Saturday, 19 August 2017

Just have fun 17082017

Merida Carbon Frame Repainted by Swamp Things

Swamp Things Paint and Above Bike just killed it with this fabulous feline inspired paint job...

Merida Carbon Frame Repainted by Swamp Things


Merida carbon frame & fork become the cat.

See more on the Above Bike Flickr.

AKIRA TANAKA JAPAN , SUBROSA STREET RAIL x TUBAGRA SHAKA 24

EXTARPROTON ラグレス スローピングフレーム

Another beautiful Extar Proton custom build by the mighty Movement...


3 SPOT 21 TRICKS / STREET TRIALS

FiN Ridin' South

Fixed In Nara, doing his thing down in Asuka...

Photo Credit: FiN.

AUTHEN SESSION 2

Friday, 18 August 2017

Vintage RiIH Sport Roadbike

Beautiful vintage RIH Sport road bike conversion spotted locked to a Surly Steamroller in the back alleys of Namba a couple of weekends ago...







There's always hidden gems in the Osaka backstreets. Follow RIH Sport on Instagram to see more of their bikes, both classic and modern.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Vintage Alpinestars MTB

Rather sweet vintage Alpinestars full suspension MTB spotted out in Osaka a couple of weeks ago complete with a portable workstand!..


Azonic/Cane Creek cockpit...


And full XTR groupset...


26. Is. Not. Dead.

Monday, 14 August 2017

First Dispatch from Kinki Cycle Midwest Correspondent

Greetings from Minneapolis, MN a.k.a. BIKE CITY USA!  My name is Pete C. and I am the new Midwest Correspondent for KCDC.  よろしく おねがいします.  I’ve just returned from Nara, Japan and am enjoying the bike life back in Minnesota.  With Bubba left behind in the capable hands of Kinki Cycle, I had to build myself a new ride here in the States.  I put together a beautiful bike built around a Soma Analog frame.  It is a work of art, so I thought it fitting to snap a few shots of it next to another work of art, the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities...


Soaring through space and time...


Tange/IRD sliding dropouts will make for an easy conversion to single speed should I go that way down the road.  Also pictured are a couple of Bubba components: 8-speed cassette and Very Good space-aged derailleur.  (Please note—I sorted out that fishing line caught up in the derailleur shortly after this shoot.)



Like a 100-watt tube amplifier, I like the gearing “overhead” the triple-crankset provides.  I don’t remember the model, but this is the cheapest one Shimano makes with which you can replace chainrings...


This bike is my entry into the disc brake world, but so far installation and adjustment has been a breeze.  These are BB5s with 160mm rotors.  The rubber pictured is a 2.5” Kenda K-Rad tire.  Note the front rack, KC/DC decal, and Delta Hublox front skewer...


I built the bike with a Nashbar Rigid 26” Mountain Fork.  Advertised as a 26” size with room for up to 3” tires, I want to explore the limits of this fork (and the overall bike geometry)—there’s certainly room for 27.5, 29ers and beefier tires as well...


The opposite of Slam That Stem?  Raise the roof!  With spacers galore.  Beautiful Soma headbadge, mad spacers, and Bubba-sourced handlebars, shifters and brake levers...


It’s not as hot here in MN as it is back in Kansai, but we still have to stay hydrated.  I made a stop at The Hub Bicycle Co-Op for my hydration needs...


Here’s another shot of the Soma looking tough...


Parting shot of the Weisman, sun setting behind us across the Mississippi...


Stay cool in Kansai, and stay tuned for more news from the Twin Cities!



#26aintdead

#26isrisen

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Pete's Chari & Soma

So last month we said goodbye to a friend, Nara biking legend and all round good guy big Pete and his lovely lady returned home to America after three years in Tawaramoto, Nara. He very kindly left his prized Bubba with us which meant during his final few weeks he was riding this rather fine example of the ubiquitous Japanese mama-chari...


That #BasketLyfe thing was happening here well before the Californian yuppies and dentists made it trendy and expensive...



No need for #ShutUpLegs style inspirational top tube quotes, just a few sensible rules to keep oneself alive...


Fully enclosed single speed chain guards are the new 1x11...


Security is important too...


A fine steed, a work horse that will still be rolling the streets of southern Nara long after we've all moved onto the next tyre size gravel bike coffee outsiding trend...


He may be gone but he's still riding. And in style too on his new SomaFab 26er looking pretty pretty good in these two shots...


Bonus cool points for the Bob Mould star...


There will be regular updates posted here soon from the man himself and his bike adventures in Minneapolis.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Crazy Sheep Charollais

Rather classy Crazy Sheep Charollais single speed spotted out in Osaka last week...


Living that #BasketLyfe...



The addition of a Rindow Bullet light points to this being a Velo Life Unpeu build...


Follow Crazy Sheep and their Kyoto showroom Crazy Sheep Farm on Instagram for more crazy classy builds.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Wakakusa Wednesday

Last Wednesday saw the inaugural #WakakusaWednesday night ride. After sending out a few texts and a couple of Instagram posts with the details we ( F-i-N, Kentaro-san, Mikey, Takao and Nuho) all met up at JR Nara for a climb in the darkness up and over Wakakusayama...


Nuho arrived from Osaka on his gorgeous new (Movement built) Monk Bicycles dirt drop MTB...


Out into the streets we go...


Into the darkness we head, this is the only shot worth posting from the actual ride, it's fucking dark up there, FiN was shooting shots like a paparazzi in a Parisian tunnel so there may be something over on his blog soon...


Back down at JR Nara after the climb...


Cheers to everyone who came out. This will be a regular event, possibly once a month depending on the weather and if we can be arsed. Stay tuned to the Instagram.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Monster Muddy Fox MFB

Naoya-San from Filterweb has a very cool, very custom Araya Muddy Fox MFB, when we saw it on display at Y's Road Osaka last week we just had to get some shots...


Ready for all kinds of adventure with a Surly fork/Paul hub combo running a massive 4.8 tyre up front...


Naturally kitted out with Filterweb bags and a bit of #basketlyfe action...



Shimano XTR going all the way up to 50!!!


Possibly the coolest Muddy Fox around, thanks to Naoya-San for all the information. Follow the Y's Road Osaka store on Instagram for more custom builds.