10 tips to curb bicycle road rage

The boys at http://theimaginaryzebra.blogspot.com/2009/11/sorry-thanks-road-rage-reduction.html came up with this. I want a bike version.

In Helsinki I can really tell we’re in the thick of the beginning of the bicycle season, because I am swearing an awful lot on my bicycle. Clueless pedestrians not yet accustomed to looking before they step into a bike lane (despite having had years to learn), drivers on edge from having cyclists zip around… Continue reading 10 tips to curb bicycle road rage

Raleigh appreciation day

It was founded in Nottingham in 1887, and today the great bicycle maker Raleigh is sold to Dutch competitor Accell. It’s hardly the end of the road for the bikes, and actually their UK manufacturing has been relocated to the Far East for a decade already, but I got a pang of nostalgia, since this… Continue reading Raleigh appreciation day

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

The cyclist manifesto

Choose life. Choose a frame. Choose the material. Choose a fucking expensive wheel set, choose work stands, grips, carbon drop bars and ergo trainers. Choose good health, adrenaline rushes and flat tires. Choose hipsters with their fixies. Choose a collection of locks. Choose spandex and matching caps. Choose a collection of water bottles that reflect… Continue reading The cyclist manifesto

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.

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

Advice for the first-time tourer: uh… “down there”

The road is the most comfy for your derriere.

Right.  I’m half-expecting to be flogged with an inner tube for TMI, but let’s be adult and sensible and learn how to avoid saddle sores. If you are affronted by discussions of the derriere, go to the next post now. In most of this series I’m trying to cover the kind of information I really,… Continue reading Advice for the first-time tourer: uh… “down there”

Approaching our 200th post

It’s been about a year now since we started this process of documenting things we like about cycling and it’s amazing to be writing the 199th post to be published. Tomorrow’s post by Johanna will be number two hundred and we think that’s a lot. A lot has happened in the last year: Both Maarten… Continue reading Approaching our 200th post

Advice for the first-time tourer: speed x time = distance

Rosie on the seaside in a brief photographic moment.

Oh, speed, the penis length of the cycling world… even for plenty of us girls it is. I had a hell of a time planning my tour because while I had a pretty good idea of how hard I was willing to work every day, I’d really never done more than 30 km in one… Continue reading Advice for the first-time tourer: speed x time = distance