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At the moment I have three bicycles. Something to ride forest roads and single tracks, something to ride long distance touring and something to run errands with.

My hardtail

This is the bicycle I do all more adventurous trips, forest roads and single tracks. I don't usually ride quite as long trips on this bicycle as I ride on my road bicycle. 

At the time of writing it's pretty much a stock Kona Big Honzo (2021 model). I plan to upgrade the grips, stem and handlebar in the near future. Suspension fork will be also upgraded as soon as I have budget to do so.

My fixed gear bicycle

This is my all year commuter and bicycle I run errands with. I like fixed gear bicycles because of durability, simplicity and they make great winter commuters because of that. There's not much that can go wrong.

This bicycle has 48x18 drive train which I find pretty good for city riding. I also do ride some longer distances with this bicycle (usually less than 100km) simply because it's  fun. Frame is 4130 steel frame by Brick Lane Bikes. All the components are pretty generic at the moment and nothing to write home about. However, I'm planning to upgrade to some Nitto and Sugino components later this year (before the coming winter here in Finland). I run 25c tyres during the summer time and 28c tyres during the winter months.

As you may notice, the bicycle only have a front brake. It's because that's more than enough on a fixed gear bicycle. I could easily manage without it, but it's required by law. It also helps during steeper descents.

Feel free to leave a comment if you want to know more details.

My geared road bicycle

My touring bicycle is a 16 speed road bike with aluminum frame and carbon fork. It's nothing special really. It's something I've built. It's trustworthy and I know it inside out. 

Parts list:

  • Frame: Merlin PR7 with carbon fork
  • Headset: FSA, can't remember the model
  • Grankset: Claris FC-R2000
  • Shifters:  Shimano Claris ST-R2000
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Claris FD-R2000-B
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Claris R2000-GS
  • Cassette: Sram PG830
  • Stem: Nitto UI-25 90mm
  • Stem cap: God and Famous titanium cap
  • Handlebar: Velo Orange Nouveau Randonneur 44cm
  • Handlebar tape: BBB RaceRibbon
  • Seatpost: Flandria Classic Micro Adjust 31.8mm
  • Saddle: Brooks Cambium C15 All Weather
  • Wheels: Campagnolo Khamsin C17 with G3 lacing
  • Pedals: MKS Urban Platform with MKS Quarter Clip
  • Tyres: At the moment, Vittoria Rubino Pro 28c
  • Brake pads: Clarks Elite

Why Claris groupset?

Simply because I find it to be very reliable and it's also very easy to find spare parts no matter what part of the world you happen to be in.


Obviously I use some accessories such as waterproof phone mount, handlebar bag and frame bag but those change depending on what kind of touring I'm planning to do. Often I use Restrap large frame bag for tools etc. and AcePac handlebar bag for extra clothes and food.

Feel free to leave a comment if you want to know more details.


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