Archive for May, 2014


Runbell – For The Urban Runner

May 5, 2014

Kevin Nadolny, currently living in Tokyo, Japan, has come up with the solution for safely running in the of the high traffic of many cities. “During my runs to and from work in the heart of Tokyo, I realised the need to create a safer running environment for both urban runners and pedestrians.”

The Runbell is a one ounce bell that delivers a powerful and pleasant sound for the urban runner and is a stylish running accessory with the quality of fine jewelry. It will make sidewalks and running paths safer for everyone. The runner’s device comes in two sizes, each with two pairs of soft, silicon inserts for adjustability and comfort.

“Runbell is both original and beautiful,” said Nadolny, You’ll be sure to catch the eyes and bring frustration free urban running to everyone and keep asking yourself “Why nobody before came up with that idea?

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Whether you live in Tokyo, New York, or any other city around the world, urban runners face a common problem.  Popular running paths and city sidewalks are congested and can make running frustrating and even dangerous.

Road running has a long and established tradition in Japan.  Racing in Japan is so awesome because no matter the race, a crowd always shows up to cheer you on. However, this popularity in running can also be a challenge.  Whether running on the crowded city sidewalks of Tokyo or the popular running path of the Imperial Palace, you will find others walking, biking, or running with you. Tokyo is full of people of all ages: businessmen, mothers, children, and grandmothers and grandfathers.

Running along city sidewalks is common because you can find a running route suited exactly for where you live and work.  However, pedestrians and bicyclist can become obstacles for runners especially around train station entrances. People reading their smart phone or slowly drifting along can present a similar hazard.  Most runners resort to calling out, “coming through!”.  Yelling is slightly rude and can be tiring during a long run.

Runbell is an elegant solution to this vexing problem of running in crowded areas where runners and pedestrians share the same path.  Runbell is designed by urban runners for urban runners.  Fit Runbell on to your pointer and middle finger and whenever your route is obstructed, simply ping your Runbell.  While the person in your way might be surprised to see a runner instead of a bicylist, they will be ever thankful for the polite precaution.  As a runner, you will find running along city sidewalks so much more enjoyable.

Runbell has been designed with both style and function in mind. By using jewelery quality metals, Runbell looks elegant and will last the harsh envionment of a runner’s hands.  Runbell comes in two sizes: one for him and one for her. The rings of the ladies’ Runbell is slightly smaller than the men’s Runbell.  Otherwise, they are the same.  In each case, the Runbell is slightly oversized so you can either use one of two silicone inserts to adjust the ring size or use gloves during the winter months. The convenient 360 spring allows you to activate the bell no matter which way you push or pull the striker.

Weighing just one ounce (30 grams), Runbell is a light-weight and easy to use solution to a vexing problem.

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Biking Plan 04 (Oji>Arakawa river>Hanno)

May 3, 2014

Need to add the map of the ride from Hanno.  Need to go back there to remember where to go..

The Arakawa river is a great place to run and cycle. You can reach it from many different stations around Tokyo (Kita-senju, Adachiodai, Akabane, Oji and many others…).

Here is another idea of bike training course you can use along this river starting from Oji Station (on the Namboku line or the Keihin Tohoku line).


Change the picture of the Arakawa

From: Oji Station (From point 1 to 3 on the map)
To: Arakawa River
Distance: 3.6km


From: The 18km mark along the river. The first place we covered (Bike Plan 01) was aiming for the East direction until the 0km mark. THIS TIME, we will AIM FOR THE WEST DIRECTION.
To: pretty much as long as you want. This side of the bike course can go on forever and lead you anywhere depending on the path you take. Most of the course goes along the river and avoids any main road with traffic.
Distance: 71km (35.5km both way – go and come back)


: Arakawa River (from point 3 to 1 on the map)
: Oji Station
: 3.6km