March 17, 2012
The Tokyo By Bike Loaner Bike
This is the Tokyo By Bike Loaner bike. It is a recycled Cannondale that my wife bought for me from Suginami Green Cycle for the bargain price of Y18,000. Its my beater bike, my loaner bike, the one that I'll park anywhere without any fear that it will get stolen. If it did get stolen I wouldn't be too distressed over it.
The old grips were beginning to melt (its the only word I can use to describe the sticky mess of dirty rubber they became) so I replaced them with a set of bright green ones which cost just Y500. I also took a moment to attach a new navigation device:
Since I've had this bicycle it has been loaned out on at least 4 separate occasions, making tours of the Izu Peninsula and trips to the Mt. Fuji area. Currently its out on loan to a friend who is in Tokyo for a few days.
How much does it cost to use the loaner bike I hear you ask? Well, so far I've received a six pack of beer, some new brake pads, and a box of Tottori dango. Not a bad haul.
If you've got a handful of bicycles in your stable is one of them a loaner bike?