Never learned to ride a bicycle as a kid and it wasn't until a year or so ago when I could finally manage to ride one.
Wifey got a smaller bicycle and after trying it out a bit, I got used to not being afraid and wobbling all over the place when a car passed nearby.
As we often cycle to unknown territory, we can get a bit lost at times but thanks to the iPhone 3GS with its GPS and built in compass, we can use Google Maps to track our route.
But cycling while holding the phone is asking like waiting for a hippo with large oppai to crash into you so I went to get a holder to secure the iPhone to the front of the bike. Got it from Sanwa Direct for 2480 yen.
Also picked up a lens protector for the Lumix GF1.
The holder does have a habit of tipping downwards after a while - hopefully a slice of rubber would stop it from doing that.
Tis currently the most decent holder available in Japan - so much so that Amazon have sold out. Probably much nicer ones in the US and Europe. Maybe I can find a cool one in Singapore next month?
Blue skies on a warm sunny day can easily drag one away from the computer. Dropped everything yesterday afternoon to cycle to Tamagawa which was about 10 kilos away from home. Here we stop off at Senzoku Ike park for a rest.
The bicycle is a very common form of transport over here. I actually see more bicycles in Tokyo than in Shanghai.
The most common type of bicycle is called a "mamachari" which is an abbreviation of "Mama's Chariot" - tis a practical bicycle with a basket at the front. The naming comes from many mothers using this type of two wheeler.
If you park your bicycle outside a shop that you are going to shop or eat at then its generally not a problem. Although if you pretend that you are going to shop somewhere and leave your bicycle there, somebody may be watching and remove your two wheeler for you ^^;
Some places have more advanced parking like the one you may have seen before in the Japan Bike Storage photo article.
Some Yasai Itame - fried veggies with some meat. Although its called "Fried veggies" it does come with meat so be careful if you are a vegetarian in Japan ordering "fried veggies."
I'm not a vegetarian myself but do hear horror stories from those who are about the tough times they have trying to order food over here. Are you a vegetarian and have you had interesting experiences ordering grub in Japan?
My current bicycle cost 18000 yen but Big Boss Aki tells me that I should probably spend about 150000 yen if I'm looking to upgrade. His bicycle costs over 1000000 yen after customizations though ^^; Although the does cycle professionally.
This bicycle on the wall looks nice - does cost quite a bit at 273000 yen though.
How much did you invest in your two wheeler?