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

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

Photos from the past: Who needs horses?

You might not know that both Maarten and me are men who appreciate history. Heck, Maarten even has a degree on the topic and luckily there are amazing sites on the web that goes through amazing historical resources and shares it with us. One of these, and also one of my favorite sites is Shorpy.com.… Continue reading Photos from the past: Who needs horses?

Epic: Cyclocross race video from 1960

Well now, seems like we’ll do two videos in a row then – but come on, look at this video! If you thought cyclocross is something new, you’re wrong. It’s been around for a very long time, and started as a between-town race across farmlands in the early 1900s. Wikipedia says that: After Octave Lapize… Continue reading Epic: Cyclocross race video from 1960

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

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

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