Carl moved to southern California three years ago. He had graduated with a degree in Computer Animation from a school back east and was looking to break in with one of the big gaming studios in the Los Angeles area. With an impeccable student record, an impressive reel, and lots of freelance work already under his belt, he secured an entry level position with a company in Studio City.

He loves his job, the company culture, and the ability to flex his creative muscles everyday—all the while earning a paycheck. The only drawback, and it’s significant because he has to deal with it every day, is the morning and evening commute.

Back east, Carl was used to the occasional traffic snarl, but the LA traffic is something else altogether. It’s true gridlock, and in the 10 months or so he’s been doing the daily circuit to and from his apartment on Ventura Boulevard to work, it’s been getting worse. Either that, or his patience and ability to cope with the near 60-minute commute just to move 5 miles has worn thin. Some days, he thinks he’d be better off walking!

One day, once he’s one of the senior animators on staff, he might be able to remote in to work from his apartment, avoiding the daily headache. But not now—not as one of the junior staffers. He needs to be at work proving his mettle to the higher ups and building relationships with his coworkers.

The dream of working from home and avoiding his daily commuting nightmare, is just that—a dream.

Looking for a Commuting Solution

Jessica is a new hire who joined Carl’s animation team just a week ago. She lives at the other end of Ventura, up toward Universal City. Intrigued to know how she plans to tackle her morning commute, Carl asked her about it on break the other day. A San Diegan transplant, she explained how her commute wasn’t much of a bother at all since she’s been commuting the same way she did at her previous job: with a folding bike from Oyama!

Carl’s first reaction was, “A folding what?” but as he listened to her describe to advantages, he began to realize Jessica’ solution could very well be his own.

He had toyed with the idea of getting a mountain bike, but where could he store it at home, at work, or when he went to grab a bite for lunch? He wasn’t keen on always having to find a parking space where he could lock it up, and he certainly wasn’t convinced that a bike lock provided all that much security.

At about the size of a large backpack, Jessica explained, with a folder there’d be no need to leave it out on the street at the mercy of someone’s light fingers. He could easily stow it at his apartment, the office, take it in to the coffee shop or lunchtime café with him, or even bring it on the bus if needed.

Carl asked Jessica how her folding bike handled around traffic. Jessica assured him she’d had no problems. Granted, cyclists needed to be aware of their surroundings and the proximity of heavier motorized vehicles, but she found her folding bike easy to handle on even the most congested of roadways.

Sounding too good to be true, Carl assumed that folding bikes must be difficult to fold and unfold, but Jessica reassured him that breaking them down and setting them up took only minutes, and that if she could do it, she was sure he could too!

But surely the price put them out of reach, right?

Not true. Jessica explained that her first (and current) Oyama, a Skyline 7, didn’t cost much more than decent quality mountain bike from one of the local bike shops. And, truth be told, she confided to him, she’s thinking of upgrading to one of Oyama’s folding electric bikes, like the CX E8D. Who wants to be hot and sweaty on the ride in to work? With an ebike, she explained, it does most of the work, and you just have to steer!

Improving Door-to-Door Time

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So if you’re looking for a commuting solution for school or work, OYAMA bikes . . .

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