|Bikes lined up in the student parking lot at school...this is probably about 1/3 of the school bike population.|
|My first big purchase in Japan - my trusty mama-chari.|
|Circle lock with key|
One of the best things was never having to lock my bike to a physical object. There is a circle lock built into the bike that loops around the back wheel, and you just leave the bike standing wherever. Supposedly, bicycles are "frequently" stolen in Japan, but in three years of daily riding I never had any trouble. Someone took my raincoat out of my zippered basket cover once, but my bike was always right where I left it.