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  1. #1
    Each Drop of Sweat Counts
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    Managed to hit an LBS in Hawaii while on a trip

    Had several foldies as well. Managed to pick up an El Bolso bag for my Dahon's which will help dragging the things around in Japan here.

    Got to see a Swift Xootr (is that right?) and Bike Friday. Both bikes were cool but I still think the cool factor lies with the Dahons although we all know I'm highly disturbed you can't get spare parts for your Dahon's like you ought to be able to.

    Picked up some other goodies that barely fit in the suitcase as well, not foldie related. Desperately needed a bleed kit for my Juicy 3 brakes on my 29 'er mountain bike and carried one home.

    That and a grocery bag for my foldies and Trek Commuter bike (SU 2.0).

    All in all it was a blast just getting to speak bicycle in good English. Bike shop was the BikeFactory in Waikiki. Great place.

    John

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    Each Drop of Sweat Counts
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    Forgot to mention they had several Strida's as well. Was considering buying one for a conversation piece but after looking one over real well I never knew they had a uni-strut design on the front.

    It may be plenty strong but deep in my heart I'd never trust it.

    Still those are cool looking bikes.

    John

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    too many bikes
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    I know the owner. Bike Factory has helpful techs that don't think customers are a nuisance, which is how the owner trained them. BTW, the shop is not in Waikiki, it's in a district called Kakaako, the area between Waikiki and the financial district (Bishop St.). www.bikefactoryhawaii.com

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    Each Drop of Sweat Counts
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    Yep, you're right. It is out of Waikiki and you're also right the staff was very helpful and very friendly.

    Seemed like a really great shop.

    John

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    小型自転車マニアック \(^o^)y
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    Cool - I'll stop by if/when I ever make it back to Hawaii for a visit.

    I stopped by the local shop here on Okinawa, and they have a '09Speed Pro TT that caught my eye. Kinda hard not to catch anyone's eye - that mango color is BRIGHT!

    I'd like to eventually visit Taiwan someday soon when they're having the bicycle trade show. Taiwan's a quick flight over from here (2hrs or so), and it should be a treat. : )

    Maybe even next year.

    Rgds,
    K.

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    Each Drop of Sweat Counts
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    MASI Speciale Road, Specialized Rockhopper 29'er, Dahon Jetstream XP, Dahon Speed P8, Dahon Speed TR, Dahon Speed TT, Ignio Folding bike
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    Bridgestone has a Speed TT????? I'm there!

    The Bikefactory in just off Nimitz Highway (92) next to the Office Max. I'd estimate it's roughly halfway between the airport and Waikiki on 92.

    John

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