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    Any riders in Tokyo

    Any riders here in Tokyo?
    http://www.cyclistsroadmap.com/eng/ - Cyclists' road map. Checkout which roads are good for cycling and rate roads in your area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spire View Post
    Any riders here in Tokyo?
    I am from Tokyo with a small cycling group. Where are you in Tokyo? If you are interested we can probably hook up?

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    I'm in Tokyo too, and I'm just starting to get back into cycling, get into shape.

    I did the Tokyo City Cycling fun ride last weekend, and before that I rode down to Zushi, so I can ride, but hills still kill me, as I'm still too big.

    I'd be interested in rides on Sundays.

    Cheers!

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    I'm in the western suburbs of Tokyo.

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    I'm in the west suburbs too! (Fuchu)
    http://www.cyclistsroadmap.com/eng/ - Cyclists' road map. Checkout which roads are good for cycling and rate roads in your area.

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    I'm in downtown Tokyo, Shinjuku to be exact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spire View Post
    I'm in the west suburbs too! (Fuchu)
    Hi Spire,
    Have you been to the Sekido bashi Cycle Flea Market on Tama gawa? It's very close to where you live. I went in Spring but I heard it wasn't as good as
    usual because of the weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post
    Hi Spire,
    Have you been to the Sekido bashi Cycle Flea Market on Tama gawa? It's very close to where you live. I went in Spring but I heard it wasn't as good as
    usual because of the weather.
    I guess the October version of this flea market would be on the 3rd Saturday, which is the 16th, I don't know if I can go or not, But I'd sure like to!

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    Checking in from Machida (western suburbia again!) - The flea market sounds cool, I'm new in town so I need just about everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pobble.808 View Post
    Checking in from Machida (western suburbia again!) - The flea market sounds cool, I'm new in town so I need just about everything.
    If you want a fixie or SS or an expensive old touring bike, old steel road frame, old Campy parts then they'll have something for you. If you just want something rideable for a year or so then I'd recommend Hard Off or Yahoo Auction (as noted in the other thread) I've never bought anything there but it's interesting to check out anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu In Tokyo View Post
    I guess the October version of this flea market would be on the 3rd Saturday, which is the 16th, I don't know if I can go or not, But I'd sure like to!
    It's a nice ride out from Shinjuku.

    I'm going to try to go in Oct but I have to go on a business trip sometime in the next couple of months, going to try to make it not that Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu In Tokyo View Post
    I guess the October version of this flea market would be on the 3rd Saturday, which is the 16th, I don't know if I can go or not, But I'd sure like to!
    I'm not sure if I can go in October (its the first weekend after my exams, I think I want to get out of town)
    I might be able to head out in November.

    How good is the turnout, usually?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spire View Post
    I'm not sure if I can go in October (its the first weekend after my exams, I think I want to get out of town)
    I might be able to head out in November.

    How good is the turnout, usually?
    It's only on twice a year Spring and Autumn.  I've been two times, once years ago and once last Spring. There were fewer people in Spring but it had been postponed from the previous weekend because of rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spire View Post
    Any riders here in Tokyo?

    There is a fairly organized group (lots of foreigners) operating in central Tokyo. You can find about the group at their website: http://halffastcycling.com/

    I have gone with them a couple of times, they were to slow for me at the time... which was several years ago. I've done nothing but sit on my butt since then.

    I am considering connecting up with them again, but now fear I will be to slow

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    Check out tokyocycle.com

    Good people, rides just about every weekend, information on races, etc.

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    Thanks for the info guys, when I'm back in riding shape, I'll get in touch with them, it would be good to ride with someone else!

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    I'm in Setagaya, Tokyo. My wheels are a Bike Friday Pocket Rocket that I received earlier this month.

    I'm 50 and gradually building up my distances again and shedding weight.

    Has anyone here done the Mt Fuji Hill Climb race in June? I am thinking of doing a run up the mountain to the fifth stage along the same course as the race, sometime before it gets to cold or snow becomes a problem (I did the rest of the route, from the 5th stage to the peak on foot in August :-) ), weather permitting.

    It's over 100 km from here to Mt Fuji, so my current plan is to drive to Fujihokuroku Park by car with the bike in the trunk, park the car there and cycle to the fifth stage and coast back down again. Any idea what temperatures to expect in October?

    Also, I don't have much experience with long mountain climbs yet. With an average gradient of about 5% for 24 km, will the descent be hard on the brakes?

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    I completed the Fuji Subaru line on Saturday with my son. 29 km uphill from Fujiyoshida IC to 5th station (close to 1500 altitude metres), then the whole route down again mostly in darkness.

    The weather was great and so were the views, but the descent was freezing cold.

    Having the distances to the goal painted on the road (probably from the Mt Fuji Hill Climb "fun ride" in June) was a great encouragement on the climb.

    Full report with pictures >> HERE <<




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    Hi joe and stu!
    Good to see you guys here as well

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    Hi cubex, yes, it's a small world! :-)

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