This time of the year sucks in Finland cyclingwise: rain, snow, slush and below freezing temperatures during nighttime, combined with all of the above elements plus above freezing during daytime. This forces the majority to give up cycling for winter. So many people here in Helsinki are doing their builds for next summer. So are we.
Fridays at the Bikeminimalism towers are always a blast: shooting the shit, exchanging bike specs and general philosophizing. Today some Einstein here started one of those everlong monologues about the benefits of cycling to the environment. One stupid argument led to another. In the end the whole posse was at each other’s throats. Stupidity concentrated, really.
A long intro to the point of building bikes and all that jazz about environmental friendliness: Well, we started to think about it seriously. How much has your bike traveled before you take your first tread on it? And how much carbon emissions has that travel caused? That thought inspired some calculations.
We took each part on one of our builds, checked the origin, added the retailer location into the combo and hey presto: we had the total amount of kilometers clocked. Here’s one (incomplete) calculation:
FRAME: Docici, Milan. Retailer: Milan. Travelled: 2,622 km.
CRANKS: Sugino, Japan. Retailer: London UK. Travelled: 11,341 km.
FORKS: Deda, Italy. Retailer: Helsinki. Travelled: 2,630 km.
SEATPOST: Thomson, USA. Retailer: London, UK. Travelled: 10,587 km.
STEM: Thomson, USA. Retailer: London, UK. Travelled: 10,587 km.
HANDLEBAR: Profile, USA. Retailer: London, UK. Travelled: 10,640 km.
SADDLE: Selle San Marco, ITALY. Retailer: London, UK. Travelled: 2,650 km.
PEDALS: Crank Bros, USA. Retailer: London, UK. Travelled: 11,250 km.
WHEELS: H+Son, USA. Retailer: London, UK. Travelled: 10,650 km.
HEADSET: Chris King, USA. Retailer: London, UK. Travelled: 11,750 km.
You do the maths. Meanwhile we’re gonna take our well-travelled bikes and ride for some beer that’s travelled some 8,000 km’s to be consumed. And no. It’s not Pabst Blue Ribbon. Have a carbon free weekend!