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Electric bikes charge the market

Travel | ON THE ROAD Aug 17, 2008

Electric bikes charge the market

What do you buy for the U.S. president who has everything? When former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi traveled to the United States in 2006 for his "sayonara summit" with George W. Bush, he presented Dubya with a CD of Elvis numbers, sung by his ...

In the land of pimped push bikes

Travel | ON THE ROAD Jun 8, 2008

In the land of pimped push bikes

It would be hard not to notice that Japan's streets are jammed with fixed-gear bikes. As reported here in December, these are simple, stripped-down bikes originally built for racing around velodromes; the single gear is locked to the back wheel, so the pedals keep ...

New rules for cyclists go round in circles

Travel | ON THE ROAD Feb 24, 2008

New rules for cyclists go round in circles

Putting the brakes on the country's bicycle chaos requires more than just imposing bans on headphones, cell phones and umbrellas. Three killed and more than 11,000 injured in the past five years; it sounds like the toll from a series of earthquakes or terrorist attacks. ...

Japan's 'fix'ation with a risky ride

Travel | ON THE ROAD Dec 9, 2007

Japan's 'fix'ation with a risky ride

A group of young men huddle around a bicycle in a small shop named Carnival on the second story of a cream-brick building peering over the Yamanote Line in Shibuya. A simple-looking red and white Faini racing bike, it has attracted a crowd because of ...