Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

No it's not Christmas, but here is the second post of the day!

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

I recently enjoyed some night walks in the streets of Tokyo.

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

I go to different neighborhoods but anywhere I go I notice some nice fixed gear bicycles or single speed ones.

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

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Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Fixies in the Night - Tokyo

Ok, the last one was shot during day time.

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Tags : Fixed gear Single speed Tokyo

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By kuroshirohaiiro At 2009-08-10 01:19:17
from San Francisco, California ,Abandoning the art of tarking

Hey! I am a long time fixed rider. I just recently discovered your blog and totally love it. I am an international business/Japanese major. I am studying at Waseda (not this coming Fall but...)next Fall. I'm really excited about getting a fixed in Japan. Thanks for this blog! feel free to e-mail me and chat about the differences between American-fixed-culture and Japan-fixed-culture.

By LoneCub At 2009-08-13 12:06:00
from Chicago ILL ,NOTHING!!

Hey what's up with the yellow and pink bike on picture 6 and 7 that's a crappy lock. Unfortunately if that was Chicago or any other big city that bike would not last the night. I guess there isn't much bike theft in Japan.

By Jérome At 2009-08-13 18:34:40
from Shibuya ,Working

Thanks for the comments.

@kuroshirohaiiro : don't hesitate to contact me when you'll be in Tokyo!

@LoneCub : yep, I think Japan must be one of the safest country in the world. At one point that I often forget to lock my bike and I use also a crappy lock... That said, some unlucky guys have had their bike stolen.

By baroccogiapponese At 2009-08-17 21:58:27
from Tokyo ,Graphic designer

I'm a newcomer in the world of pignon fixe. I'm still learning and Tokyo is the perfect place to learn!
I've never seen so many wonderful bikes like in this city.
Btw, thanks for your great blog.

By Jérome At 2009-08-18 06:27:05
from Home ,soon to wash the dishes o_O


Hey, I guess you can see some wonderful bikes in Italia also, with all the great frame makers and Campagnolo! (vintage ones cost the bomb here..)

By baroccogiapponese At 2009-08-26 23:42:51
from Tokyo ,Designer

Yes, in Italy we have many good bikes, but still, in Japan le pignon fixe is even more popular, or fashionable!
And yes vintage bikes are too expensive in Japan! In Italy they are still affordable and you can get old frames for very cheap prices. Next time I go to Italy I'll maybe buy an old frame: I could start a business!

By NoX At 2009-08-27 10:11:16

Félicitations Jérome pour toutes ces photos de fixies et de Tokyo: ceux sont deux univers dont je me sens trà¨s proche également (meme si perso j'ai pas la chance de vivre au Japon).
Je m'interroge sur le modà¨le du cintre du Cinelli mystic rat: qqun connait-il la marque et sait-il ou se le procurer??
Merci encore à  toi Jerome de nous faire partager ta vision du japon et ta passion du fixie (tu as tjs ton fuji track?)

By Jérome At 2009-08-27 22:40:48
from Shibuya ,Back from lunch

Salut NoX,

he bien...merci! Content de trouver quelqu'un intéressé par les 2 thà¨mes du blog ! Pour le cintre du cinelli je penche pour un découpage maison de la part de son propriétaire.

Oui j'ai toujours mon Fuji Feather (est-il vendu en France?), je m'en sers tous les jours pour me rendre à  la gare de Yokohama. Je l'ai legerement modifié depuis son acquisition et il ressemble maintenant à  la version qui sera proposée en 2010 (hasard total! Je m'en suis rendu compte en découvrant une publicité récente dans un mag' )

By NoX At 2009-09-03 09:49:55

Merci pour ta réponse! Ca te dérange si je poste la photo du cintre sur voir s'ils ont pas deja vu ce genre de guidon en "serie" (vu mes talents avec une scie..^^)
Pour le Fuji: on peut se procurer par correspondance le Fuji track mais pas ton modele, non..
Ptite question; tu trouves que le fixie est vraiment propre a Tokyo ou il t'arrive d'en croiser dans la plus lointaine banlieue voire dans la campagne nippone??

By Jérome At 2009-09-03 19:40:42
from Tokyo ,Working :)

Pas de probleme pour envoyer la/les photos sur . Mais elles sont un peu sombre :/

Pour répondre à  ta question, toutes les grandes villes sont "touchées" Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka etc... Le terme lointaine banlieue (a la Francaise) ne correspond pas tout a fait a la situation ici. Disons que j'inclus les banlieues dans les 2 megalopoles (Autour de Tokyo et autour d'Osaka).

Quand a la campagne, je dirais non (a priori), déjà  par le fait que la population y est beaucoup plus agée en moyenne...

[interlude : wow ... on vient d'avoir un tremblement de terre...]

A la campagne c'est peut-etre plus les dekochari : (decoration + chari [velo]) :

dekochari ^_^

By kress At 2009-09-22 00:21:25
from W-Tokyo ,Idling/Freelancing/Studying

hey Jerome, thx for sharing these amazing impressions. i've just arrived in JP and would love to get my hands on a fixie. can u give advice on buying 2nd hand? sites/shops to check, or perhaps u happen to know some ppl with a bike for sale? thx a bunch!

By H At 2009-09-28 05:57:15

God i hate fixies. pointless, unsafe, fashion victim rubbish.

By Jérome At 2009-09-28 06:06:47
from Kamaya Cho ,commenting my own blog :)

Kress : sorry I did not answer before... well if you check the other articles you'll find information about different shops. If you can read Japanese yahoo auctions can be interesting. and in about 3 weeks the bike flea market of Sekidobashi will take place.

H : I think you are my first troll, welcome ^_^.

By NoX At 2009-10-31 02:51:47

chez cyclope c'est tout récent...comme cela tu peux comparer les prix.. bon weekend Jerome!

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