How to get a mamachari bicycle

Back in the 90s, designers for the U.S. auto market began making cars monstrously huge, culminating in manly SUVs that smells like a steak and seats 35 for your runs to the corner store.

The Japanese market, in the meantime, never eliminated their bike culture of stay-at-home moms who toted their children around town on their mamachari or “mama bicycles.” When I lived in Japan in the 70s and 80s, they looked mostly like standard European-style utility bikes. Since then, Japanese designers applied the American trend of adding features and size to their bicycles. The result is bikes like this Bridgestone Angelino, shown here in the base configuration.

Bridgestone Angelina Mamachari Japanese bicycle

Shuichi in Kyoto runs the Mama Bicycle blog, which shows Japanese bike culture. He’s been wanting to ship a container of mamachari bikes to the USA for a few years now. Shuichi posted a survey to gauge demand. If you think you might be interested in a a very unique bike from Japan, check him out and fill out the survey.


  • July 23, 2013 - 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Richard. Thank you Cyclelicious. mama bicycle by Shuichi 🙂

  • Bruce
    September 9, 2013 - 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Need the Bridgstone Bravestar to be included with the shipments!! count me in with my friends for about a half a dozen!!:-)

  • Liz Washington
    March 15, 2017 - 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi i am interested to buy a mama chari , i would like to know how much the prize . Thank you

  • Pete
    March 22, 2017 - 3:40 pm | Permalink

    My wife has been looking for something to ride with our (now) three small dogs. Don’t show this to her! 🙂

  • Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 - 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I am ready to roll! Get that container packed. PLEEZE

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