The Helsinki Fixed Gear and Single Speed people (aka. yksivaihde.net) decided to gather together to have a nice wintery ride, since for once the winter weather in Helsinki is more like "snow and cold and shine" than the usual "slush and water and ice and mud and bad winds and total darkness".
So at 1PM the group of about 20 bicyclists gathered together in the city center and took a ride around the city center. Weather was nice, there was no wind and the temperature was around -10'C,… Continue
Added by pete korhonen on January 8, 2010 at 4:30am —
Hello all fellow-zoobirders!
I hope you are all fine and feeling good.
My 2009 has been a good one. Work has been good, new ideas and development and more responsibilities.
Bike has been riding all year round - only four (4) days I have commuted to the office with something else than a bicycle. Plus the long summer ride from Helsinki to Joensuu that I mentioned earlier.
Musically it has been a quiet year - only 10 gigs (with 5 different groups) plus… Continue
Added by pete korhonen on December 21, 2009 at 3:55am —
It has been a winter for a week or so in Helsinki too now. Temperature well below zero (centigrade...), and there is snow. Pure white snow. And it is snowing some more!
ps. and oh, the brave people doing the ice fishing -
less than 2 weeks ago, this place had still no ice at all… Continue
Added by pete korhonen on December 21, 2009 at 3:30am —
I had been thinking about a bike trip that would take more than a day for a couple of summers. This summer seemed to open up an opportunity to do so. So I decided to ride from Helsinki, my current home town, to my place of birth, Joensuu.
The shortest route between these two cities is around 480kms. But since those roads have quite a heavy traffic they didn't suit my purposes of seeing the beautiful nature on the way. So the plan for the route was drawn via smaller… Continue
Added by pete korhonen on August 7, 2009 at 9:57am —
Pelago Bicycles will be starting in early June in Helsinki.
Their idea is to bring simple and affordable - yet quality bicycles
to the streets.
Check them out at:
EDIT: changed the website address
Added by pete korhonen on May 29, 2009 at 4:30am —
An Italian "Ciöcc" road frame (Dedacciai alu) I picked up last summer for 40EUR from a web board.
Took a little while to compose it, but now it is finally ready to roll.
It is now a 7-speed road bike, mostly shimano equipped, front for 531 Reynolds steel. Chainring / cranks Miche with weirdish 116 BCD mounting -- I was lucky to find one 42 tooth chainring for the spindle (that's why there is only one ring in front) ;)
Rides very smoothly, weights under… Continue
Added by pete korhonen on May 4, 2009 at 7:00am —
yesterday I participated in a group ride organized by BC Hellsinki. Group gathered to the museum of modern art (Kiasma) in Helsinki 11AM. First stop was to say "hello" to the Rainbow Warrior III (Greenpeace's ship) that was visiting the Helsinki harbor.
Shortly after the group (of 34 cyclists total) headed east toward the pictoresque city of Porvoo. Sun was shining, the wind was behind our backs and we arrived in Porvoo around 2PM. People had lunch in a park… Continue
Added by pete korhonen on April 27, 2009 at 8:30am —
this morning I took my first fixed gear ride to work. I survived. It was pretty fun.
Added by pete korhonen on March 27, 2009 at 3:32am —
nice Wednesday afternoon was turning into the evening and I had decied that I will take my Single Speed Atala to the streets of Helsinki for the first time 2009. I was in our buildings bike cellar filling the tires, when a neighbour, apparently moving out from the building, rushed in to the cellar. He greeted me, took a quick look around, sighted and mumbled: "... oh that one, dammit, I cannot fit it into my cargo any more, I guess it has to go the garbage then".
Added by pete korhonen on March 20, 2009 at 4:30am —
The snow fell and melted away.
Back on square one.
Added by pete korhonen on December 16, 2008 at 2:07am —
Helsinki got the first snow of this fall. As a storm. Quite impressive one.
Added by pete korhonen on November 23, 2008 at 5:26pm —
The temperature sunk below zero during the night.
Nice sunshine greeted us in the morning.
Had to take a bicycle ride around.
Added by pete korhonen on November 2, 2008 at 3:23pm —
The two gigs with NMA were a success. Our old stock of CDs was sold out - luckily we were able to find few more in Italy. (Don't ask...), so we might have some stock left for the merchandise table next gig also.
My latest project includes a scrap bicycle found in a forest. Litterally, it was dumped in a bush. I carried it home just to see, that there was some damage above the bottom bracket - I hope the welding is done well so it can be turned into something nice… Continue
Added by pete korhonen on October 10, 2008 at 3:37am —
Sorry about the pause on the postings. There has been some things going on.
Last Sunday I learned that one fellow that used to play in band one of my bands has shared a gig for a couple of times and with whom I have been sitting in a bar chatting, talking having fun had been killed in a fire on carbon monoxide poisoning. R.I.P. So unneccessary, so sad. Gadget called carbon monoxide detector costs around $50. Get one. Today. I did, yesterday.
For that… Continue
Added by pete korhonen on September 25, 2008 at 6:30am —
Our friends and us (me and my girlfriend) spent last weekend in countryside. Some Sauna, some beer, some boardgames, some walking trips outside, some bbq-cooking, fire in the fireplace. Very, very relaxing.
Apples were almost ready.
Barley was almost ready.
Sorbus berries we strikingly red.…
Added by pete korhonen on September 15, 2008 at 3:08am —
Yesterday, we went on recording the forthcoming album. We finalized two more tracks with the rhythm guitar parts and some extras. Quite exiting.
After the session I was cycling home and I ran into a large group of sports fans heading towards the Olympic Stadium of Helsinki (home of Summer Games 1952) where Finland was playing againste Germany in the Football (Soccer for some Americans) World Cup qualifiers. Saw the game in tv, result was 3-3 - which is a good result - Germany being… Continue
Added by pete korhonen on September 11, 2008 at 1:49am —
althought the forecasts tell that the rain will stop today and we will get some sunny and crispy weather. We'll see about that. The lyrics in the title are from Psychoplasma's song called Raining. Excellent song.
Today, after work, I am supposed to go to our "home studio" to help our guitar player to record some track to our punk-rock-bands ("Kätyrit" = The Henchmen) next album. Other guitar player - the one that is used to operate the studio - moved to Manchester… Continue
Added by pete korhonen on September 10, 2008 at 1:30am —
took the usual morning ride to the office.
it was raining. and it was windy. somewhat autumny feeling in the air.
reminded myself that perhaps a mudguard on the rear would not neccessarily harm me.
Added by pete korhonen on September 9, 2008 at 2:30am —