Fitness isn't a goal, it's a side effect

If you or a friend are cycling to get fit and not enjoying it then cycle to the shops instead. Before you know it you'll be fit, car free and better off financially.

How to Turn Your Old Mountain Bike Into a Tidy Commuter

Need a new commuter bike? Maybe not, because with a few cheap and easy modifications you can convert your mountain bike into a lighter faster commuter bicycle. Here's how ...

Japan's National Bicycle Commuting Ban

Strict government regulations and inflexible insurance rules effectively force companies in Japan to ban their employees from cycling to work. It's time for a change.

Cycling at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

We're excited that Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympic Games! Read on to learn what we know of the cycling events and facilities planned for Tokyo.

The Tokyo Great Cycling Tour

Tokyo, its better by bike. Don't simply witness Tokyo through the window of a bus or a train, take a bicycle tour and get out there amongst the action.

Cycling My Fuji and Fuji's Five Lakes

Climbing Mt Fuji by bicycle is a ride you have to put on your bucket list. The Pro's do it every year at the Tour of Japan, but us mortals can do it anytime we like.

September 29, 2010

Tokyo Alley Cat Race November 7, 2010

PISS DRUNK PISTA is a free monthly meet, riders club for fixie junkies in the Tokyo Metro area. All are welcome to join on their monthly ride. See the poster below for details of November's ride.


September 16, 2010

NUTS!fes 2010 - No Bike, No NUTS!fes

After last year’s tremendous success the organizers of NUTS!fes have decided to expand their horizons a little and launch themselves into another fantastic open air music festival... "NUTS!fes 2010"


The event is a two day open air music festival aimed at raising awareness about pollution global warming, deforestation and other ecological issues.

But what sets this music festival apart is that you can only gain entry by bicycle.

NO BIKE NO NUTS!FES

So leave all your gas guzzlers at home, mount your two wheeled vehicle and get peddling to NUTS!FES 2010.

Spread the word and bring all your friends!

For all the details, including artist and event lists, visit the NUTS!fes 2010 homepage.

September 14, 2010

Cycling the Miura Peninsula - Video

Last April Greg McNevin borrowed my loaner bike for a cycling trip around the Izu Peninsula and to my delight compensated me with a six pack of Sapporo Black Label beer and a set of new brake pads.

At it again, last weekend Greg completed a two day, 130km tour of the Miura Peninsula.  The carefully planned trip saw the distance split sensibly over two days.  Day one consisted of 120km stretch followed by 10km the following day .. oops!

Anyway, here is a video of he ride that Greg shot along the way for us all to enjoy.

September 09, 2010

Mama-chari, not just for transporting your kids.

A while ago a reader asked if I knew of bicycle shop that has a lot of different mama-chari on display as she was planning a purchase but wanted to compare a number of different models.  Unfortunately even the larger bicycle stores that sell mama-chari really do offer only a limited range of the wide varieties to choose from.  I directed her to amazon.co.jp where she could browse and compare models before deciding to purchase.

Of course mama-chari are for transporting children, so being a father myself  I eventually asked about her children.  In return I received the following photograph :

In order for my reader's 17kg staffordshire terrier to get a good run each day they had to travel over an hour on foot via Shibuya to the excursive yard in Yoyogi park.  But with a mama-chari that time could be reduced dramatically.

So if you see a cream Angelino mama-chari with an enormous black staffy up front cruising Shibuya or Yoyogi, you know you've spotted another resourceful Tokyo By Bike reader.

Aside from children what unconventional items, or pets have you transported by mama-chari?

September 08, 2010

Coast to Coast Bicycle Challenge - October 10-11


A note from The Three Amigos:

The next Japan C2C is coming up and we are excited.

This two-day ride is ideal for the entry level cyclist as well as the experienced cyclist who desires a leisurely ride.


The ride will begin at Nagoya Port and end at Tsuruga port where we will have a celebratory meal before catching the train back.  The ride will be partially supported as we will have a car accompanying us to carry most of your luggage.  However every rider will be expected to have what he or she needs for the ride itself.  Please see the list below.

If there is enough interest we may also consider having a group start in Kansai, and we will all rendezvous at our accommodation in Nagahama on Lake Biwa.

To cover administrative costs and support vehicle with a driver, there will be a 10,000 yen non refundable registration fee which needs to be paid by Sept 30th.  This event is in aid of needy families and we encourage everyone to use this adventure to raise as much money as possible for those who are less fortunate than ourselves.  HOPE International Development Agency can help you by providing you a pledge page on the HOPE Global Challenge Website where you can direct sponsors.  On the registration form you will see various targets and projects you can raise funds for.

We hope you can join us.  Register Now!

The Three Amigos
Japan C2C

When
October 10-11, 2010 (Sun-Mon is a national holiday)

Where
Day 1 / Nagoya Port to Nagahama, Biwako (90 kms)
Day 2 / Nagahama to Tsuruga Port (50 kms)
See the planned route here

Accommodation
Nagahama Cycling Center (Website, in Japanese only)

Cost
  • 10,000 yen registration fee
  • Approx: 10,000 yen in accommodation and food costs. The actual accommodation at cost 3,500 yen per person, leaving plenty in your budget for food and drink.
Fundraising
Minimum fundraising target of 10,000 yen for HOPE International Development Agency. Choose your own target and project:
  • 10,000 yen for a tent for one family in the Flood Zone of Pakistan
  • 25,000 yen for 25 Hygiene Kits for 25 families in the Flood Zone of Pakistan
  • 80,000 yen for a Cow in the Cambodia Cow Bank Program
  • 100,000 yen for a well for five families in Cambodia
  • 135,000 for school supplies and uniforms for one class ( 50 students) in a rural and very poor community in Cambodia
Equipment Needed
  • Bicycle:  either a road bike or a mountain bike with smooth tires. Please make sure you have a bell and a front and rear light.
  • Repair kit: spare inner tube and the tools to change a tire.
  • Helmet.
  • Shirts and Shorts that wick the moisture from your body. Shorts should be bicycle shorts with the padded inner lining which guards against chafing
  • Water bottle
Please Register by sending us an email with the following information:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Cell Phone number
  • Email address
  • Type of bike
  • Your fundraising goal and project
  • Payment Method: Furikomi or cash envelope. We will send you the details
Register Now!