FIXED GEAR IN TOKYO
Quite beautiful week-end here in Tokyo. Saturday I took the fixie for a ride. I first took it in a bag for about 20mn of train from Yokohama to Ã”saki.
You just need to put it in a bag to be allowed to bring it with you. I use my road race bike front wheel which is easier to remove.
It's a Campagnolo Zonda :). It was also the last day for the brake lever original set-up. As I use it only in fixed mode (I have a flip-flop hub), I removed the rear brake (but I will always keep the front brake).
From there I followed the Meguro River (ç›®é»’å·) for a while.
The season of the Hanami is almost finished and sakura are losing their flowers in a nice "snowing" style.
It even covers the river from place to place.
A bridge designed by Eiffel... hum... whatever...
Meguro Kawa Sakura Matsuri, written on the right : Cherry Blossom festival of Meguro (Black eye) River. Each lantern represents a business of the neighborhood, this one is the "Furuyama Dentist Clinic"'s lantern.
Ok enough for the site seeing for now, let's go back to some fixed gear stuff;)
Following the Meguro river and then the yamate dori (a road) I arrived to the place of my job in Shibuya Ku! I was surprised at it was a first with the bike on this way. (I did not know exactly where I was going... yeah a great adventure :)
So I went straight to Dreamworks Cycle which is 2 minute from Samurai Factory's office. Dreamworks Cycle is a tiny shop but almost a museum! The owner who also supports for technical stuff the Sexon Super Peace shop (just one street away), was busy to mount a nice fixed gear. His stuff is mainly from Europe, oldies but VERY goodies things!
You can't really notice it on this picture but this beautiful pist bike is a junior model coming from Italia, Torino :
If you are in Tokyo looking for collector items from Europe, it's definitely a place to go.
This brake lever is hand made by the shop's owner.
Then after a break for a late lunch under the sakura of Yoyogi parc, I decided to go to the Blue Lug shop and checked their handle bars and brake lever.
Here are few shots of their items, they have much more (and also a good clothes corner).
These handle bars are damn heavy! Stainless!... not for me.
I almost bought this nice Nitto bar, really light... Maybe next time...
In front of the shop : mmmmm nice!
Chain ring on the left...
Funny handle bar.
This time I just bought this "one shot" brake lever (about 4800 yens - Gran Compe).
I mounted it this morning, here is my new set-up!
And to finish with, not related at all, a shot of Godzilla :
yes we can see him from time to time roaming in the streets of Tokyo ;-)
Posted on : 2009-04-12 08:09:49 by Jérôme Sadou
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