“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.”

Big boy cycling, 10 rules of riding 100 kilometers

1. You’re not as small as others, don’t try to ride like one I’ve always been big. That’s why I played basketball.  I have had to learn to dodge objects in ceilings other people don’t even see. I’ve had to realize that most items produced for purchase are too small for me. Like outlet bicycles. Cyclists… Continue reading Big boy cycling, 10 rules of riding 100 kilometers

Love local bike shops and they love you back

We’ve always loved our local bike shops, they are not only beautiful and talented, running a bike shop requires passion and dedication like no other. We’ve written about them several times (like here, here and especially here) and we are glad to be doing it again. We have a friend called Nelli, a Finn who set… Continue reading Love local bike shops and they love you back

Our local bike shop: Tikkurilan Ajomies

We have been asked to do some journalism (um, yeah) and show people around our local bike shops and we figured why not. They are people we have chosen to touch our bikes anyway, so might as well tell the world about them. Our first choice is my personal favorite and place-to-go when something goes… Continue reading Our local bike shop: Tikkurilan Ajomies

Blizzards, bike shops and photos

Remember when I said a few days ago that it feels like living on planet Hoth? We’ve had a blizzard here today in Helsinki, something around 10-15 cm (4-6 inches) of snow in one day and I still saw cyclists plowing through the snow. Sadly, my local bike shop mechanic, where I was planting to… Continue reading Blizzards, bike shops and photos

Loving Local Bike Shops back

Our LBS and its owner Eppu gets love from a local bike messenger

This is a very simple post of a simple photo. It’s an advertisement from the main Finnish newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat. The ad space would cost lots, but Tikkurilan Ajomies didn’t pay anything for it. The reason this large advertisement is on the newspaper is gratitude to the proprietor’s work. The guy in the photo is… Continue reading Loving Local Bike Shops back

Local bike shops – a love story

The life-saving Cane Creek headset!

Last week, we were changing frames to an XC bike (the video is coming tomorrow) and while we thought every part was sorted and ready for installation, we realized we were in trouble when we got to the fork and headset. Even though the frame said that it eats 1.1/8″ headsets, this one was special.… Continue reading Local bike shops – a love story

5 questions for finding the right bike

Photo by Stefan Georgi | Licensed with Creative Commons

Ah, the eternal question – what kind of bicycle should you have. The forums are full of these questions, people asking about a specific type of bike wanting to know if that’s good enough for them. But not many people really think about what kind of bike they should have. First of all, there are… Continue reading 5 questions for finding the right bike