Sunday, May 16, 2010

Jopo

Produced by Helkama, the Jopo first appeared for purchase by the generally public in 1965. Designed by Eero Rislakki and Erkki Rahikainen the Jopo was meant to be a bicycle for everyone, regardless of gender, age, or size. Its very name Jopo is derived from the term Jokaisen Polkupyörä which means everyone's bicycle.

The frame of the original Jopo was assembled from components of stamped steel sheetmetal. The production of the original Jopo came to an end in 1974. In 2000 the original design was revived, but instead of a sheetmetal frame the new "retro"Jopo features a frame constructed of steel tubing. The original design lines have been preserved.

What makes the design of this bike so great in my opinion are the seat and handlebars that can be adjusted to accommadate any rider. While this is definitely not the bike for you if you are planning 100 km road trips, it is perfect for city riding and nice little rides in the country.




I picked up a new Jopo the other day. With the amazing, unseasonably warm weather that we have in Finland at the moment, please forgive me for cutting this entry off short. I'm going for a bike ride.

1 comment:

  1. Great read! I wish these were available in the USA at a reasonable price.

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