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How to Register Your Bicycle in Japan

Japan Info, 9/29/15
When riding a bicycle in a big Japanese city like Tokyo, you need to register your bicycle. Yes, that’s right, you have to treat it like a car in order to be in accordance with the law. But no need to panic, the registration process is a piece of cake.

New Phoenix signs warn wrong-way bicycle riders

KPHO. 9/30/15
While it’s not illegal to ride your bike against traffic on a sidewalk in the city of Phoenix, traffic engineer Kerry Wilcoxon says it’s not always safe. But, an even bigger safety concern is people who ride against traffic on city streets, which violates state law.

For D.C. Second-Graders, It’s All About The Bikes

NPR, 10/3/15
Decked out in blue helmets, hair nets (for lice protection) and bright orange mesh vests, their eyes shift impatiently between their phys-ed teacher and the racks of shiny new BMX bikes behind him.

Fighting Resistance, a Mayor Strives to Ease Gridlock in a Brazilian Megacity

NY Times, 10/4/15
The mayor, Fernando Haddad, a 52-year-old scholar with a doctorate in philosophy, has carried out the equivalent of urban shock treatment in an effort to ease São Paulo’s congestion. His efforts have unleashed a fierce debate over mobility, the use of public spaces and the limits of political power in a metropolitan area with 20 million people.

 

 

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Behold the child killer

DK Cincinnati BMX bike – quick review

This bike is another great example of how many people who review bikes forget that everything is relative. While the Cincinnati does not hold up to the top end DKs which cost two to three times as much. It is the best built BMX bike you can buy as Wal Mart. (Or at least it was the last time I visited Wal Mart.)

At $160 it was only ten dollars more than several other brands of BMX bike, and it was much better than those in any measure you’d care to choose. Even the welds were better-looking than the other bikes. The seat was more comfortable. The frame didn’t feel like it was going to snap under my 220 lbs. Impressive.

Now we have to deal with the cheap bike conundrum. While this was the best BMX bike I found at Wal Mart that day, it was far from the cheapest. There were several useable bikes from under $80. So if your kid isn’t going to be excessively harsh in riding, the much cheaper bike is a better deal. Though if you expect more punishment the better, more expensive bike would be worth the money.

 

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The stuff of a rebuilder’s dreams

ratbikeSome people will settle for nothing less than a brand new bike. Others want a pristine piece of vintage artistry. Then there are people like me.

Look at that beautiful mess of parts. Everything is there and in not very bad shape. Having the parts not match is a great thing for a bikist like me because it greatly lowers the price and means the bike will survive as a useful bike rather than display fodder.

My absolute favorite part are the stunt pegs on the front wheel with the blue tire. I wonder what happened to the rest of that particular BMX bike. I also love the seller’s description of the bike as “very vintage.” Kind of like most bestest.

The opening bid is only 99 cents. At that price, even with the shipping from Florida, the bike would be worth it.

See the full eBay listing

 

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A very nice little video on the basics of bmx racing.

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