Bare-bones navigation for touring

Would you give up your GPS for this?

Here’s something you don’t much think about before your first tour: how you’re going to figure out where the hell you are. I have to start this, of course, with a wee caveat since nowadays most people have GPS built in to their phones, and a lot of cyclists use computers to navigate. I am… Continue reading Bare-bones navigation for touring

Review: Look Kéo 2 Max road cycling pedals

Road cycling is quite different from any other form of cycling, mostly because of the long durations spent on the bike. Just like road shoes are different by being lighter and stiffer than shoes designed for rougher terrains, road pedals are different as well. The purpose of mountain bike pedals is to hold the foot… Continue reading Review: Look Kéo 2 Max road cycling pedals

Spring has been cancelled

You know that feeling of Spring blooming. The days get longer and the temperature climbs slowly but steadily towards double digits and it’s time to clean the bikes up. Lube and clean the chains, index those cassettes properly and then put them on the balcony to let the sun gently dry your clean babies up.… Continue reading Spring has been cancelled

Quick preview: Gaerne G.Fora 2010 road cycling shoes

They sure are shiny.

As I’ve made great progress in my riding during the last year, I thought I was up for a new pair of shoes. My problem is my shoe size, which is at the top end of cycling shoe makers. Sure, you can get proper sized Sidis, but they cost 250 euros per pair. As the… Continue reading Quick preview: Gaerne G.Fora 2010 road cycling shoes

Approaching our 200th post

It’s been about a year now since we started this process of documenting things we like about cycling and it’s amazing to be writing the 199th post to be published. Tomorrow’s post by Johanna will be number two hundred and we think that’s a lot. A lot has happened in the last year: Both Maarten… Continue reading Approaching our 200th post

Helsinki Commuting – Monday advice

It’s great to see that every spring there are more bikers on the streets here in Helsinki. People seem to invest in better bikes, they are creative in tuning their old ones and they are going for weekend rides outside of the city. This year only seems to confirm the trend so fare. However, with… Continue reading Helsinki Commuting – Monday advice

2011 plans – don’t call it a draft!

You have to give one thing to the otherwise utterly annoying Christmas period: it provides you with time to make bike plans for the new year. Before we even got to sit at the bar, have beers and start pondering about when and where to go Fili, one of the teamskelle bikers, came up with… Continue reading 2011 plans – don’t call it a draft!

Montes de Málaga – The Ride Part 2 of 2

Oh the frustration of a biker: a perfectly fine inner tube but no pump to inflate it with. But hey, this is Spain, one of the 3 countries hosting a Tour every year and etc. The prologue (not time-trial) can be found here. Passerby #1, a 35 year old guy walking around with his girlfriend,… Continue reading Montes de Málaga – The Ride Part 2 of 2

Montes de Málaga – The Ride Part 1 of 2

So after 5 days of bike rental hunting (see my previous post) my quest came to an end and I experienced the saddle feeling again. 5 kilometers east of Malaga, after a nice morning walk next to the Mediterranean, I was welcomed at the Recyclo Bike Shop by one of the owners and a true… Continue reading Montes de Málaga – The Ride Part 1 of 2

Cycling: We have an agenda

Cycling is very much like football (the soccer kind) to me. Everyone can do it. It’s one of the most equal methods of transportation available to our species living on this planet. However, even being the capitalist I am, I realize that our cities and our culture has been evolving around the internal combustion engine.… Continue reading Cycling: We have an agenda