Sunday 29 September 2013
Saturday 28 September 2013
Our good buddy Brad sent us this photo he took of a scrap yard while he was out riding in Nara. As we have mentioned before, bicycle parking can be a bit of problem in Japan and there are always many abandoned bikes for the authorities here to deal with but it's still sad to see so many mama-chari's stacked up ready for scrapping like this...
Considering that Japan is over 70% mountains it was about time we featured something for the 26ers out there (and the 29ers and the 27.5ers too!) We took a trip out to Toyonaka, Osaka yesterday to check out the MTB store RingoRoad...
|The workshop side of the store...|
|...And the MTB side|
|Yeti, Foes, Santa Cruz, Intense...|
|A niner Hardtail...|
|Another Yeti and a Santa Cruz...|
|A Devinci Wilson Carbon...|
|Yet another Yeti...|
|A carbon Intense Hardtail..|
|SBC, Niner, etc etc etc...|
|Just a few of the forks on display in store...|
|Anyone need a chain device?...|
|...Or some risers?...|
|...And a stem to go with them?...|
|How about a chainring?....|
|Don't forget the pedals!|
Thursday 26 September 2013
A selection of random shots as the season changes slowly into Autumn...
|Nara Uneme Matsuri|
We have prepared ourselves for the forthcoming winter already, the Surly Cross Check, now with added monsterness, 29x1.9 Kenda Karma tyres supplied by Guell...
|Sunset at Heijo Palace, Nara.|
|Saturday night, Ame-Mura, Osaka.|
|Late afternoon ride around Nara.|
|Kyocera Dome, home of the Orix Buffaloes.|
|Shadow shot, Heijo Palace, Nara.|
|Sunset over Nara.|
|Susuki, Heijo Palace, Nara.|
|Harvest full moon behind Kofuku-ji, Nara.|
Sunday 22 September 2013
We picked up this flyer in Osaka yesterday for the fourth Osaka Fixed Bike Festival that takes place in October...
The event will be held at the Namba River Place and as the young people say, we are so there dude!
We will report back here after the event with news and pictures of the day's happenings.
Thursday 19 September 2013
Spotted out in Nara last week, these two custom Cycroc Flat-1 mini-velo bikes. We are seeing more and more of these bikes around, usually locked up when we are out in Osaka but it's quite rare to see them in Nara.
Digging the Skyway wheels and the Panaracer skinwall tyres for that old school BMX look...
Sunday 15 September 2013
A selection of shots from the past week...
|Ready to ride in Osaka with Brad, that's his rather nice Nagasawa fixie.|
|Osaka Public Hall|
|Umeda Sky Building, Osaka.|
|Bike "parking", Umeda, Osaka.|
|Rush hour, Osaka station.|
|Night riding with the Guell crew, photo by Toshio-san|
Friday 13 September 2013
Thursday 12 September 2013
We were back at Nara Keirin yesterday for the last day of a three day meeting. We even placed a couple of bets, sadly our system of choosing random numbers just doesn't cut it in the complex world of keirin betting. We left the track ¥400 poorer. We will have to work out a better system for future visits. Here's the photos...