I got this email from my old college roommate Alyssa who is studying design in Europe:
The elusive, original Jopo (yo-po) was sighted today! It was Finland's
version of the Ford, only for bikes. In its inception it was
utilitarian, but not very desirable from a kids perspective. Now a
days, these originals are the hottest bike in Finland, when I first
arrived in town I went to the local used bike store to track one down,
but no luck.
As you can imagine the bike shop owner laughed at me, we
had a nice long discussion about the Jopo's. If you see one on the
street, it probably won't be there for long, as they are the number
one (desirable) bike that is stolen in the Helsinki area. With the
high production runs on these original models it makes you
wonder....Where have all the Jopo gone?
Suddenly, I want a Jopo.