Having bicycled in the US and around Germany, I mentioned to a colleague that the way people ride bikes differs radically between different places, and he agreed, noting it "sounds like a job for cultural anthropology." He went on to say "In Japan, one of the things I've noticed that differ from US cycling attitudes is that students tend to sit lower so during an abrupt stop, both feet can be used to stabilize the bike. This is for safety and is considered proper etiquette."
This reminded me of the recent thread ("Most ridiculous folder ever?"), which began as follows:
The bike in question looks like a fiasco to me, and I would never ride it. It is totally unsuitable for the way I ride. But it may be pretty well suited to the streets of Shanghai. I know some of you have been to some pretty exotic places... want to fill us in?Originally Posted by gbcb