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Our entry into the bike club

It's taken us three months of walking everywhere and jumping out of the way when we hear the ding ding of a bike bell or the screech of most Japanese people's bike brakes, but we finally did it. As of yesterday we have joined the bike club.

Here are our new bikes:

The Blue Dragon - (Courtney's bike)

Bike - Court.jpg

Complete with:

  • 2 litre (Toto sized) plastic granny basket
  • kick stand that holds up both sides
  • light that runs on a pedal-powered generator (so they can see you coming, but who wants that?)
  • rear rack, for bags or for doubling other people (like, if Jack Bauer needed to commandeer my bike for something, like catching some terrorist, I would totally give him a lift)
  • a bike lock
  • one high pitched bell to turn the walkers into jumpers.
  • cloaking device paint job

The Red Dragon - (Andrew's bike)

Bike - Andrew.jpg

Complete with:

  • puncture proof Kevlar® front and rear tires
  • 3 L stainless steel granny basket
  • 1 comfortable bike seat
  • 1 bike lock
  • 1 100 watt halogen light
  • titanium forged frame to increase the acceleration
  • 0 - 60 in two days
  • one slightly higher pitched bell, to scare the bejeezus out of the unsuspecting. And to summon Harry to help me find a spot to park it.

The good thing is that our new bikes have cut the travel time to the station from about 10 minutes to 3 minutes, as long as we can find a bike parking spot. I'm not sure if Harry can help with bikes or help in Japan. But, hopefully he can.

Courtney was unsure about her bike skills when we first got our bikes yesterday. And on the way home she was passed by a man in a wheelchair and a woman with a cane. The nice thing is it made carrying all of our groceries home a whole lot easier.

Quick closing notes from Courtney:
The Red Dragon is officially registered under my name, but Andrew was getting whiny about how he really wanted a red bike, so we switched. Plus the Blue Dragon is a better fit for me.

Oh, and Andrew's a havoc-wreaking biker. Yes, Mom, I'm being cautious.

Disclaimer: bikes may not be exactly as described. We got 'em second hand, and mine already has a dent.

Posted by agc_cwm 08:03 Archived in Japan

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