From Japan (Part 17):  Mission to Nikko! It’s combat!

Yes, yes, I know that I’ve been back from Japan for two months, but I had one more story to post.

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So after taking the train back to Tokyo from Matsumoto, homeboy and I dropped off most of our stuff at the embassy and jumped another train to Nikko. Done with bike touring, we could do some sightseeing and then fit some rides in between.

Nikko is a small town due north of Tokyo best known as the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate that united feudal Japan for 250 years of peace and isolation from the outside world. The temples and shrines under ancient trees are the mystical heart of Japan, nestled in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture. Yet despite Nikko’s emerald tranquility and ancient refinement, I would soon be engaged in a highspeed dogfight above the shogun’s tomb.

The Real News

Well folks - our tiny little sport is now “mainstream”. No, this isn’t in reference o the articles in the New York Times. We are now getting front-page coverage in theonion.. The best part is the focus is on the “clean” cyclists!

Cannondale’s Folding Bike

Cyclelicious tipped us to a prototype Cannondale Folding Bike, which looks remarkably like Pong’s Magic Motorcycle Prototype from way back.

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Symphony for Singing Bicycles

Via the Bike Show, I started reading about Godfried-Willem Raes’ Symphony for Singing Bicycles, a rotating peloton of sound with specially-equipped bikes.

Now imagine performing a symphony on Stone Way … and having the Rock the Bike crowd close the performance.

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Old School Folding Bike

After seeing this 70s folding bike with integrated rack, taking some photos, and chatting with the owner, I googled italian folding bike and found several versions of the same bike with different names. There’s the Cinzia, Hyda Bike, Barbarellas, Safari, and sometimes Bianchi. Fascinating. Anyone know the history of these bikes?

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