I recently picked up cycling in Tokyo, and I have to say that this is one of the best cities to bike! Drivers and pedestrians are very attentive to cyclers – usually giving us a pretty wide berth on the road or moving to the side when they hear the ring of your bell. Theft is pretty rare and why you see some very high-end bikes comfortably parked on the side of the road. I was flabbergasted when my Japanese exchange student roommate wanted to bike the streets of LA without a helmet, but I can now understand! You rarely see a helmet in Tokyo on everyday commuters.
I rescued my used, repossessed bike from a Minato-ku city auction for $80 including all of my tags and registration. It’s a handy, comfortable bike, but far from the stylish likes of Shinola! I’m going goo goo ga ga over these chic handcrafted bikes with vintage details from Detroit. I imagine myself magically transforming into a glamorous city biker with 6-inch heels, cruising the city with ease, never having to check Google Maps for directions.
.. And in my dream, when I travel too far, this vintage truck will pick me up.