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December 14, 2016

Winter biking / Ciclismo en invierno / Cyclisme en hiver / Ciclismo de inverno

In English:

Winter biking is natural in Finland, because we have snow and ice during many months. Winter tires or studded tires are must and appropriate clothing ensures the successful biking. Oulu, 600 kilometers / 372 miles to the north of Helsinki, is an excellent example of winter biking town. Biking routes in this beautiful town and what is the best, these routes are well kept quickly soon after snowfall. Age does not limit winter biking. Biking is as natural as walking in winter and it is great fun. Bikers in Oulu are very attentives towards others. They are biking in the way that handlebar does not hit the pedestrian.

The last photo shows postman’s bike. In fact the postman was not a man, but a woman!

En español:

El ciclismo de invierno es natural en Finlandia, porque tenemos la nieve y el hielo durante muchos meses. Los neumáticos de invierno o os neumáticos claveteados son obligatorios y la ropa adecuada asegura el ciclismo del éxito. Oulu, a 600 kilómetros / 372 millas al norte de Helsinki, es un ejemplo excelente de la ciudad de ciclismo de invierno. Las rutas para bicicleta en esta hermosa ciudad son buenas, y lo que es mejor, que las rutas están bien cuidadas rápidamente poco después de las nevadas. La edad no limita el ciclismo de invierno. El ciclismo es tan natural como el paseo en invierno y es muy divertido. Los ciclistas en Oulu son muy considerados para con los demás. Ellos van en bicicleta de la manera que el manillar no golpea el peatón.

La última foto muestra la bicicleta de cartero. De hecho, el cartero no era un hombre, pero ¡una mujer!

En francais:

Le vélo d’hiver est naturel en Finlande, parce que nous avons de la neige et de la glace pendant de nombreux mois. Les pneus d’hiver ou des pneus cloutés vous sont obligatoires et assurent la réussite comme les vêtements adéquates aussi. Oulu, à 600 kilomètres / 372 miles au nord de Helsinki, est un excellent exemple de la ville de cyclisme d’hiver. Les itinéraires cyclables dans cette belle ville, et ce qui est mieux, que les routes sont bien soignés rapidement, peu après les chutes de neige. L’âge ne limite pas le cyclisme d’hiver. Le cyclisme d’hiver est aussi naturel que la marche en hiver et est très agréable. Les cyclistes à Oulu sont très attentifs envers les autres. Les cyclistes en faisant du velo tiennent la compte de la manière que la poignée ne touche pas le piéton.

La dernière photo montre le vélo de facteur. En fait, le facteur était pas un homme, mais une femme!

Em Português:

O ciclismo de inverno é natural na Finlândia porque temos neve e gelo durante muitos meses. Os pneus de inverno ou pneus com pregos são obrigados pra garantir o sucesso como a roupa dequada. Oulu, a 600 km / 372 milhas ao norte de Helsínquia, é um excelente exemplo da cidade de ciclismo do Inverno. Os passeios de bicicleta nesta bela cidade, e o que é melhor, do que as estradas são bem cuidadas rapidamente, logo após a queda de neve. A idade não limita o ciclismo de Inverno. O ciclismo de inverno é tão natural quanto a caminhada no inverno e é muito agradável. Os ciclistas em Oulu são muito atenciosos com os outros. Eles fazem o ciclismo da maneira que o guiador não atingiu o pedestre.

A última foto mostra a bicicleta de carteiro. Na verdade o carteiro não era um homem, mas uma mulher!

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116 Comments »

  1. Amazing!

    Comment by cindy knoke — December 14, 2016 @ 08:15 | Reply

    • Hello Cindy.

      Thank You loving my photos.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 09:31 | Reply

  2. Makes sense, given the weather.

    Comment by Photography Journal Blog — December 14, 2016 @ 08:18 | Reply

    • Hello Photography Journal Blog
      .
      I am glad that You loved my post. Thank You commenting.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 09:36 | Reply

  3. Looks pretty cold but isn’t snow just beautiful – captured so well by you.

    Comment by SueT唐 梦 琇 — December 14, 2016 @ 08:19 | Reply

    • Hi Sue.

      Well, someday it was cold and windy, when I shot these photos. A good dressing helps against the cold. 🙂

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 09:43 | Reply

  4. Your photos of people cycling on the snow are gorgeous, such lovely photos for this time of year.

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller — December 14, 2016 @ 09:30 | Reply

    • Hello Marion.

      Isn’t awesome that people can bike in winter, in cold winter and in snow. Oulu is a real biking town in Finland.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 09:51 | Reply

  5. Bonjour Matti,
    Pour nous, en France, pétrifiés dès que tombent trois flocons, ces images font presque irréelles !
    Certains mettent les grands moyens, avec des pneus extra-larges !
    Belle journée, bien au chaud.

    Comment by Marion B. — December 14, 2016 @ 09:45 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marion.

      Eh bien, voici un commentaire vraiment sympa que j’ai reçu! Tout le monde de leur propre pays sont habitués à des choses différentes, en Finlande le vélo d’hiver est naturel. 🙂 Merci beaucoup.

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 10:02 | Reply

  6. Cycling in the snow seems to be very fun. Do they only use winter tires during the winter season?

    Comment by wakasahs15th — December 14, 2016 @ 10:09 | Reply

    • Hello Wakasahs15th.

      Yes, people do need change winter tires with spikes that cycling would be safe. Fat tires are quite new phenom in Finland. In Oulu, I have seen few. If biking in winter requires winter tires, so need our cars. They are obligatory with spikes or without. In the south on Helsinki area, people use winter tires without spikes, but further to the north mainly with spikes. Thank You.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 11:07 | Reply

  7. Do some people remove the tyres? And dont your knees get cold? Questions questions ha ha. Great photos as ever. Love it. Do you go winter biking and how often do you fall off 🙂 In China people wear protective guards over there legs and knees (I get the taxi LOL) Where you live looks amazing btw

    Comment by Andy Smart — December 14, 2016 @ 11:04 | Reply

    • Hi Andy.

      Yes Andy, we must changes tires for winter due to man’s own health. We are not biking in winter, only in summer. No, knees and feet do not get cold, because good winter cloths help. Biking people generally do not catch a cold! Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 11:14 | Reply

  8. How wonderful! We all put our bikes away in the snow, here in the UK 😦

    Comment by chrissiedixie — December 14, 2016 @ 11:18 | Reply

    • Hello Chrissie.

      I am glad that You loved my post and its photos. Habits and customs differ in many countries and winter biking belongs to our habits. Thank You.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 11:27 | Reply

  9. Lovely photos 🙂 It reminds me of my student years in Kokkola. Now that I look back, I can see that biking in winter is not so common in other countries unlike Finland. When I was living there, I never gave a second thought to it 🙂

    Comment by Pooja @lostinprettyeurope — December 14, 2016 @ 11:29 | Reply

    • Hello Pooja @lostinprettyeurope.

      Thank you for Your kind comment. It was a surprise that You have lived in Kokkola. BTW, did You ever saw my Kokkola post?

      Neristan Old Town in Kokkola.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 11:41 | Reply

      • Some very wonderful photos you have of Kokkola old town, it brings back my memories from the city.

        Comment by Pooja @lostinprettyeurope — December 14, 2016 @ 12:00 | Reply

        • Hello Pooja @lostinprettyeurope.

          I am glad that You loved my old Kokkola photos. Thank you.

          Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 12:58 | Reply

  10. Con tus fotos y textos nos acercas siempre a lugares, costumbres y ambientes que, personalmente, agradezco muchísimo.
    excelentes imágenes; la bicicleta del cartero (mujer, según dices) es fantástica.
    Saludos desde Madrid.

    Comment by Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós — December 14, 2016 @ 11:45 | Reply

    • Hola Isabel.

      Muchas gracias, agradezco tus comentarios! Bueno, piensalo el cartero con su carga pesada en invierno! Ellos son realmente expertos / Ellas son realmente expertas!

      ¡Todo lo mejor para usted!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 11:52 | Reply

  11. Riding in the snow looks like hard work.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — December 14, 2016 @ 13:20 | Reply

    • Hello Carol.

      Hard – well yes indeed. Can You imagine that when biking in cold and snow, You may sweat because the bike is heavy to pedal due to cold? When I was young, this happened to me often when biking to the school. Thank You commenting

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 13:27 | Reply

      • I can believe it would be sweaty work. That must be uncomfortable when it’s so cold.

        Comment by the eternal traveller — December 14, 2016 @ 22:16 | Reply

        • Hello Carol.

          Different country with different habits. Blogs each us things which we normally do not know. Thank You commenting.

          Have a great day!

          Comment by Sartenada — December 15, 2016 @ 14:09 | Reply

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post on Cold weather cycling tips. Loved you pics of winter biking in Finland!

    Comment by Tony — December 14, 2016 @ 14:04 | Reply

    • Hi Tony.

      It was a great joy to see Your post. I am glad that You loved my post. Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 14:07 | Reply

  13. I like the idea of winter biking but I’m not sure I’d be comfortable actually doing it!

    Comment by KerryCan — December 14, 2016 @ 14:15 | Reply

    • Hello Kerry.

      Thank you commenting. Many people bike to work and some bike to shopping. That’s why in many bikes there are baskets.

      Have a wonderful day

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2016 @ 14:22 | Reply

  14. It’s wonderful to see so many people of all ages biking in winter. Of course, having bikeways cleared of snow helps. I used to do quite a bit of biking when I was younger. I haven’t done much since we moved to the mountains — going downhill is fun, but the trip back gets to be very hard!

    Comment by seniorhiker — December 14, 2016 @ 16:32 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Thank You. We do not bike in winter, only in summer. The number of electric bicycles, e-bikes or booster bikes are increasing here. I think that its popularity is due its easy use and increasing the lenght of trips. When getting older, it helpsuphills.

      Have goood day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 15, 2016 @ 08:27 | Reply

  15. I sent this to a friend here in Oaxaca who does a lot of mountain biking (he is 71). I know he will enjoy your photos! Great post!

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — December 14, 2016 @ 16:58 | Reply

    • Hello Marilyn.

      Oh, thank You sending this post to Your friend. Age has no limits when having outdoor activities like cycling. I am one year older than Your friend is. 🙂

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 15, 2016 @ 08:30 | Reply

  16. It’s impossible to see in my town like this scenery.
    Because we have rarely snow. So we don’t have bike that
    can run on the snow.

    Comment by 洋子 — December 14, 2016 @ 17:18 | Reply

    • Hello 洋子.

      Thank You commenting. I understand very well You. I think that it is great to see what happens in different countries and having possibility to their habits and manners.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — December 15, 2016 @ 08:39 | Reply

  17. It’s really cool that folks can still get on on bikes there in winter. I don’t get to see much of that here and haven’t tried it myself.

    Comment by montucky — December 14, 2016 @ 17:34 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      Yes it is. I have ha opportunity to compare biking in Mikkeli and Oulu. Both of them are bikeable towns, but Oulu is the best. We bike only in summer and next summer, I will present our biking photos in Oulu.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 15, 2016 @ 11:11 | Reply

  18. I guess cycling helps to keep you warm 🙂 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful festive season, Sartenada.

    Comment by restlessjo — December 14, 2016 @ 17:34 | Reply

    • Hello Johanna.

      Yes it keeps us warm is true. It is good exercise for a man and it maintains condition wonderfully, not to forget that it helps with loss of weight. Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 15, 2016 @ 11:25 | Reply

  19. I could recognize the spikes and the thread of the winter tyres. Looks like they are very safe on snow and your compatriots are used to bike on snow.
    As here in Germany Finnish people obviously don’t really like to use helmets. At least you won’t see many of them. On your photos I only discovered a helmeted lady as well as the helmet fixed at the bicycle of the postman (postwoman). ^^
    Thanks for showing your winter bikers, Matti! Have a nice week!
    Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — December 14, 2016 @ 19:09 | Reply

    • Hello Michèle.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. Yes in many case people do not love helmets. In summer, I see many helmets, but in winter, the problem is cold and windy weather especially. Think about the weather being about -15℃ / 5℉. Protecting the head against the cold is important, that brains do not freeze. More important in winter is to check the real feel of cold. It means that the wind makes the cold weather feel colder. One example from our life. One morning in Oulu, we decided to go outside for a walk. We checked that the temperature was -9℃ / 15.8℉, which is nothing for us. After a short walk, we noticed that the headwind was heavy and cold. After a walk of 3.5 km / 2.2mi, we had to go the library to warm up. Inside we checked the temperature again, the real feel was -22℃ / -7.6℉. This happened last winter. This was nice lesson to us in winter we have check the temperature and real feel from our phones.

      Now, the problem in winter is how to combine helmet and head protection against the cold. The snow is softer than ice and asphalt if you down anyway. My lesson is practical for those coming in winter that wind-stopping cloths are as important than warm clothes. We use helmets while biking and we bike only in summer. Next year I will prove this in one of my post presenting our biking in Oulu.

      Have a god day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 15, 2016 @ 12:19 | Reply

      • Thanks for your comprehensive explanation, Matti! Indeed, it’s sometimes difficult to combine the protection against falls/accidents and against the winter coldness outside. And it’s really different if there’s additional wind or not. Good to have these indications about the “reel feel” – no matter what the thermometer says.
        I’m already looking forward to seeing your planned post about biking in Oulu (next year)! ^^

        Comment by ladyfromhamburg — December 16, 2016 @ 18:28 | Reply

        • Hello Michèle.

          Thank You. It is very modest post showing us biking here and there in Oulu. 🙂

          Happy weekend.

          Comment by Sartenada — December 17, 2016 @ 09:16 | Reply

  20. Studded snow tires for bicycles, that’s brilliant! I’ve never heard of them, but in California who would have?

    Comment by foresterartist — December 14, 2016 @ 19:16 | Reply

    • Hello foresterartist.

      That’s right. Knowing our world widens our knowledge and understanding how people live abroad. Thank You commenting.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 15, 2016 @ 12:41 | Reply

  21. Très rafraîchissante ces photos de biking hivernal en Finlande 🙂 Merci pour le partage !

    Comment by chantaki — December 14, 2016 @ 19:27 | Reply

    • Bonjour Chantaki.

      Je suis ravi que mes photos vous plaisent. Merci beaucoup,d’avoir fait le commentaire si gentil.

      Bonne journée.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 15, 2016 @ 13:00 | Reply

  22. thanks for this ~ where I/we live is not so “northern” by any means compared to your country — but your photos remind me that a year ago Betty and I rode a few times in the snow. My problem (and most people?) is having the extremities adequately protected from the cold ! brrrrr !

    Comment by betunada — December 14, 2016 @ 19:43 | Reply

    • Hello Betunada.

      Thank You. Biking or even driving in winter on snowy roads differ very much from summer biking and driving. I am glad that You have tested biking in the snow.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 15, 2016 @ 13:10 | Reply

  23. I guess if you are well dressed and the right tyres, biking on snow is ok. There deems not much traffic where those bikes are, so that is great . Get the thermals on and bike, I would love to go for it.

    Comment by utesmile — December 14, 2016 @ 20:02 | Reply

    • Hello Ute.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. Not so much traffic due to the time when I went out for photographing. Generally, people stare at the temperature, but it is wise to check the real feel of temperature! Warm and wind-stopping clothes are okay,

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 15, 2016 @ 13:23 | Reply

  24. How wonderful… I am loving this post, dear Sartenada 🐻 . I bet one will be needing lots of energy to cope with the bike in the snow… Not to mention legs strenght! 😉
    Great photographs in motion…. wishing you happy holidays… ❤ 🙂

    Comment by Aquileana — December 14, 2016 @ 20:13 | Reply

    • Hello Aquileana.

      You noticed many positive things, which have benefits of biking or winter biking. Thank You loving my post and my photos.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 15, 2016 @ 13:44 | Reply

  25. Bonsoir Matti
    Cela doit être un plaisir de faire du vélo dans toute cette neige,
    et sans voitures en plus, le rêve. . . .
    Très belles photos.
    Je te souhaite une belle journée.
    Hervé

    Comment by vever02 — December 14, 2016 @ 20:19 | Reply

    • Bonjour Hervé.

      C’est un grand plaisir de faire du velo dans la neige vraiment. On doit avoir des vêtements chauds et qui empêchent le vent.Merci de m’avoir fait un commentaire.

      Bonne journée. Matti.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 15, 2016 @ 14:02 | Reply

  26. What a fun photo collage! I have never tried biking in winter, I’m too scared of falling over.

    Comment by Suvi — December 14, 2016 @ 22:30 | Reply

    • Maybe the snow would be soft to fall into, Suvi?

      Comment by Yvonne — December 15, 2016 @ 08:01 | Reply

      • Yvonne. I reply instead of Suvi. Yes, it is, but if there is ice under the snow, then…

        Matti.

        Comment by Sartenada — December 16, 2016 @ 08:50 | Reply

      • Heheh here in the South of Finland the roads are usually icy in winter and it hurts a lot to fall, even if just walking! 😱

        Comment by Suvi — December 16, 2016 @ 16:43 | Reply

        • Hu Suvi.

          I know, same thing is valid in Mikkeli and Oulu. Few years ago, we bought removable non-slip heels to our shoes. They are handy, easy to remove and mount. Thank you.

          Happy weekend.

          Comment by Sartenada — December 17, 2016 @ 09:14 | Reply

    • Hi Suvi.

      I am glad that You loved my biking photos. Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 16, 2016 @ 08:12 | Reply

  27. It’s quite unusual , here , to byke in winter….
    But seeing all those people in your photos , pedaling through the snow , I wonder why we are so scared….
    Thanks for this share , this post is awesome!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — December 14, 2016 @ 22:38 | Reply

    • Hello Anna.

      When winter biking people must be careful that not to fall down. Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 16, 2016 @ 08:43 | Reply

  28. That looks like an excellent way to get around. I’d like to be the person on skis instead of a bike.

    Comment by Yvonne — December 15, 2016 @ 08:02 | Reply

    • Hello Yvonne.

      Thank You. Skiing is also popular in Finland. I mean real skiing, not downhill skiing. 🙂 For some people winter biking is normal, because they are used to it.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 16, 2016 @ 08:48 | Reply

  29. We have winter biking here too. A lot of people use the fat tire bikes.

    Comment by Sue Slaght — December 15, 2016 @ 21:52 | Reply

    • Hello Sue.

      I have never tested fat bikes, but I can guess that they are awesome winter bikes. Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 16, 2016 @ 08:53 | Reply

  30. Oh It’s grate.
    Snow bike I find first in your site.

    Comment by キース — December 17, 2016 @ 06:01 | Reply

    • Hello Keith.

      I am glad that You visited my site and got information about biking in snow. 🙂 Thank You.

      幸せな週末!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 17, 2016 @ 09:21 | Reply

  31. Wow! They are so cool, I can not even walk well on snow.
    Do you both have some bikes? Also go winter biking?
    I know the color of “Postii”, it’s very cute yellow, I like.
    Have a good weekend!
    Kiitos 🙂

    Misa

    Comment by Misa — December 17, 2016 @ 08:48 | Reply

    • Hello Misa.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. In many cases, walking in snow depends about the material of the shoe sole. If You will come to Finland in winter, You could buy to Your shoes removable non-slip heels (irroitetttavat liukuesteet). In many supermarkets, there are “quick” cobbler who sell these.

      幸せな週末!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 17, 2016 @ 09:29 | Reply

  32. Lovely photos, you have inspired me to try to find snow biking here in Canada!

    Comment by itmightbelinda — December 17, 2016 @ 15:18 | Reply

    • Hello Linda.

      I am glad if my post inspired You for winter biking. Anyway, be careful. 🙂 Thank You commenting.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 18, 2016 @ 09:21 | Reply

  33. Loved this post! 🙂 Congrats for your great job!

    Comment by pasaencasa — December 17, 2016 @ 15:57 | Reply

    • Hola Pasaencasa.

      How lovely to read Your kind commenr. Thank You.

      ¡Que tengas un muy buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 18, 2016 @ 09:23 | Reply

  34. nice! fun!
    also i will enjoy biking this year. my hus present new bicycle as Christnas gift(^^)

    Comment by kanaconnie — December 18, 2016 @ 07:54 | Reply

    • Hello Connie.

      Sounds great. New bike is wonderful Christmas present. I love the idea. 🙂 We bike only in summer, not in winter. Do You have there good cycle route? Thank You commenting.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 18, 2016 @ 09:35 | Reply

  35. So so so cool! What a winter culture. 🙂 I’m currently not in the US. I’m in Japan, and I have no vehicle. I do miss driving, but then again, I really don’t miss driving :D. I found joy in walking and commuting by train. I am completely fine with this kind of routine rather than having to drive a car all the time.

    Comment by rommel — December 18, 2016 @ 14:46 | Reply

    • Hello Rommel.

      How nice that You commented my post. We love driving, but now after moving to Helsinki few months ago, we drive lesser and lesser, because inside Helsinki there is no need of car, due to excellent bus, tram, metro and local train connections. Anyway, we need our car, because we have our second home far away in the north and not forgetting photographic trips around in Finland. Anyway, we enjoy Helsinki after being away about 30 years. Japan must be interested. Last time when I visited there was in 1971. 🙂

      Have a good start of new week.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 19, 2016 @ 08:48 | Reply

  36. Wow, riding on the snow.
    Wonderful !!!

    Comment by Si, Soy Gallega — December 18, 2016 @ 22:30 | Reply

    • Hello Si, Soy Gallega.

      I am glad that You loved my winter biking photos. Thank you.

      Have a great start of new week.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 19, 2016 @ 08:52 | Reply

      • A very happy New year, for both of you.
        Cheers!!

        Comment by Si, Soy Gallega — December 19, 2016 @ 09:26 | Reply

        • Feliz año 2017. Espero que sea un buen año para ti y tus seres queridos.

          Comment by Sartenada — December 19, 2016 @ 09:36 | Reply

  37. I am surprised to ride a bicycle on snow. \ (^ O ^) /

    Comment by katsumoriyama — December 21, 2016 @ 04:31 | Reply

    • Hello Katsumoriyama.

      As You saw, biking in winter in snow is possible in Finland. Many people love it really. Thank You commenting.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 21, 2016 @ 08:26 | Reply

  38. Wonderful series of photos, dear Sartenada!!
    Greetings, Pat

    Comment by Patrizia M. — December 22, 2016 @ 17:57 | Reply

    • Hello Pat.

      Who could have ever thought at biking in snow / winter is possible and that it is a great fun. Thank You.

      Happy holidays!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 23, 2016 @ 07:59 | Reply

  39. Merry Christmas!
    Wish your happy holiday.

    Kiitos 🙂

    Misa

    Comment by Misa — December 24, 2016 @ 15:41 | Reply

    • こんにちは Misa.

      My heart sings when receiving Your Merry Christmas wishes, because I have been sick three days, today better am better. コメントありがとうございます。

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — December 25, 2016 @ 09:36 | Reply

      • I’m sad to hear that you were sick lately, but you’re better now, it is very good.
        Please take care of yourself.
        I hope you have a happy new year!
        Kiitos 🙂

        Comment by Misa — December 25, 2016 @ 16:48 | Reply

        • Misa ありがとう!

          あけましておめでとう! 🙂 Matti.

          Comment by Sartenada — December 26, 2016 @ 09:22 | Reply

  40. Having lived in snowy New Hampshire, I still don’t know how people manage to bike in the snow without the tires getting clogged with snow. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, Sartenada.

    Comment by Karen — December 26, 2016 @ 02:22 | Reply

    • Hello Karen.

      Thank You. Maybe people started their winter biking already when being child, as I did. 🙂 My school trip was about 5 miles one way and I biked in winter too.

      Happy New Year!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 26, 2016 @ 09:36 | Reply

      • Thank you Sartenada, wishing you and your family all the best in the New Year.

        Comment by Karen — December 30, 2016 @ 21:58 | Reply

  41. I’ve never done this:) happy holidays!

    Comment by Tanja — December 27, 2016 @ 16:57 | Reply

    • Hello Tanja.

      Well, finally, it is not so difficult, but it needs some practice. 🙂 Thank You commenting.

      Happy Holidays!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 28, 2016 @ 09:28 | Reply

  42. Very nice – beautiful

    Comment by Mark A. Morin — December 28, 2016 @ 16:55 | Reply

    • Hi, Mark.

      I am glad that You loved this post. Thank You.

      Happy New Year!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 30, 2016 @ 08:19 | Reply

  43. Great pictures of ‘winter Finland’ Matti! Happy 2017 to you and your family!

    Comment by Tiny — January 3, 2017 @ 00:52 | Reply

    • Hello Helen.

      Thank You. Same to You and Yours. I had little “Christmas” pause with my posts, but starting from tomorrow, I will post bimonthly a new post. Tomorrow, I’ll show what Helsinki City museum presented recently.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 3, 2017 @ 08:02 | Reply

  44. I remember cycling throughout the year when I was in uni in Joensuu. Some winter days were challenging when the wind was blowing against me on the big bridge over the river and regardless how I pedalled, I didn’t seem to make much progress! 🙂

    Comment by Minna (I Basically Travel) — January 15, 2017 @ 19:08 | Reply

    • Hello Minna.

      I understand you very well. Winter biking differs very much from biking in summer and headwind is hard for a walker in the cold. 🙂 Thank You leaving your comment.

      Have a great start of new week.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 16, 2017 @ 07:57 | Reply

  45. Nice pics again!! I gotta try winter biking now! 😆🖒

    Comment by Dreamvoyager — January 31, 2017 @ 18:46 | Reply

  46. It was in Finland where I rode my bike with snow for the frist time (and I didn’t fall haha)

    Comment by Rubí(n) — May 9, 2017 @ 10:43 | Reply

    • Hello Rubi(n)

      Anyway, You made it. Congratulations! Tomorrow I will publish summer biking in Oulu in 2016.

      Thank You.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 9, 2017 @ 11:41 | Reply

  47. Another gorgeous winter post with a lovely collection of action photos,dear Matti!It’s amazing how easily people can bike on the pure thick white snow!It’s not slippery at all,they feel safe and it’s good work out to keep them warm and energetic!Thank you dear friend for giving me the chance to come by and enjoy the magnificent place you live in 🙂

    Comment by DG MARYOGA — August 9, 2017 @ 18:24 | Reply

    • Hello Doda.

      Yes, it is amazing indeed. Many people bike for shopping or to their works. It seems so easy and enjoyable. I have seen some senior citizen to use their bikes’ handlebar where to put shopping bag and walking. This means that the handlebar acts helping them, when their strength has gone during the years. Thank You.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 10, 2017 @ 07:48 | Reply

      • Absolutely,it’s so practical and useful at the same time,for young and old people.Enjoy a wonderful summer day 🙂

        Comment by DG MARYOGA — August 10, 2017 @ 15:28 | Reply


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