I can not believe that I started this blog back in 2007 a lot has changed since then, back in 2007 I was an English teacher here in Niigata City with regular Sundays off which meant it was easy to plan long rides deep into the local countryside with my mate Brian, sometimes we loaded up my mini van with our bikes and drove out of the congested city to start our ride. These days I am now car free at long last , the manager / mechanic of a bicycle shop Furumachi Bicycle located here in Niigata city and I have Thursdays off instead of Sundays which means that now most of my cycle adventures are solo rides instead. I still have my fathers Humber 3 speed although if you follow this blog you may not have seen it in quite a while, but I do intend to get out on it for my monthly shop rides once this extreme hot summer has finished. I now as you might have guessed ride my 2013 Kona Unit single speed as my regular bike , commuting into the city on it to work everyday of the year no matter what the weather which is a challenge in winter but always fun. I have also rediscovered cycle touring again and now use my single speed for bike packing adventures which I am really enjoying. So as you can tell the blog content has changed quite a lot but I have become more involved in cycling again since working at the bike shop and it is really nice to be able to cycle into the city in a t shirt and shorts unlike most other foreigners here who need to wear a suit and a tie everyday !