Friday, 17 February 2017

Gyro Bike, Osaka

A little bit of a backstory to this. Last summer whilst cycling around Osaka we chanced by this little bike shop in the Nakazaki neighbourhood, unfortunately at that time the shop was closed as it was the next few times we tried. Last week it was open and we ventured inside...


Gyro Bike is an Aladin's cave of old and mid-school mountain biking. Crammed full of mint condition bikes, frames, parts and memorabilia. The shop owner is very friendly and talkative man who spent an hour telling us about his past travels and adventures in the MTB world, he's met such legendary figures as Gary Fisher, Tom Ritchey, John Tomac, Tinker Juarez and Missy Giove...


The assortment of bikes on display is mind blowing for any MTB nerd, limited edition Cannondale's sit alongside custom GT full bouncer's...






And then you look up. The amount of vintage frame porn, all mint condition, hanging from the rafters is stunning. Tomac full susser's, Rocky Mountain's, Sintesi's...


A couple of Klein's for good measure...


Tucked away in the corner are a couple of Ibis hardtail's...


Including a beautiful titanium Mojo...



And all around the shop there are perfect condition parts...




The cabinets that line the wall are also filled with so much vintage WANT...









The owner told us that he no longer runs a website so there is nothing we can link to here. We have marked the location on Google Maps so if you're in Osaka it's fairly easy to find. We'll be back there soon to take tons more photos and buy lots of parts.


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