Bicycle Factory Visit: Helkama Velox Part 2

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… Continue reading Bicycle Factory Visit: Helkama Velox Part 2

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

Bike factories, forest rides and 2011 Merida models

Whew, What a weekend! We spent it in a small town of about 5000 people (during the winters) called Hanko. It’s a coastal town by the Baltic sea and it has a brilliant climate and more central European type forests. It also houses Helkama Velox, one of the oldest bike manufacturers and importers in Finland… Continue reading Bike factories, forest rides and 2011 Merida models

Classic Finnish bicycle Jopo returns to Finland

Jopos are the Schwinns of Finland | Awesome photo by Jyri Kaasinen

Well I’ll be damned, I didn’t think to see this day – especially since I missed the news nearly two months ago when Helkama Velox – one of the few standing Finnish bicycle companies announced the the most successful bike in our nation’s cycling history, the Jopo will manufactured fully in Finland after a jaunt… Continue reading Classic Finnish bicycle Jopo returns to Finland