This week’s Reader’s Rig comes from artist Jarkko Juvonen in Finland, who shares his rigid Project 12 Cycleworks patientZERO and the story of his 30-year evolution as a cyclist. See more here…

Words and photos by Jarkko Juvonen (@agelaonsoikea)

I’m Jarkko Juvonen from Kuopio, Finland. I’m a visual artist and technical analyst in IT. I don’t own a car, so I ride my bicycles almost every day. I rode my first century as a teenager. Commuting, touring, bikepacking, non-competitive cycling events with riders riding at party pace or mundane speed rather than racing. If you have read Grant Petersen’s book defining a rider type called “unracer,” you’ll get the idea of my cycling habits.

Project 12 Cycleworks PatientZero

I’ve been riding last 30 years touring and bikepacking in Finland, excluding Lapland. From sub-24s to multi-day journeys on gravel roads, tarmac, fire roads, forest tracks, old railroad routes, and so forth. I take pictures and do sketches along the way. I used to carry my tent, but I am totally fed up with it, so nowadays I just sleep in cabins, motels, hotels, or other facilities, so I don’t have to carry so much stuff on my bike. I usually ride alone.

  • Project 12 Cycleworks PatientZero
  • Project 12 Cycleworks PatientZero

I wanted a bicycle that could handle any weather in summer, autumn, winter, and spring. And also a bike for every type on road and trail. One bike only. Made of premium chromo steel. A-no-race-bike or unracer like the legendary Rivendell Cycleworks bikes.

Michiel Burgerhout from Project 12 Cycleworks built my bike to order. A slack and long geometry rigid bike is the name of the game here. The base model for my bike is patientZERO with a custom geometry: 66-degree steering angle and 74-degree seat tube angle. The bottom bracket is high enough for trail riding and low enough to be nice on gravel roads. The result is a bicycle that is comfortable, easy-going, steady but agile in tight corners. It’s a great bike with every detail just like I want. Even the seatstay bridge and chainstay yoke have been contoured for the rear fender.

  • Project 12 Cycleworks PatientZero
  • Project 12 Cycleworks PatientZero
  • Project 12 Cycleworks PatientZero
Project 12 Cycleworks PatientZero
  • Frame Project 12 Cycleworks patientZERO
  • Fork Salsa CroMoto
  • Rims Rodi Black Jack 25-622
  • Hubs Shimano XT
  • Tires Vittoria Mezcal 65-622 (29 x 2.6”)
  • Handlebars Surly Open Bar
  • Headset Cane Creek Forty
  • Crankset Shimano SLX w/ 32T chainring and BSA Shimano BB
  • Pedals Shimano XT platform
  • Cassette Shimano SLX 11-46T
  • Derailleur Shimano SLX SGS 11-speed
  • Brakes Avid BB7 with sintered brake pads
  • Shifter(s) Shimano SLX 11-speed trigger
  • Saddle Brooks C17 All Weather
  • Seatpost Shimano Pro 31.8 mm x 400mm
  • Stem KCNC Fly
  • Rear bags Ortlieb Front Roller Classic 12.5L
  • Accessory bags Ace Pack Bottle Bag and Ortlieb 20L drysack for the rack
  • Lighting Busch und Müller Lumotec 100 lux front and Busch und Müller Speculite rear
  • Other accessories Tubus Vega rack, Crane bell, SKS 75 long fenders

I’ve ridden about 10,000 kilometers a year in the last 30 years, no matter the weather. The coldest days have been -34 degrees Celsius, and the hottest days +34 degrees Celsius. I’ve got a good collection of Cinelli cycling caps, and I’m obsessed with beautiful chromo steel frames like Moné, Rivendel Bicycle Works, etc.

  • Project 12 Cycleworks PatientZero
  • Project 12 Cycleworks PatientZero

Find more from Jarkko on Instagram @agelaonsoikea.

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