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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Kyoto Cycling News 28 September 2014

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After Woman Is Struck, Debate on Cycling in City Is Revived New York Times

National Track Championships: Jess Varnish powers to sprint title BBC

Going Dutch for a bike ride around London London Cyclist

De Touraine en Anjou par la vallée royale Libération

Boris Johnson cycle superhighway plans cut and delayed Guardian

Rodadas Una communidad de viajeros en bicicleta Rodadas

アルペシンがジャイアント・シマノのスポンサーに
綱渡り営業のジャイアント・シマノが強大なバックを確保!アルペシンが選手たちも頭髪もがっちりサポート!2015はジャイアント・アルペシン(男子)、リブ・プランチュール(女子)で活動へ Cycling Time

Cycling - Varnish begins quadruple title defence with time trial win Yahoo

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cycling along the Kamo River to the Katsura River

自転車で鴨川から桂川

Want to cycle from Kyoto to Nara? Osaka? Or just down to the Katsura River?

If you live in central or eastern Kyoto, it is a long ride across town to get to the legendary bike path that stretches 40+ km from Arashiyama all the way to Kizu (close to Nara) or Osaka Castle.

It is possible to do the ride from downtown Kyoto along the Kamo River.

Cycling along the Kamo River from as far north as Kitayama or, on the Takano River from Shugakuin, all the way to where the river joins the Katsura River can be done.

Except for one tiny stretch, that means no cars from Kitayama to Osaka Castle, Shugakuin to Nara, central Kyoto to Arashiyama.

For information, follow the map on this page.


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bicycle Commuting Makes You Better at Work

自転車通勤京都市

According to Bicycle Magazine, cycling to work may make you more productive.

"Researchers at the University of East Anglia and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) studied 18 years of data on nearly 18,000 British commuters ages 18-65 to arrive at the conclusion, which takes into account factors like income, children, and job and relationship changes.

In addition to the obvious physical benefits, active commuters felt less stressed and reported that they could concentrate better on work if they commuted by walking or cycling. Cyclists and walkers also showed improvement with regard to other psychological markers, such as feelings of worthlessness, unhappiness, and sleepless nights fueled by nightmares of highway gridlock."

And thus we commute in Kyoto, every day, to a bike lot near Demachiyanagi train station. From there it is a 50-minute train ride to work in Osaka (which probably negates the positive effects of the ride!).


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Kyoto Cycling News 21 September 2014

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Death on a Bike New York Times

'Naked' team cycling kit defended by Colombian rider BBC

Selling your bicycle London Cyclist

Festival des globe-trotters: «L’envie de vivre ce que d’autres ne vivent pas» Libération

Would you share your bike with a stranger? Spinlister hopes so Guardian

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鉄人伝説終わらず!フォイクトがアワーレコードで世界新記録を樹立!
鉄人伝説終わらず!フォイクトがアワーレコードで世界新記録を樹立!新ルールのもとで初の50km超え!51.115kmを達成!「世界記録を出して現役を引退、これ以上ない最高の引き際だと思わないかい?」 Cycling Time

Cycling - Jens Voigt sets new one-hour record Yahoo

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monocle Ranking of Cities Kyoto

Kyoto Yoiyama 2013モノクル誌生活水準調査2014年

All things are ranked these days, including cities.

The magazine Magazine puts out an annual "Quality of Life Survey," and in its 2014 reckoning Japanese cities fared well.

Kyoto placed 9th.

City                       Country

1 Copenhagen      Denmark
2 Tokyo               Japan
3 Melbourne        Australia
4 Stockholm        Sweden
5 Helsinki            Finland
6 Vienna             Austria
7 Zürich              Switzerland
8 Munich            Germany
9 Kyoto              Japan
10 Fukuoka        Japan
11 Sydney          Australia
12 Auckland      New Zealand
13 Hong Kong   China
14 Berlin            Germany
15 Vancouver    Canada
16 Singapore      Singapore
17 Madrid          Spain
18 Paris              France
19 Amsterdam   Netherlands
20 Hamburg      Germany
21 Barcelona Spain
22 Lisbon Portugal
23 Portland USA
24 Oslo Norway
25 Brisbane Australia


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Kyoto Cycling News 14 September 2014

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Test Yourself | Bicycling to 9,500 Feet Above Sea Level New York Times

Vuelta a Espana: Hansen wins stage, Contador holds overall lead BBC

A crossrail for bikes – London cyclists to finally have their wishes granted London Cyclist

Paris-Séville en vélo Libération

Chic, classy or the one with leopard print – cool helmets for bike rides Guardian

Casa Biciteka Biciteka

ブエルタ・ア・エスパーニャ 2014 第18ステージ選手コメント
ブエルタ・ア・エスパーニャ第18ステージ選手コメント: 「監督が”今が一番勾配がきついところだぞ”と言ったから抜けだしたんだよ。」 Cycling Time

Sep Vanmarcke wins third leg of Tour of Alberta Yahoo

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cycling Lake Biwa (again)

Bike Path Lake Biwa Japan自転車で琵琶湖一周

In October we are doing the Lake Biwa circuit. This will be the second time, and this time we will ride clockwise around Japan's largest lake.

That means Otsu to Makino, where we hope to spend a night. From there, we head into Oku Biwa (Upper Biwa), then down into Nagahama and back around to Otsu.

Three friends will join me for the Lake Biwa circuit.

Two of us live in Kyoto, so will meet at Heian Shrine, say a quick prayer to the Cycling Gods - and then head up and over Sanjo into Otsu.

The other riders live in Tokyo and Shiga. They will join us in Otsu.

Already, in early September, the weather Gods are shining, and a nip is in the air.

Mother Biwa awaits.

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