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“For my Masters thesis, I made a bike. Out of a car.”

3 Comments 06 June 2012

So sayeth my new personal materials hero, Timo Hyppönen. On the Masters of Aalto site, his thesis statement runs thusly. “Graphic design is mostly about communication. In the field of industrial production it means mostly packaging or advertising, if user interface design is excluded. Yet, most products don’t need graphics to work. It has been […]

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Surly Cross Check with Fat 700x47c tires

2 Comments 17 May 2012

As my Surly was built originally to be the Ultimate Commuter, moving to the city has created new needs. It’s not about having the best overall performance, but some comfort is appreciated as well. Helsinki is full of very irritating cobble stones and tram tracks and they are hell to ride on, no matter the […]

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Raleigh: How a bicycle is made (video from 1945)

2 Comments 12 May 2012

Now this is just a treat, I love history, bikes and manufacturing. This combines them all! A video from the British Council, showing the manufacturing process of Raleigh bicycle factory right after the war in 1945. 17 minutes of full on awesome. More like this please! Even the ending of the film is full of […]

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Bike ergonomics: Cockpit upgrade

No Comments 15 April 2012

Bikes are simply a collection of parts forming a whole, so upgrading for ergonomics is easy. For some reason people seem to think that their bikes are permanent and nothing can be changed. Since I’m a tall person with wide shoulders, I wanted to upgrade the cockpit of my Cube hard tail. The original configurations […]

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Project 29er: Budget build

5 Comments 22 December 2010

Ever since we rode those 29ers in the forest, I have wanted one. Luckily, we are more of a lo-fi kind of blog and we do like rather having several bikes instead of expensive Italian superbikes. The photo you see above is very probably becoming my next all-arounder and single speed singletrack machine. An aluminium […]

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2011 – Cyclocross or 29er?

3 Comments 08 December 2010

If you were buying bike in the last two years, almost everybody who knew anything about bikes would have offered you a cyclocross bicycle – to a point that it became a joke in the forums. Cyclocross bikes became the be all, end all solution for bike buyers – especially for commuters. It did it […]

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Bicycle Factory Visit: Helkama Velox Part 2

5 Comments 19 October 2010

The factory tour which we started describing yesterday continued to the “archive room” of Helkama where there were hundreds of bikes from several decades. The oldest bikes looked like they were from the 1920s or something, and there were quite interesting rarities in there as well. Join us on our interactive walk-through! The first thing […]

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Bicycle factory visit: Helkama Velox part 1

6 Comments 18 October 2010

Our trip really started after we got to Hanko, a town in Southern Finland where the headquarters and factory of Helkama Velox is located. We were lucky enough to be invited to check out their factory and during this week we’ll be posting a lot of photos of the tour. Neither of us had never […]

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Cool things coming in the next few weeks

No Comments 07 October 2010

Had to sacrifice some screen room for that amazing photo by Janne Hellsten of his Helkama bike, which is the other reason I’m so excited! Some little birds might have whispered secrets into our ears and it looks like I’ll get to fulfill one of my life long dreams and visit a working bicycle factory! […]

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For dummies: How to build a bicycle

No Comments 23 September 2010

I have to say, I was so excited to build my first bicycle and our mission was to get it done as soon as possible – my enthusiasm took over and I hardly took any photos. Also, it was a dark night and even my fast lens couldn’t catch our doings in the dark. Luckily, […]

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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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