the feeling I already had, it was beautiful.

Surly Cross Check Complete in Beef Gravy Brown

The first thought of the Ultimate Commuter

Shortly after, I started dreaming of a new bike – and it came to be the Ultimate Commuter. It’s a thing of beauty, a flying monster and a trusted friend. Who also has a dark side. I had five (or six..) flats in a week’s time, and I started losing my faith. Yet, with a little bit of tuning (ie. changing the tires, rim tape and tubes completely), I got that problem sorted, but that’s not the end of problems yet.

Still, one of the best times of my life is going on now. It rules.

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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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