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I ride to see places. I ride to find myself. I ride to be free. I ride to be true to myself. I'm a 37-year-old man from Finland. 

I've always had this urge to push myself to the limits or at least try to experience as much as possible. Experiences turn into stories and stories are what makes us who we are. This blog is all about gathering stories from the road by riding a bicycle. Also, see some background about why this blog exists.

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So, who am I and what's this blog is all about?

I'm a guy from Finland, from the land of northern lights and reindeers. I have this fixation with long distance cycling and it doesn't seem to vanish for the foreseeable future, so I might as well just talk about it. Pretty much endlessly too.
Welcome to my blog, I'm keen on sharing my upcoming journeys with you.
What's long distance cycling?

Generally speaking when I talk about long distance cycling I mean travelling more than 200 kilometers by bicycle. On this blog I will talk about my experiences on long distance cycling, sharing some tips how to make it more enjoyable as well as just simply stories from the road. Believe or not, when on the road lots of things can happen!

What do I need to start long distance cycling?
Glad you asked, I will make this a separate blog post in the future but to summarize it:
Nothing special. Obviously you'll need a bicycle. The one you have already will be fine assuming it's the right size for you and you're comfortable riding i…

Bicycle Maintenance: Basics

Bicycles are very durable little machines. However, like any mechanical thing, they do need some maintenance sometimes.
If you ride a lot of kilometers per year, maintaining your bicycle is even more important. Even more so in long distance riding. You wouldn't want something to break when you're 300 kilometers from home.

How do I maintain my bicycles?
I ride two bicycles, a fixed gear bike for work commuting  (32km per day) and for running errands. Another bicycle I own is for long distance riding, I tend to ride three to four long distance trips every month.
For the every day bicycle, maintenance is very minimal and easy. Fixed gear bikes are very durable as they don't have much that can go wrong very easily. I keep the chain lubricated and clean. I keep the bike reasonably clean overall. Periodically I check that the chain is not streched too much and that chainring and sprocket are not worn too much. They are easy and cheap to replace. On my fixed gear bicycle I have a fro…

How to find motivation for cycling

It might be sometimes hard to get motivated to go for a ride. It's all fine when you start because usually you have a lot of roads to see and routes to ride. After riding these same routes for multiple times they might become boring. Especially if the rides are not very long distance ones.

However, I have some tips on how I keep things meaningful. Fortunately, on long distance riding it's possible to vary the routes in multiple ways to make them more interesting. However it does not matter how long you're going to ride, you'll have to leave from your home and ride all those familiar roads for sometime until you find something new.
How do I keep things interesting?
Usually I try to find (using a map) some beautiful places to go and see. They can be beautiful views, old caves, churches, bridges or something like "what's the smallest town where I could ride to?". Possibilities are endless really. Of course it's also possible to take a train and travel somew…