​Bicycle will set you free

For the last 32 years, I have lived in the 3rd biggest city of the country (300000 people), Patras. When I started commuting by bicycle there the bicycle infrastructure was non-existent. Bicycle culture, in general, was non-existent. People parked their car whenever they wanted to make pedestrians and cyclists (the few brave ones that )…

The 10 essential rules to survive the concrete jungle on a bike

For a cyclist to use his/her bike as means of transportation in a big non-bicycle-friendly city is a daily struggle for survival (if you live in Denmark or the Netherlands or another civilized country with bicycle paths you can pass this article) that requires abilities and great effort. Drivers will take many years to start…

My very simplistic argument about bicycle helmet use

One of the most long-lasting debates in cycling is how mandatory should be the use of the bicycle helmet or if the helmet actually prevents head injuries in cyclists or not. There is one neuroscientist who claims that Helmets are useless while in the same country an other one believes that helmets save liveshelmets save…

Immortal machines with soul

What a strange sight to see in a big city. A machine that seems to defy the laws of our modern society, a society in which everything -even its people- seem fragile and temporary. Rolling perfectly for 60 years despite its rough treatment and lack of maintenance, always loaded with groceries, tools and scrap with…

The Art of Escaping the Stale Norm

Once, after a family visit, my father and I left the rest of the family at home and went for a drive to find parking. After driving around for too long trying to find one, we ended up getting caught up in a heavy spell of rain. So, stepping out of the car, I stood…