Mmm, Delicious Ita-Bike

Topic started by gia on Oct. 21, 2009. Last post by Void_Wizard 5 years ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
You know, this is something I've always wondered about: people in Japan seem to be obsessed with customization, be it cell phone charms or itasha. So I was surprised when, in Japan, all the bicycles looked the same. Like, even the colors were a spectrum as broad as sorta-silvery to sorta-bronzey, and that was more or less it.
But leave it to the otaku to buck that trend and get creative with their bicycles! Honestly, I'm pretty sure I saw this before in the past, but who cares? It's a moe-girl bicycle!





You can see a few more at this older gallery from Akiba Blog (NSFW ads on the sides).
 
Who would you put on your bicycle? I'm thinking Holo-- she makes a pretty good travel companion.
Post by omo (113 posts) See mini bio Level 2
I'd put a leek on mine.
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,647 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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You will often find that youth likes to stand out and show themselves as individuals. In a nation there the primary hair color leans on a genetic level toward the dark spectrum it no wonder you often see in Japan customizations have so much color.
 
It used to be the type of fabric one would use to make their clothing out of. Now it's gone to the extreme of what lolicon character they paint onto the hood of their car.
Post by AjayRaz (291 posts) See mini bio Level 12
I WANT ONE! 
Post by HeeroYuy (1,210 posts) See mini bio Level 12
Trying to customize a bike in that fashion just seems unusually tacky or a wasted effort, mainly because there's too little surface area to actually show off anything unless you put one of those (in my opinion) quite ugly covers on your wheel(s).
 
When done right, it looks pretty awesome on cars though. My personal plan is to save up enough money to get a nice car... as in REALLY nice... and then give it subtle paint customizations, like having Emiya Shirou's command spell design put on the hood. Something that normal people would just be "interesting design", but people in the know would say "BADASS!!".
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@HeeroYuy: I dunno, it seems to me that like, handlebar charms or colored wheels or something like that would be popular at the least.
Post by cfatalis (19,150 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@HeeroYuy said:
" Trying to customize a bike in that fashion just seems unusually tacky or a wasted effort, mainly because there's too little surface area to actually show off anything unless you put one of those (in my opinion) quite ugly covers on your wheel(s).  When done right, it looks pretty awesome on cars though. My personal plan is to save up enough money to get a nice car... as in REALLY nice... and then give it subtle paint customizations, like having Emiya Shirou's command spell design put on the hood. Something that normal people would just be "interesting design", but people in the know would say "BADASS!!". "
somebody did it on a plane and a bus......
 
my plan is to do it in a freakin mecha...... or tanks
Post by Void_Wizard (735 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Very pretty! I have the artbook that has the first bicycle's girl on the front cover. ;)
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