From Japan (Part 9): The Haunted Inn outside Hikone

in his continuing travels in japan mark says: i finally have a computer that i’m not paying for by the minute and I’ve got the japanese keyboard sussed out for the most part…this goes back a few days to the 13th…

so we left kyoto yesterday afternoon around 3:30. just to let you know, that is awfully late to be leaving town by bicycle. we rode along a road with a lot of truck traffic, though once we got to the biwa-ko lake, there was a decent bike lane. most of the towns have bike lanes, but they are really just sidewalks puncutred by driveways every 10m. anyways, it starts getting dark (japan does not have daylight savings)…and then it’s pitch. we are on a one lane road with no light whatsoever and we are not going to make it to hikone. we find a hotel on the map, but they’ve no vacancies because of a high school trip. so we continue in darkness for another 30-40 minutes until we happen unto a youth hostel swathed in the darkness.

Remember: Lock your wheels

YouTube user shankbone wrote a song to accompany this security camera footage of a guy ripping off his bike’s wheels while his frame is locked to a fence in Brooklyn.

Found on Metafilter, where one commenter also noted Bruce McCullough’s Open Letter to the Guy Who Stole His Bike Wheel and Bruce McCullough’s Open Letter to the People Who Watched the Guy Steal His Bike Wheel.

Boing Boing: Urban Mobility Bike

pumak_bike1_l-01.jpg Boing Boing, a directory of wonderful things, posted on an updated Urban Mobility Bike from Puma. We posted earlier on the original UM, in regards to travel and being urban. The bike is a design collaboration to benefit an earthquake charity and another example, like the Biomega at DWR, of bikes as designer items and pop culture.

Photo of the Day: Shopping with Bike

She was downtown, at the corner of Stark and 6th in Portland, checking out the shops, purse at the ready … on her city cruiser bike. Argyle socks and the Portland Northwest urban look are a definite contrast to a stylish New Yorker.

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Readers Write - Disc Brake Road Bikes

Bike Hugger picked up a comment this week that is near and dear to my biking-heart. As I’ve posted (twice), I’m a fan on disc brakes for the rainy season.

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