Field trip! Walnut explores historic leather, cycle history, and high design in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Kyoto bicycles

On our recent trip to Japan, we got a sense of the general cycling scene in Japan. Mostly characterized as┬ámamachari (“mama chariots”), they were mostly inexpensive, Dutch-style, step-through bikes with few gears. Which makes sense, because these were mostly cross-town bikes on flat streets. Bike parking was a big deal here. There were bike valets […]

Valerie just got back from Vietnam, where she was on a two-week foodie trip. Over there, in Saigon, Hoi An, Hue, and Hanoi, she caught sight of a lot of very cool, workaday bicycles in Vietnam, especially for commerce. Here are some of her favorite bike pics from Vietnam. One of the hazards of modernization, […]