The Bicycles of Tokyo

One of my missions in Japan was to check of the Asian capital’s popular bicycle scene. The city is very bicycle friendly compared, obviously, to most cities in the U.S. What was most interesting to me is the fact that while people in Tokyo lock up their bikes (most of the time), the locks are pretty simple. Not like the insane measures NYers have to go through. As I wandered the expansive metropolis, I would see all types of people riding bicycles – many in their work clothes, women frequently in heels and lots of track bikes.

W-BASE, what many said to be the best bike shop in Tokyo.

Directly upstairs from W-BASE is Carnival which sells beautifully refurbished bikes.

A popular self-locking bicycle.

The complete set of bicycle images can be seen here.

Comments on “The Bicycles of Tokyo

    joanna goddard on October 28, 2008 12:01 PM:


    valerie on October 28, 2008 12:23 PM:

    very cool yellow and blue one. the silver looks so futuristic. great round-up.

    Heavy Tweed Jacket on October 28, 2008 12:26 PM:

    Great post! There are also massive bicycle parking lots. Located near train stations, commuters park their bikes in the massive lots, and then walk over to catch the train. Most are about 100 yen per day ($1), and some lots feature a rental bike that one rides home in the evening and then brings back in the AM. I usually ride a “mama chari” (lit. “mom’s bike”) with two baskets front and back, in coat and tie with the briefcase in one of the baskets.

    guest on October 29, 2008 4:29 AM:

    Really cool!
    Check the resemblance with Our Legacys racer.
    Those swedes know what they’re doin.

    ambika on October 30, 2008 2:43 PM:

    This is so neat. It reminds me of amsterdam, which is just insane for bikes. I wish Seattle was the same way.

    AMF on November 1, 2008 10:56 AM:

    Great post. Love the second picture.

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