Posts Tagged ‘japan’

Kierin Flick.

August 28, 2011

Love this image, and as Elcyclista says… there’s nothing better for roller work than a plain white T!.

Spotted

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CampagnoLow.

May 25, 2011

So, I cracked another set of vintage pista cranks ( must be the hench ) and instead of yet again replacing like for like, in fear of a catastrophic fail I drew for a modern crankset. Enter Campagnolo Record Pista.

First appearances are a bit “Meh”. For the price of them ( even though I got a killer deal ) I was expecting a bit more. People all over the net gun for these ( anyone watch Louis Theroux t’other night? ) saying they’re the bees bits but to be honest the finish is garbage. They have painted on logos as opposed to laser etched or machined and the worst crime of all is that fact that the rear of the spider is not polished…. Like folks don’t look there. Believe me Campagnolo, we look there. I mean, you don’t see Ferraris with shabby engine bays do you?

I’v owned modern Suginos and vintage DA and, well, I think our eastern brethren make better quality stuff. Was it not for my bike being Euro and the rest of the hardware that adorns said bike being Euro I would’ve definitely gone for Dura Ace.

All that said, I’m still rather happy with my purchase and I can’t wait to slap ’em on but in all honesty Campagnolo just lost a customer*. Not that that matters, mind you… there are still plenty of Dentists and Doctors out there.

*edit. They look totally badass on the whip. Shame on me for ever doubting the Campag.

Kinfolk Killer.

April 15, 2011

Spotted on my flickr stream this morning and I couldn’t resist having a further look. All I can say is: Clean!

Kinfolk.

Rapha for Japan.

March 16, 2011

Rapha Rides for Tohoku

Rapha is organizing a series of world wide charity rides in order to help the victims of the worst disaster in Japan since World War 2.

Make a donation (minimum $10), and Rapha will match your amount.

Sending nothing but love and wishes to all affected in these troubled times.

Watch this.

March 9, 2011

Super, smashing, great… This film is all of these things. It’s shot extremely well with some real amazing photography and the commentary is good too, two thumbs up!

Before fixed-gear bikes became de rigueur for urban aesthetes, they were the weapon of choice for Japan’s fearless Keirin cyclists. A gladiatorial incarnation of track cycling that dates back to 1948, the Japanese sporting phenomenon operates by an intricate set of rules that sees competitors jostling for position on steeply banked tracks at lightning fast speeds, all but encouraging spectacular crashes. In today’s film for NOWNESS, Jonathan de Villiers (whose fashion photography and portraiture has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Wallpaper* and Fantastic Man) traveled to the national Keirin school in Tokyo and the Tachikawa and Yokkaichi velodromes to decode the strategy that governs the racing phenomenon. “I knew next to nothing about it when I went,” says de Villiers, “but I’m a big admirer of the anthropological documentary where you get taken into a whole different world. And what a strange, special and complex universe it turned out to be.” The state-run industry amasses tens of billions of dollars in gambling revenue each year.

Nowness.

Want!

November 10, 2010

NC Cycle mag from 1985 spotted at the TFG flickrspot.

Kinfolk goodness.

July 21, 2010

Love this shot, bet that frame looks absolutely delish! Props out to Kyle, fantastic job done there sir.

Seen here and here.

Max Titariwhat?

June 28, 2010

Oddities.

May 14, 2010

A weird example of a Japanese bicycle of the 1970’s. At that time, many Japanese bikes were imported into the U.S. Most Japanese companies had a line of bikes for the U.S. market and a line for the Japanese market. Sekine tried to sell one of their “Japan” models here, but it just didn’t sell. It has tons of accessories including brake lights, sequential blinkers, a radio, racks and a rear mounted kickstand. The Japanese were very interested in the U.S. “muscle cars,” and this bike has a bit of that flavor.

Via. And they have some serious racing bikes too.
Peep this from their collection.
And this De Rosa is too much!

Rapha x Yonretto Pt.2

May 7, 2010

Lust.

April 29, 2010

Looks like Max at TFG has been busy. Busy tapping away into Ebay because he recently managed to snag this absolute stunner of a TT bike off of there. Just look at that rear mech… You gotta love a bit of drillium! Gosh, jealous I am.

Like it? See more here.

Dura Ace Stash.

April 6, 2010

Spotted.

Rapha Yonretto.

March 10, 2010

Rapha Japan has it’s office in Nobeyama, on the mild eastern slope of Yatsugatake mountain: A farmer’s village of only 3500 population, the summers here create the best batch of wine grapes. Harsh conditions of 1400m elevation, with huge temperature differences from day to night makes highland vegetables unusually sweet. Cabbage, lettuce, and nappa cabbage from this area are considered to be the best and traded at high price for those who live in the metropolis. We eat for free, of course, as neighboring farmers leave them at the door every cool summer morning.

Read more on the trip and see more great photographs right here.

Bridgestone Up Close.

February 10, 2010

See more of this beast here.

Kinfolk Hotness.

January 22, 2010

Rapha Yonretto.

January 15, 2010

Rapha’s Japanese friend and agent, Daisuke Yano, was in London Town over the weekend for business and some impromptu ice riding. He also dropped this video, a snippet from the forthcoming Rapha Yonretto ride program, which will be an unprecedented documentation of Japanese riding – with a similar manifesto to that of the Rapha Continental.

Via Rapha.

Rapha Top 10.

January 11, 2010

Read all about the great things that Rapha plans to do this coming year… Here.

KAO.

December 9, 2009

Another product that I like the look of yet have no information on. Man I could seriously do with a few lessons in the Japanese language. Actually I should really try and master my own first!

Kao Stem seen at Pedal Consumption.

Handworks.

December 9, 2009

I like what is going on with these and the geometry don’t look too bad either.

Made of simple Cr-Mo so I have no doubt these will be cheap. If only I could understand what was being said on the website!

Spotted at Lockedcog.

Pete Tong.

November 27, 2009

I only managed to watch about 40 seconds of this until I could view no more and no I did not cease because of a server time-out or a youtube re-buffering. No… It was down to the sensation of something food like ( I think it was my breakfast ) travelling back up my trachea into my mouth that halted the full watching of this vid!

Enjoy.


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