A few more bike notes from Tokyo
June 23, 2012 by jnyyz
Just a few annotated photos I took while in Tokyo earlier this week. This trip I was staying in the Shinjuku area.
I saw a lot of these racks that held bikes at staggered heights so that the bikes could be a little closer together without handlebar overlap.
I saw exactly one of these pay bike racks. Parking is free for the first two hours, and then 100 yen a day for up to 7 days. You don’t pay up front, but you need to put in the appropriate number of coins to remove the bike.
You see a lot of ridiculous branding of bikes, folding bikes labeled “Hummer” etc. This time, I saw a few things that made more sense, such as this eneloop branded e-bike.
Or this bike, branded either “brembo” or abarth”. The quality of this bike was much higher than your typical “auto” branded bike.
Hipsters in Japan are not generally single speeders. I like the use of a mini U lock to carry an umbrella.
This Bianchi city bike had a massive rigid fork styled a bit like a suspension fork.
Here is a trackish Bridgestone for the street.
One thing I noticed more this time compared to two years ago was the popularity of electric assist on mamachari. Here is a former student and her example.
Here is the comparatively small battery pack.
Here is the very small hub motor.
I was told that these machines are speed rather than output limited, but I was not able to confirm this either way.