Here's a few pics from my explorations on bicycle around Tokyo.
Want to hear a story? Last month I was riding my bike late at night down a dark street with no lights (going kinda fast...). I hit a curb and fell off haha. Lost my phone and my left side hurt for about two weeks. I want to say luckily that it is winter and I was wearing jeans and a jacket or else I'd have been very scraped up. However, I really felt like riding my bike, so I just rode with one hand.
Although I brought this foldable bike over from the US, I decided that I will be giving it to my neighbor when I leave. He's out of work currently, and I kinda feel bad for him. It was a used bike I bought for $100, and put another $200 into, but he could use it to save some momey. Transit fares get really expensive in Tokyo. I think I spend more on fares in a week in Tokyo than I do on a tank of gas.
I'll be buying a new bike when I get back to the US.
If I had the money right now I'd buy a Japanese folding bike and bring it back to the US, but the lighter ones (20lbs) are expensive. For half that, you can get one that is 30lbs, but I think that is too heavy to be considered portable. My fullsize folding bike is 30lbs already. Of course I could get a cheap heavier one and swap out some parts for aluminum to shave off a few pounds. Might be cheaper in the end.
Edited by PFULMTL - 1/26/14 at 5:29am