Where to Buy New and Used Bicycles in Tokyo

Poste date: Friday, April 2, 2021

Having a bicycle in Tokyo is convenient when you need to get somewhere that’s a little far to walk, to do some shopping, or to bring your child to and from school. In this article is some basic information about where to buy new, used, and electrically assisted bicycles, the rules to follow when riding a bike with children in Japan, where you can test ride bicycles, and what you should know before purchasing an e-bike.

All bicycle riders in Tokyo including children are required to enroll in Bicycle Liability Insurance. You can learn more details in our article Bicycle Rules & Regulations in Tokyo.

If you are looking for a shared-bike or rental bike, please refer to How to Share, Rent Bikes in Tokyo.

Where You Can Buy Bicycles in Tokyo

You may be able to find local bicycle shops in your city or you can also find new bikes online such as Amazon, Yodobashi Camera, Bicamera.

Most of the sales staff at a shop can speak some English (even if it is limited amount).

New Bicycle Shops in Tokyo

The following websites are only availble in Japanese.

Daikanyama Motovelo

Daikanyama T-SITE Garden3, 16-15 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

https://www.motovelo.co.jp/

Aeon Bike Shinagawa

Shinagawa Seaside Forest Oval Garden 1F, 4-12-6 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

https://www.aeonbike.jp/

Azabu Cycle

3-2-4 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo

https://shirokane-shotengai.jp/shop/azabu-cycle/

Le Cyc Azabu

3-13-2 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo

https://www.cyclespot.net/shops/lecycazabu/

Le Cyc Azabu

Located in Shibuya and Setagaya

https://bluelug.com/#shops

 

Bicycle Shops for Road Bikes, Cyclocross Bikes, and Mountain Bikes

Trek Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Keyaki-zakastreet ground level, Roppongi Hills, 6-15-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

https://www.trekstore.jp/english/roppongi

Trek Aoyama

Qiz AOYAMA 1F, 3-39-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

https://www.trekstore.jp/english/tokyoaoyama

Y’s Road

There are 36 shops (Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Ochanomizu, Yokohama...) in Japan.

The website is only in Japanese.

http://www.ysroad.net/

Shibuya Honkan: 2-10-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Shinjuku Honkan: BYGS Bld. B1F, 2-19-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

You can find more shops in the list below.

http://www.ysroad.net/shop/

WBASE (Shibuya)

J-SIX BLDG, 6-23-11 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

http://w-base.com/

Used Bicycles in Tokyo

These are English websites where you can find used bikes in Tokyo.

Tokyo Craiglist

https://tokyo.craigslist.org/

Tokyo Sayonara Sales (Facebook Page)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TokyoSSTO/

How Many People Can Ride on a Bike in Japan?

On a Standard Bicycle

If the cyclist is 16 years old or older, they can ride with one infant under 6 years old on an infant-seat or on cyclist’s back firmly tied down with a baby carrier. You cannot carry your child on your front (see the images below).

While helmets are not mandatory, it is strongly recommended to that they be worn for safety purposes.

Image from Saitama Prefecture Police

On a Special Bicycle for 2 Children

If you are 16 years or older and have a bicycle specially designed to carry two infants, then you can ride with two children under the age of 6 years old. You can let two children sit on infant-seats (front and rear) or you can let one sit on a infant-seat and carry another one on your back with a baby carrier. You are not allowed to ride with 3 children like indicated in the image below. It is is strongly recommended to make children wear helmets for their safety.

Image from Saitama Prefecture Police

Buying an Electrically Power-Assisted Bicycle

Electric assist bicycles are convenient especially when riding up a steep road and when riding with children.

Even if you have only have one child, it is recommended that you use a bike with two infant seats as it is made to be stronger and more stable, and as a bonus you can also carry (shopping) bags on the other seat. As mentioned above, make sure that the bike has the two stickers for your safety. You can also do a test-ride with your children at certain shops (please see below for the list).

What You Should Know Before Purchasing a Special Bike for 2 Children

It is important to purchase a bicycle that meets safety standards.

Please make sure the bicycle has these two stickers, “BAA” (Bicycle Association Approved) and “幼児2人同乗基準適合車” by Japan Bicycle Association. A bike that meets the more strict requirements than the BAA mark is “幼児2人同乗基準適合車” (a bike that complies with the two infants riding standard).

Two-children-compatible bicycles are designed to be safe to ride under special conditions, such as a three-seater vehicle that weighs more than usual, and that the infant can change its balance by putting it forward and backward. For example, the frame is strengthened and the handle is easily controlled etc. Please use these logos as a guide when choosing a bicycle to ride with your children.

The Difference Between Front and Rear Infant-Seat

There are slight differences between a Front Infant-Seat and Back Infant-Seat. Please choose the appropriate one according to your child’s age and physique. Reference: How to Choose an E-bike - Panasonic

Front Infant-Seat

Age Max. Height / Weight Pros Cons
1-3 years old 100cm / 15kg You can see the child in front of you Can be used only up to 3 years old

Rear Infant-Seat

Age Max. Height / Weight Pros Cons
1-5 years old 115cm / 22kg Can be used up to 5 years old You cannot see the child while riding

Which Battery You Should Choose

If you use a bike everyday or if you often ride long distances, you may want to choose an appropriate battery as well. Choosing a battery with a larger capacity will reduce the frequency of charging, which may increase battery life.

Comparison of Battery Charging Frequency

e.g. Riding 12km x 5 days a week (click to enlarge the image)
*By using the power mode (Panasonic)

Battery

Full charge (approx.)

Distance with a single charge (approx.)* Recharge frequency
8.0 Ah 3.5 hours 30 km 4 times / week
12.0 Ah 4.5 hours 44 km 3 times / week
16.0 Ah 6.0 hours 59 km 2 times / week
20.0 Ah 8.0 hours 68 km 1 times / week

Reference: How to Choose an E-bike - Panasonic

Where You Can Test Ride

The following shops allow you to test ride their bicycles and it may be a good idea to visit there with your child to see which bike fits you the best. There are also different sizes of tires (20, 24, 26 and 27 inch) therefore taking a test ride before purchasing will be helpful in finding the perfect bike for you.

Daikanyama Motovelo

Daikanyama T-SITE Garden3, 16-15 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

https://www.motovelo.co.jp/

Aeon Bike Shinagawa

Shinagawa Seaside Forest Oval Garden 1F, 4-12-6 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

https://www.aeonbike.jp/

Yodobashi Camera Shinjuku Nishiguchi Main Store

You can try many different bicycles from Bridgeston, Yamaha and Panasonic. The test-ride course has a slope of about 200 meters. On the website(Japanese only) you can find all the models on which you can take a test ride.

Yodobashi Camera Shinjuku Nishiguchi Main Store

Mobile Smartphone Building B2 Floor Bicycle Corner

1-11-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

https://www.yodobashi.com/

Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Akiba

It has the same facility as the on in Shinjuku mentioned above.

Yodobashi Camera Multimaedia Akiba 6th Floor

1-1 Kanda Hanaoka-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

https://www.yodobashi.com/

Where to Store your Bike

If you live in an apartment, please secure a bicycle storage space before purchasing one (there may be a charge for the usage). It is often prohibited to put a bike in the common area.

Electrically Assisted Bicycles and Accessories

Electric bikes are very popular among mothers with small children. Here are some examples of Japanese e-bikes and accessories. Please click the image for details.

BRIDGESTONE bikke MOB

BRIDGESTONE bikke POLAR

Panasonic 26inch

YAMAHA 2020 PAS Babby un Super

Bridgestone Junior Helmet

Bridgestone Junior Helmet

Bicycle Raincoat

Bicycle Cover

Rain Cover for Child Seat

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