I had the pleasure of attending Ride Aoyama 2010 which is held at the same time/place of Tokyo design week at Jingu Gaien. Ecology was the main topic for Tokyo design week this time and bicycles are widely featured in many designers work and fringe events. What a cool combination! :) I am not complaining.The idea of of the Aoyama ride is introduce bicycles to normal folk and also promote bicycle riding in the Aoyama area.It was really cool to know more details as I met up with the Chief organiser Mr Toshi san when we registered onsite for the ride. Apparently, this is the 3rd year running and this is not his day job!
Following registration, we can choose any bikes(labelled test ride) from the booths and ride them around a 3 km route which is closed off - for bikes only. I headed to the Shimano station and wanted to try the much talked about Alfine 11 while Tahching took the latest top of the line MTB equipped with Full XTR parts.
The route was relaxing - think riding around the kallang stadium area- minus cars. It was nice to see so many people coming together to ride. From the guys in lyrca, to mummy carrying their little ones and children zooming around. All having a big smile on their faces. We rode slowly, taking in the sights and feeling the shifter and bike geometry and then swapped the bikes. Snapped more photos.. Wonderful!
To top this up, the organisers even have 2 children training centres where they teach kids to ride. It was fun to watch the children riding around and challenging each other. This is what I call starting them young!
Ok, now here are some photos ... and more here
|nice Ginko trees lining the entrance|
|Toshi san, the driving force behind ride Aoyama|
|Many bikes to test ride...|
|Yes, that's right.. Alfine 11!! so smooth like shifting on regular XT MTB shifting. It is that good|
|A Family that rides together, stays together!|
|Tah Ching in the all Carbon MTB with Sram XO parts|
|Waiting for grand pah..|
|Training bikes - No crank and pedals|
|Children racing each other|
|Slowly and surely|
|I also want to ride!!|