As written in a previous blog, I’m just so impressed with what the Japanese cycling fraternity manage to put together. Keirin racing, a very solid recreational and club cycling scene, Pro racing and of course a World leading fixed gear and single speed culture which is NOT the supremely style-driven and fad-tastic scene that is slowly but surely firming up its grip on the cycling and not so cycling minded, but a way of life. As for life changing, I’ve witnessed best friends who weren’t into riding have their bike collection explode upwards of 3 or 4 bikes in the 5 years since they first decided a bike was for them. JBeez, Jonny P, Tom Boner, Wada-sama: you’re all guilty.
I came across this supremely tasty shop in Osaka this week while trolling the web for a place where I could lay my slippery mitts on a Panasonic Keirin track bike (If I see you riding this, I’ll rob you and take your ride- I saw it first and you can’t have it). A local bike store was attempting to jam me for $200 for a 1960’s Universe track frame (rusty, no less) and when I was negotiating prices I was told it was $200 firm ‘because it has horizontal dropouts’. Erm, yeah, like this is the only frame that has them- so rare. Needless to say I found a shedload of groin-swelling ideas on the net, but if you want to waste some of your time when sitting at your desk, go here: www.tracksupermarket.com. Very creamy indeed. We’ll be on the blower to them next week to see if we can get a load of our stock up for their warmer months.
Check out their blog and see the quality of work they are pumping out. Seriously good gear getting built up.