Nihon-jin at the Bike Shop

Nihon-jin.jpg At Elliott Bay Bikes, we had a gang of Japanese bike enthusiasts stop in. Minato Seiya-san of Depot Cycle & Recycle, a shop in Ichikawa near Tokyo and Yamamoto Atsushi-san, maker of the Gunung label of hats, chatted with me when I emerged out of my mechanic station hole. I asked them about their travels in Taiwan, and then I told them about my downhill run in Nikko. It turns out they’re friends with Morita Yohei of Cog Magazine who stopped into the shop a couple months ago. Minato-san and Yamamoto-san are on their way to Philadelphia this month for a messenger race. While in Seattle, they are visiting the Seattle wing of Reload Bags.



Shanghai Bikes

Bikes seen in Shanghai …

And whenever I’d see one of these bikes, I’d wonder, "what’s he doing with that big bag of ?" Also seen, but not photographed were “giant tubes” and my all-time fav was scooter-assisted cargo bike.

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That happens a lot in China, btw, you’ll see all sorts of crazy things on the street. I’ll never forget bucket-of-meat bike in Beijing.



Alfine Hub, Drop Bars: OMG I want that!

Alfine Drop Bar Kudos to the guys over at Hiawatha Cyclery for figuring this one out. I’ve been after this setup for a while for my On-One Pompino. It’s an Alfine internally geared hub with a convensional drop bar-end shifter. The trick is adding the Travel Agent to make up the extra cable pull necessary to shift the internal hub.



Bike Ink

Ok, let’s purge fat blogger photo with Bike Ink or even a tall bike

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Benefits of Bike Blogging

fat_bloggerr.jpg Reading about the self-induced misery, woe-as-me, sad, geek, overweight bloggers, nearing an early death in the NYTimes, I thought, “get outside!” At least with bike blogging, we’re like out testing and riding bikes – traveling around and blogging about it. And for the celeb watchers, Bicycling is featuring Dr. McDreamy on the cover who lost 15 pounds by riding his bike – yippee! I see a blogger episode of the Biggest Loser already being planned. The irony of social media is how unsocial and unhealthy it is for the people glued to their computer screens, least of which is how unproductive it can become.

I get asked about posting frequency a lot and the volume you read from us is the mininum to push any sort of traffic advertisers and Google will notice. But note that more volume, like that of a Gawker Media blog, and you have no life, outside of Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, WordPress, and various other social media apps. I don’t consider that heroic, btw, even if the money is purportedly good or slashdotted as being really not that much. It’s more heroic to blog and balance your life. For us, there’s just too much riding out there to do and our posting volume shows that.

Hope you all are ok with that and are out riding as well.



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