Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Unknown Pleasures

Spotted in Nara last week locked up outside a local supermarket, this cool little...erm...well we are not sure what to call it, a tourer? A porteur? A mini-randonneur? Whatever it is it sure is nice...


All we can tell you is it has a Sturmey rear hub, Araya possibly 24" or 26" rims and a Brooks style saddle...


Monday, 21 April 2014

Another Green World


After a couple of days of rain we took an evening ride around Nara Park and everything seemed to have turned green...


Still a few bits of blossom clinging to the trees...

Shika Shot!
Clouds over Mt Ikoma.
Panorama of a deserted park.
Shika Shot II! 
Todai-ji.
Nandaimon in the distance.
Nandaimon.
#30DaysOfBiking


And for anyone out there under 40 who does not get our oh so clever post title reference...

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Guell Crew Night Ride

A gentle 10km ride with the Guell Crew in Nara last night. Here are the usual blurry photos from the night...


Riding through the quiet, dark streets of Nara...


...Heading for Cafe Junk in Tomio...


...Bicycle parking took a bit of planning...


 Refueled and ready for the ride back to Nara...



Arigato to Toshio-san and the whole Guell crew!


#30DaysofBiking 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Nara Keirin Last Race


We caught the final couple of races at Nara Keirin today on the first day of a three day FII meeting. Our plan was to try and get as many decent shots of the bikes and action for you...




All seemed normal as the riders lined up for the 10th and final race...



Then, after the pacer dropped out the race appeared to get a little physical with the riders seeming to be goading each other into an early sprint...


A lot of jostling and nudging going on...





Then on the final lap the inevitable happened with Nara's own Yuji Ariama going down. Thankfully he was able to walk to the stretcher and did not seem to be too badly hurt...



In the end the race was won by number 4 with numbers 6 and 3 taking second and third respectively.




Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Miyazaki Cycle Osaka (Part 2)


Here are a few of Brad's rather excellent photos taken at the wonderful Miyazaki Cycle last weekend...



Baramon Track Bike.
Campag and Dura Ace cranks.
Some more detailed shots of that record breaking National bike...




Panasonic MTB frame.
Bars!
National/Panasonic radio, clock and advert.
National Boy!
You can keep up to date with the shop's creations on their brilliant shop blog. Cheers, as always, to Brad for sharing these great pictures.

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