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

Commuting: The bike says no

A sight seen too often lately

I’ll have to say, the beginning with the Ultimate Commuter hasn’t actually been very ultimate, to say the least. After only four days of riding I got my first flat, and I shrugged it off as a freak accident and luckily I had my brother to bail me out that time as I was quite… Continue reading Commuting: The bike says no

Commuting: Fix those flats!

I was inspired to write this article because I had two flat tyres in three days this week. Getting a flat is eventual and it’s nothing to be afraid of. Once you have these two items with you, you are ready for every circumstance. A bicycle pump (like the one we spoke about yesterday) A… Continue reading Commuting: Fix those flats!

Review: Crank Brothers Power Pump Ultra

The Crank Brothers Power Pump Ultra is only 175mm long and weighs a 120 grams

The pump is one of the tools for your bicycle that is like salt, when a food is seasoned well, you like the food, but if it is missing salt – you notice it very clearly. There are several types of pumps, but they all pretty much have the same functionality: A handle that pumps… Continue reading Review: Crank Brothers Power Pump Ultra

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

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

When is a good time to let go of your bike?

Earlier today I found myself, intentionally, fixing two bicycles for a family friend. Fixing other people’s bikes has two great benefits: Firstly, you learn more about bicycles and usually your friends have rides that are a bit worn out – you’ll have much to dismantle. Second, you can make some money to cover your lost… Continue reading When is a good time to let go of your bike?

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

From the editor: What happened in July

The hottest July in 70 years

This week I was supposed to write about me building my ultimate commuter, but as I just finished talking with the shop in Germany – they still don’t have my frame and it should arrive this week. I sure hope it does, since it’s my last holiday week next week and it would be nice… Continue reading From the editor: What happened in July