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Tychom

Member since Jul 2011 • Last active Feb 2015
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    Yeah absolutely. If you look around on aliexpress you can find cheaper sets too if you want silver. That's the only shop doing black ones that I could find though.

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    These! . 17eur shipped isn't too bad and they work nicely enough. But they are little rough around the edges though, it's like they've been cast in a copy of a copy of a copy of the original mould. Not as well finished as even the old Tektro ones. Fine for the price though IMO.

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    Changed a few parts around, nicer setup for around town than before.

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    Kyoto is quite lovely, Kiyomizu-dera won't fail to impress even with a bazillion tourists swarming around you.

    Osaka is lovely for the food, beer and friendly atmosphere - eat plenty of okonomiyaki, takoyaki. It's a great place for street food and plenty of night life as a large city - warm up for Tokyo.

    Plenty to do in Tokyo - you won't regret eating lunch at Tsukiji - any restaurant there no matter how it looks on the outside will do fantastic sushi.

    Ginza is mainly fashion shopping but also has some vintage camera shops (highly priced) and other tech stuff - the MAP Camera there is amazing and vast - every technological gizmo you can imagine and worth a visit. Also a pretty good alcohol section.

    Shijuku/Shibuya - great for the shopping, again lots of big tech outlets and all manner of other stores. If you end up in Shinjuku at night then the Golden Gai area is a nice old fashion place to go get a drink.

    Wouldn't bother these days with Akihabara unless you happen to be in the area anyway (it's not far from Ueno or Asakusa by rail) used to be the tech meca but all the old videogame shops/stock have gone, most of the small electronics boutiques too. What's left now are the same shops you can find in the other parts of Tokyo and swarms of Otaku.

    Aoyama has a bit of a bike thing going on, there's the Cherubim store which is nice (coordinates on their website). Same street also has a few other bike shops including a large Anchor/Bridgestone one.

    There's obviously plenty of mountain/great lake places to visit, but Nikko is pretty impressive and if you've a bike or car to get up above it then there's some lovely lakes (Chuzenji), views, and roads.

    Lovely cycling around Japan in the countryside, particularly the time of year you'll be there - very mountainous, forested. Also the coastal roads can be lovely too, up and down between bays. Less interesting is cycling in the built up areas - very stop start, narrow streets, lots of intersections. Not much fun but perhaps still interesting if it's your first time, you still get to see a lot more than if you were just on a train.

    You can get a Mama-chari for not much at all, maybe 15,000yen or less from one of many family bike shops. But it's not much use on the open road, not very fast at all in fact and will only come in small size which may be no good at all to you.

    As said before, the Keirin racing is actually incredibly dull.

    I'm not a huge bike shop fan generally so feel free to ignore me, but Blue Lug you can see everything they sell (and buy it too) on their online store. Don't see too much point in actually visiting the shop personally unless you have a lot of spare time on your hand. I wasn't too impressed by Dreamworks when i passed by - there were a couple of frames hidden at the back of the (ridiculously) small store, otherwise they mainly had lots of overpriced vintage European parts - kinda silly going all the way from Europe just to see that. With Punch cycles you can't really guarantee they'll open at 6pm, so maybe have something else to do in the area..

    Other bike-ish things not yet mentioned I think in Tokyo: abovebike.com/ , Kinfolk, kuhnsbar.com/entry.html, cycles-yokoo.co.jp/, level-cycle.com/, kalavinka-bikes.com/, tempracycle.com, rew10.com/, sunrise-cycles.com/Home.html

    If you've a fixed address somewhere a lot of parts (Nitto, Shimano etc) can be bought on amazon.co.jp at cheaper than store prices - it's easy enough to sign up, they even have an english mode when logged in, and take foreign cards. Any of the independent dealers on the site will take payment and ship in Japan for peanuts (amazon themselves will ship abroad fwiw), far easier than traipsing around the stores to buy the more common stuff IMO.

    Eat lots over there, the food is lovely - not just the fishy things but all sorts of fried and curried goods too. Don't forget to drop in to any of the 711/Family Part/Lawson etc stores any hour of the day to stock up on fried chicken from the hot food counter at the front of each store, and other fast food too, it's great fuel for cycling and tourism :)

    Also if you plan on catching the Sakura, know that it travels slowly day by day from south-west to north-east (like the autumnal foliage too), you can completely miss it if you're not careful by being in the wrong part of the country on the wrong date, even criss crossing from places it's not really started yet to places where it's almost over. So check your dates.

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    For reference whole kg243 builds go for anything between 25oeur and 400eur here in France in the classifieds, and when frames do come up on ebay I'm sure they're about the same.

    My old one is the first up on google:

    I think that whole build of mine was about 400eur.

    Was a bit short for me but I liked it enough, it's a very stiff, very heavy frame, tracks nicely, bit harsh on the cobbles (wheelset could have played a part in that tbh), nice shiny paint that flakes off impressively quickly around the BB and headset.

    Would buy again - but not at £550. I personally wouldn't pay more than 250eur for a really good condition one (no rust, no paint flaking off). It's a nice frame but you can get something else with a little more give, a little lighter, nicer on longer rides - particularly for £550. You can get equally nice frames for far less if you look around

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    First day back on my bike here in Paris after two weeks down with some nasty flu and about 500 meters from my door some dumb old twat on a Velib rides straight on into my front wheel almost knocking us both down.

    Two way cycle path and this guy is ambling along, I'm not going much faster, first day back out there and new shoes , but he's going slow enough that I'll pass him no problem. So nobody is coming & I head into the opposite lane and begin to pass the guy, leaving plenty of space, when he decides he's just gonna cycle in the opposite lane too. No particular reason, no looking about him, just glides in, and then further still until it's clear he's gonna push me off the lane entirely and I'm starting to shout at him to look out - he then decides to swerve 45 degrees and head off the track entirely, goes straight into my front wheel, takes us both off the track but luckily I manage to stay on the bike.

    At this point I've already shouted putain regardez , to which he offers the particularly parisian 'quoi?'. With nobody coming still I head straight back into the lane, see this idiot continuing now to ride in the opposite lane before starting to make a beeline back into the correct lane - and straight at me again, so I just get out of there at this point telling him again to fucking look where he's going.

    Obviously my fault because my bell is on the other bike, that's going back on again right now.

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    I picked up the Giro Rumble when they were on sale and so far liking them alot, replacing a pair of Dzr, no idea the model anymore - hightop, dreadfully soft (comfy) leather - they didn't last very long, had no grip when walking in the wet, bit of a shame really. So far so good with the Giro, feel very very solid on the bike, comfy off it too.

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    Here . They do pink ones too, the replacement coloured flange covers, and a bunch of other fun things.

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    It's a ring and crankset stamped to commemorate Fuji bikes 111th anniversary, not Sugino's. Apart from that, no there's nothing non-legit about it. Depends if you want a big red chainring on your silver crankset or not.

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    It's the Pearl that's 71, but whilst the Jaguar stem is most often found in 58 degrees, there's also a 65 degree version out there (aluminium only).

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