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

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

From the web: 4iiii Cyclist HUDs and Qoroz travel road bikes

Have you ever been casually riding your weekly 80 kilometer run wearing your heart rate meter and thinking: “Oh my god, I wish I wouldn’t have to move my neck to look down for a few seconds to see whether my heart rate is too high.”? Well wait no more! The 4iiii Innovations Sport-iiiis is… Continue reading From the web: 4iiii Cyclist HUDs and Qoroz travel road bikes

2011 preview: Merida Reacto 907 road bike

Merida is a brand that’s on everyone’s lips at this moment thanks to José Hermida winning the UCI Cross Country world championship. They also sponsor quite a few races and keep up with their own team, the Multivan Merida Biking Team. Another interesting fact about Merida is that the company owns 19% of Specialized. To… Continue reading 2011 preview: Merida Reacto 907 road bike

Hydration review: Camelbak Blowfish

A lot of people know what a “camelback” is, a lot fewer have actually tried one. They are naturally referring to the hydration equipment manufacturer Camelbak, who at least to my knowledge were the first to popularize the hydration pack with a bladder for the liquid and a proper “straw” for sucking it out. Jogging… Continue reading Hydration review: Camelbak Blowfish

Commuting: A single day of wins and losses

Today was an interesting day of commuting. It started yesterday, when I got fed up with feeling too much effort from my cycling, and I decided to lift my saddle even more. 10mm higher, yet again and you wouldn’t believe the difference. It was like gliding on clouds. This was naturally also due to having… Continue reading Commuting: A single day of wins and losses

Commuting: What to wear?

I’m a bit torn at the moment as there are two riders with two different needs in me. If I just would commute directly from home to work and back, there wouldn’t be an issue. I could wear whatever spandex loving dream I would want to and be done with it very quickly. However, I… Continue reading Commuting: What to wear?

Riding: Kuninkaantie Ruska Ride

Still feeling a bit bitter after not being able to ride the Tour de Helsinki the week before and with a nice Autumn day ahead it was time to crunch some kilometers. One of the more beautiful marked roads in the south of Finland is without a doubt the Kuninkaantie or “Kings Road” going all… Continue reading Riding: Kuninkaantie Ruska Ride

Safety review: LAS Iceberg cycling helmet

Helmets, the epitome of safety throughout the history of man. They have a very simple job to do, to stop gravity tag-teaming with hard surfaces against your skull. Almost every sport that has any kind of physical requirements come with some kinds of helmets, from boxing to Aussie rules football and from rally racing to… Continue reading Safety review: LAS Iceberg cycling helmet