- Tyler Brûlé
the joy of jopo
jopo is a simple bike – and so much more!
Jopo’s durability, the upright riding position and light pedaling qualities make it an outstanding city bike. Because Jopo has foot brakes and no gears, maintenance is very simple.
This fun bike has a long history: The name “Jopo” comes from “jokaisen polkupyörä” which translates into “everyman’s bicycle”, meaning that a Jopo bike can be adjusted to all shapes and sizes. Jopo was invented and is manufactured by the Finnish company Helkama in Finland.
Jopo is a Scandinavian design icon and has the potential to conquer the world. This view is shared by Tyler Brûlé, the man behind the style publications Wallpaper and Monocle. Brûlé highlighted Jopo in his article for the Financial Times: “Just as BMW has done much with the Mini, Helkama is sitting on a 1960s design icon called the Jopo that could become the urban runabout of choice everywhere from Nice to Nagoya.”