Commuting: 4 things you should know about bicycle brakes

Check all the brake cables for damage and wear

Ah, braking. Some people are afraid to go fast(er) because they do not trust their brakes and ultimately themselves being able to stop their bicycle in utter annihilation of mind and body. As we spoke in our article about learning to fall, now we will give you some information and hints about using your brakes.… Continue reading Commuting: 4 things you should know about bicycle brakes

Find your way – Creating bike routes

When you go jogging or walking, route planning for your average mortal person is quite easy since the lap usually won’t be larger than 15 kilometers, usually half of that. Since cycling is so much more efficient, 15 kilometers is not even a long trek for someone who has biked even a little (and has… Continue reading Find your way – Creating bike routes

Bicycles with love: Pelago

Biking has evolved quite a bit in the last ten years, it has gone from mainstream utilitarianism towards a more self-expressive direction. While bikes have in my opinion always been more than just objects or modes of transportation, they’ve lacked the certain mainstream flair and admiration like cars have for example. Finns have made their… Continue reading Bicycles with love: Pelago

Commuting effects of the first two months

True, I only started bike commuting only two months ago and the weather was terrible then and I didn’t have my trusty waterproof Chrome Soyuz to carry my stuff dry to work, but still, I feel it already. According to my Garmin Connect account, in the last two months, I have been: Riding my bike… Continue reading Commuting effects of the first two months

5 reasons bike commuting is a smart choice

A few months ago when I started my bike commuting in earnest people were constantly hovering around me and doubting my choice apart from the obvious, physical well-being. There are however several other great reasons that makes biking worth the while, here’s my top five. 1. It’s just as fast I read somewhere that the… Continue reading 5 reasons bike commuting is a smart choice

Bike building: Transmission, MTB or road bike?

I’ve found myself a mission: To build the ultimate commuting machine. First of all, I’m not a toddler. I’m a gargantuan, nearly two meters and over a hundred kilos of flabby bits biking power, so I’ll need a frame that’ll be big enough and provide me with enough confidence to drive down a hill going… Continue reading Bike building: Transmission, MTB or road bike?

Bike building: On frame materials and bamboo

I’m still in the process of writing an article about my current bike (Insera Reflex Evo) but that bike was bought for three things: Short sprints in the city, cheap price so I won’t be super bummed (again) when someone steals my bike and the third was that there was a bike shop literally across… Continue reading Bike building: On frame materials and bamboo

Route: The landing zone tour

Since we bike mostly here in Finland, we have a few routes for sharing. As I got my bike back from maintenance yesterday, I wanted to take it out for a spin and a decided try one of the routes I’d planned with Bikemap.net. I synced the route to my Garmin Forerunner 305 (no, I… Continue reading Route: The landing zone tour

Gear Review: Chrome Soyuz laptop bag

Being a bike commuter in Finland means that you have to tolerate the four seasons (although I’m only planning to do three of them) and since in Finland three out of four are wet and cold seasons, having the right equipment is important. I started off with my over a decade old Everest bag and… Continue reading Gear Review: Chrome Soyuz laptop bag