tokyokevin on Japan. Language. Learning. Tech. Culture. Women.
Recumbent fixed, again
About 7 minutes from my house on my bike is a repair shop with an old man in it. He should be retired, and could probably sell his shop for enough to retire on. But he and his wife, both in their 70’s, show up every day. They go slowly, but this guy can fix anything. You rarely find people like this. I like to hang around and talk to him while he fixes my bike. He doesn’t mind. He’s fast, and really good with his hands. A beautiful thing to watch. He loves his work, is my guess.
My bike is a little unusual. It is called a “recumbent”, because you kind of lay back on it. He had the tire off and replaced in a little over an hour, even though there are two gear switching systems; a 3-speed hub, and an 8-speed derailler, to make 24 gears in all.
Associate Professor at a Women's University in Tokyo.
Mel and Amy Smith here—actually, it may be bike shop owners. I have had great luck with them everywhere in terms of money, help, advice. Glad you are well. I am still riding upright and wondering how you keep from falling off a recumbent(sp). If you fly this way to Denver please let us know and come for a visit. Mel
Hey, looks like you've lost weight and looking great! The bike story does say a lot about Japan. Here, fixing anything is a very pricey thing and most people just buy new. Probably why our garbage is shipped out of the country since we have so much. I know it's illegal but heard it's being done.
Great article. I would love to hear about the medical care / expenses of Japan. That is of course, such a huge topic of debate and interest ere in the U.S. We are all very hopeful that Obama will do as he said.
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