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Bicycles For Japanese Geeks

For cars, Japan has itasha, which literally means "painmobile". These automobiles are covered in anime, manga and video game imagery. Not everyone in Japan has a car. Many people have bicycles. This post is for them.

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At recent otaku gathering Moe Haku 2010, itachari ("paincycle") were on display featuring designs from Namco Bandai's idol simulator game THE iDOLM@STER to fighter plane girl franchise Strike Witches.

狭い面積にデコレーションを山ほど乗せた「萌え博」の痛チャリ [GIGAZINE via alafista]

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DISCUSSION

I like the designs. I like the wheel spoke covers the most.

As for the seat design, it feels awkward. I'd feel like I'm constantly teabaggin' the anime chick everytime I ride my bike. It'd make sense if it was Halo themed.