Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Tottori, Japan
Bikes: Rivendell Rambouillet, GT Lightning, Bridgestone RB-2, Johnny Coast Track, Sekine Medialle SHT
I find proper bikes (that is to say not cheap mamacharis) here to be quite a bit more expensive than back home in the U.S. I also find that it's cheaper for me to buy parts, accessories, and clothing online from retailers like wiggle.co.uk, and sjscycles.co.uk, even with shipping and customs costs. It also helps that the Yen and the dollar are stronger than they've been in the past against the pound (currently about $1.49 to the pound, whereas it used to be around $2.00).