Journal

Cyclepaths in Berlin

I recently visited relatives in Berlin, Germany. One morning, I borrowed an old mountain bike and rode around town. I love Berlin, especially the neighborhoods away from the tourist bustle. It's so down-to-earth and accessible. Berlin mixes businesses and residential spaces even more than most German towns, so you're never...

Natsuko’s Cyclotouring Reunion in Hokkaido

I like bicycles and cyclotouring, but I especially like traveling. When I think about where I want to go next, my heart skips a beat with excitement. Passhunting, visiting Onsen hot springs, eating good meals... During my busy life, it's easy to forget the small things that make this...

E-Bikes are Game-Changers

"This is the future. It will change everything!" said Koichiro Nakamura as he pointed to a bright green women's bike in front of his office. We had met to discuss cycling and the media in Japan... and this bike wasn't what I expected. After I got over my initial surprise, I...

Riding to the Sea of Japan

Oceans have a strong appeal to me. The Raid Pyrénéen, a ride across the length of the Pyrenees mountains, starts at the Atlantic and ends at the Mediterranean. On our Flèche 24-hour rides, we often visit the Pacific Ocean. Oceans seem like limitless expanses of water from the shore,...

Partners on the Road

I am always surprised how many cyclists are afraid of cars and their drivers, or have downright animosity to them. I prefer to see drivers as partners in a big game called Traffic. It starts with the wording: "Share the Road" implies sacrifice. I prefer to think of other road...