Surly Cross Check with Fat 700x47c tires

As my Surly was built originally to be the Ultimate Commuter, moving to the city has created new needs. It’s not about having the best overall performance, but some comfort is appreciated as well. Helsinki is full of very irritating cobble stones and tram tracks and they are hell to ride on, no matter the… Continue reading Surly Cross Check with Fat 700x47c tires

Friday video: Bicycle repair man with Monty Python

Photographic evidence for the win!

There are only a few comedy laws, but most of them involve the Monty Python troupe. Since it’s Easter, we wanted to be a bit sillier than usual, so we are giving you the classic Bicycle repair man sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus that came out about 50 years ago, which you can see… Continue reading Friday video: Bicycle repair man with Monty Python

The Surly is back home!

Ha ha! Great news of happy joy! My Ultimate Commuter is finally back home! Even though I was wearing jeans and sneakers, the ride was very pleasant and nice, yet I’m already out of shape and it was cold as hell out there. But _still_ it was brilliant. No way any inside training tool can… Continue reading The Surly is back home!

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

November sucks: Slippery when wet

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the sun. It’s been even longer since I’ve taken a ride in the sun. Today was sunny, after a refreshing rain shower. I learned that there’s one thing more slippery than wet wood. Carbon soles on wet wood. The annoying thing is that I was carrying my… Continue reading November sucks: Slippery when wet

Exclusive video: Cycling in November sucks

If you’re read our blog before, you know that I just got my helmet camera from GoPro a week ago and finally had the time to edit a short clip of a ride in quite terrible weather in November. As I’ve already mentioned, this month is probably the worst for riding as there’s anything from… Continue reading Exclusive video: Cycling in November sucks

Saturday miscellany: Folding bikes and Surly Pugsley

We will still be hanging around in a different city on the time you read this post, so I can use this day to post a few items that have been in the back of my heard and I’ve wanted to mention. First up is a rare find, a Finnish cycling blog: Yeti rides is… Continue reading Saturday miscellany: Folding bikes and Surly Pugsley

Roll across the Antarctic: Fortune Hanebrink

Say one day you get an idea: “I want to go across the Antarctic” and continue “.. with a bike.” Your mustache won’t keep you warm enough when your carbon fiber wheels are sinking in the slush while polar bears claw your spine out. So what do you take with you, what’s your pack of… Continue reading Roll across the Antarctic: Fortune Hanebrink

For dummies: How to build a bicycle

I have to say, I was so excited to build my first bicycle and our mission was to get it done as soon as possible – my enthusiasm took over and I hardly took any photos. Also, it was a dark night and even my fast lens couldn’t catch our doings in the dark. Luckily,… Continue reading For dummies: How to build a bicycle