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

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

2012 Merida One-Twenty XT-D 26″ review

The Merida One-Twenty XT official press photo

We had an opportunity to go out and take Merida‘s latest aluminum full suspension mountain bike One-Twenty XT-D out for a four hour muddy and snowy ride and naturally we had to write a review on the topic as well. While there’s been quite a bit of discussion on the new Ninety-Nine carbon range, the non-carbon… Continue reading 2012 Merida One-Twenty XT-D 26″ review

2012 Merida Big Nine Carbon 29″ 3000 review

The official photo by Merida, it's pretty.

As we speculated two years ago, twenty-niners are here to stay and we are glad that they are. We had the opportunity to test ride some new Merida bikes coming to the market this year, one of them was the best non-team model 29″ Big Nine Carbon 3000-D from the 2012 range and four hours in… Continue reading 2012 Merida Big Nine Carbon 29″ 3000 review

Mountain biking with one arm? Why not.

Photo by Eyes Down films

Tom Wheeler got four of the five nerves controlling his right arm severed and his hand is and will be mostly paralyzed for the rest of his life. Still that doesn’t Tom from riding his bike, in the forest with the boys. Total respect. Check out part two from Vimeo by clicking right about here.… Continue reading Mountain biking with one arm? Why not.

The Surly is back home!

Ha ha! Great news of happy joy! My Ultimate Commuter is finally back home! Even though I was wearing jeans and sneakers, the ride was very pleasant and nice, yet I’m already out of shape and it was cold as hell out there. But _still_ it was brilliant. No way any inside training tool can… Continue reading The Surly is back home!

Bicycle factory visit: Helkama Velox part 1

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… Continue reading Bicycle factory visit: Helkama Velox part 1

Commute like there’s a tomorrow

The summer holiday is over, and we’re back to our daily routines with commuting. We had the storm of the century here on Sunday, so it was still a bit wet on Monday, but it still felt good. I’ve never been good at going from place A to place A, I think I’m a commuter… Continue reading Commute like there’s a tomorrow

Changing the frame in 4 minutes

Who needs Photoshop when you have the sun?

Last week we spent a quality day changing a frame on a cross-country (or XC for short) bicycle and we thought of recording it since it was a nice day and all. The donor was a 2008 GT Avalanche 1.0 that had done it’s job and we swapped most of the parts from it to… Continue reading Changing the frame in 4 minutes