AdverseMartyr last edited by
At the beginning of December we picked up a Mamachari (probably not spelling that right) with the electrical pedal assist.
We picked it up off Yahoo Auctions for ¥35,000 with two batteries. Unfortunately, it had the seat between the handlebars which wouldn't work for my son as he is already 5, and too big for the front.
So the front seat came off, a basket for ¥3400 went on (definitely could have been purchased cheaper if I didn't want to have it in 20 minutes from a store), and then we ordered a rear child seat of Amazon for ¥9000. It turned out the windchill is pretty bad for my son so we put on a wind/rain cover for ¥2200. So we're into this fine Bridgestone Angelino Petite for ¥49,600.
That's pretty good considering the cheapest I could find a comparable bike brand new is ¥100,000 (plus tax of 10%), and for an extra battery it would probably be ¥20,000.
It works well and is fast.
I barely fit onto it, but it's for my wife, and once we raised the seat, and adjusted the handlebar height, and pitch it works really well for her.
She's decided it's acceptable, but she wasn't thrilled with the process of figuring out Yahoo Auctions because it wouldn't accept an international credit card, and we had to learn the whole process of how to finalize payment at a conbini. And then the added time to modify it for our needs annoyed her. But she is happy to have saved ¥50,000.
Oh, I forgot had to spend ¥300-400 on parts from the hardware store to attach the sides of the front basket to the handlebars.
VincentMalamute last edited by
35K yen does sound like a good deal for that.
I recognize 'conbini' from my extensive Japan knowledge derived from reading a lot of manga.