Hello there, readers! I bet you didn’t see this coming now did you? I am posting, ha! I kidd, I kidd of course ( not that you would be thinking about me anyway, traitors…) But seriously, I have not posted in a while and for that reason decided to make this post a simple one: Only two topics.
Lately I have been feeling like I need to get in touch with my own field a bit more again. Just to know what is going on out there (as you might recall, I am supposed to be a designer). I did visit Habitare (a Finnish design fair) this year and after that I started to think that I would like to get a design magazine subscription. I considered many magazines, some Finnish, some foreign, but when I started to really think about it, I just decided that I had to get THE magazine, I had to get IT. And by IT, I of course mean Wallpaper* . It is supposed to be a good blend of architecture, design, fashion and art. I´ve got a year´s subscription that is guaranteed to end without a single telemarketer calling me to renew my subscription.
12 issues of Wallpaper* is my trial period, maybe 2015 I´ll get something else. I will tell you later what I think about it when my subscription starts. And yes, I did get the traditional paper version, for a few reasons: My flatmates probably want to read it, I don’t have a smart phone yet, the iPad I use is my sister´s and when the magazine has been thoroughly studied at home, I will take it to my workplace. Because it is only 12 issues a year, I figured it is not such a waste since so many people will be able to read it.
And then there is of course the topic of HE, my new life companion. He weighs 9 kg, and has speeded up my life significantly. He is a Ridley X-bow (Crossbow), 2014 model, a cyclocross bicycle. I think I had already given my little finger to the bikedevil when I bought Shimano racing glasses a few months back… But they are just so goddamn handy in cold weather!!! I bike about 4000 km a year, and after careful consideration, I decided to buy a cyclocross bike, even though my previous bike was of “grandma style” (If you just read it gangnam style, you might have a psy fixation)
Being quite expensive to my taste, the X-bow has gotten some well deserved special attention from me, he sleeps in my room, is with me at work(indoors) and occasionally needs cleaning in shower. For some unknown reason my colleagues have started to ask questions about when we [me and x-bow, to whom I refer to as Tiger, or Tony (no relation to Kellogg´s Tony the Tiger!)] are going to register our relationship. I think it is just a question of loving the things you live with, taking care of them, so they will last longer.
To anyone considering buying a new bicycle, I recommend considering your own needs for the bike. For most people, a low maintenance bike with relatively good parts, easy to use, is the best. It depends how much you use it, and of course how much money you are willing to put in it. You still have the chance, I totally lost control after test riding the X-bow, I just HAD to get it. I have to admit, I haven’t regretted buying it even for a second. I’ll be sure to let you know how the X-bow handles during the winter, I ride my bike regardless of the weather. And as I might have expressed to some of you, winter cycling is a completely different sport. It takes a certain kind of person (crazy and stubborn as heck).
After buying the bike I´ve learnt a few important lessons in adjusting brakes, gears and pumping presta valves. Thank you Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim for the existence of YouTube!