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Old 09-20-10, 11:18 PM   #1
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Greetings From Tokyo Japan

Hi, I'm a Canadian who has been living in Tokyo Japan for 20 years. I used to live in Vancouver BC before the move.

I'm married with two teenage daughters, we run our own business, my wife's family business, a liquor shop, we work a lot.

I'm in the process of getting back in shape, June 11th of this year I was at 300 pounds, now, Sept 21st I'm at 258 pounds. I want to get back down to about 175 pounds, so I have a ways to go yet

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I recently restored my 1988 Cannondale SM500 and I then built a trailer for it, I do the deliveries around the neighbourhood via my bike and trailer now, unless it is really raining hard. I have also started going on longer rides, two weeks ago I did a ride down to a place called Zushi, it was 64Km/40 miles one way. Last weekend I took part in a group run ride called "Tokyo City Cycling" there were 2500 people in this ride, we went all around Tokyo, for about 40Km/25 miles.

My old Cannondale is a mountain bike, but I've changed it over to use on the road, touring tires, road bike cassette etc. I am looking to get myself a new bike at some point down the road, when I get a lot lighter, I want to start doing some touring, maybe even some camping.

Well that is me.

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Old 09-21-10, 03:22 AM   #2
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Cheers Stu, welcome to Bike Forums.

Congrats on your progress so far!

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Old 09-21-10, 03:44 AM   #3
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Thank you Juha!
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Nice rig!
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Welcome to the forums. Nice looking trailer. I like the double struts to the hitch. I bet the utility cycling forum would like to see a picture of your rig. Check out the other forums of interest to you.
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Old 09-24-10, 09:44 AM   #6
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Thank you for the welcome, I'll check out the utility forum
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Hi Stu, nice rig. Which part of Tokyo are you in?

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Hi Pat.

Downtown Tokyo, Shinjuku, where abouts are you?
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Down the Chuo line
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Right on Stu! I lived in Tokyo and Yokohama for several years and we will probably end up retiring there as well. My next visit will be February, and I want to bring a bike but that's not exactly prime riding weather time.
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So you live out Tachikawa way? At least you are closer to the mountains than I am
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Right on Stu! I lived in Tokyo and Yokohama for several years and we will probably end up retiring there as well. My next visit will be February, and I want to bring a bike but that's not exactly prime riding weather time.
February is not the best cycling weather, but it is Tokyo, so it will only be cold, not snowy
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So you live out Tachikawa way? At least you are closer to the mountains than I am
Actually I'm about 10 minutes ride from Takao-san, it's a nice ride out past there to Yamanashi, I'm not the best climber though.
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Actually I'm about 10 minutes ride from Takao-san, it's a nice ride out past there to Yamanashi, I'm not the best climber though.
Mt. Takao, isn't that the mountain they have a chair lift to the top, so you can take the lift up and then walk down

I am not the best climber either, still too fat!
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Actually it's the mountain where they have a chair lift to the top, which has a beer garden, so you can take the lift up and then walk down drunk.

If you keep going past Takao there's a stiff climb and then you're at Sagami lake and one more climb and you're in wine/fruit country. (I didn't say good wine).
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Mt. Takao, isn't that the mountain they have a chair lift to the top, so you can take the lift up and then walk down
That is correct. By the way I've just relocated to Machida for a year. Only have a borrowed 3-speed mamachari to ride so far, but it's good enough for cruising the very nice One Ryokudo path between Machida and Hachioji. Any other tips for fun rides in this area will be much appreciated!
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That is correct. By the way I've just relocated to Machida for a year. Only have a borrowed 3-speed mamachari to ride so far, but it's good enough for cruising the very nice One Ryokudo path between Machida and Hachioji. Any other tips for fun rides in this area will be much appreciated!
Head down past Tamagawa Uni (route 3 I think). When you get to Noborito turn left, go along Tamagawa (changing sides now and then) when you get to Fusa there's a place called Ishikawa brewery, great place for a date if a little expensive. (It's a little shorter if you turn right a bit before Yomiyuri land)

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Pobble, how do you get on the One Ryokudo path? Coming from Hachioji I usually go down route 16 and then turn left onto Machida dori or just follow route 16 all the way.
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Well, I walk out the door, get on the bike, and ride up the street for 20 or 30 seconds and I'm on it -- pretty sweet! This is about 0.3 km in from the eastern end of the path near Sakura-doori.

Would love to check out the Tamagawa Cycling Road, but based on what I've seen riding around my neighborhood, I think that getting over the ridge between here and there on my current wheels might be a bit of a stretch. Guess I could swallow my pride and walk the gnarliest part...
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Well, I walk out the door, get on the bike, and ride up the street for 20 or 30 seconds and I'm on it -- pretty sweet! This is about 0.3 km in from the eastern end of the path near Sakura-doori.
I mean can you tell me how to get on it? I can't find it on a map.

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Would love to check out the Tamagawa Cycling Road, but based on what I've seen riding around my neighborhood, I think that getting over the ridge between here and there on my current wheels might be a bit of a stretch. Guess I could swallow my pride and walk the gnarliest part...
Yeah it wouldn't be ideal on a mamachari. You could check out the various Hard Offs or Yahoo Auction for something cheap might be able to pick up a half decent mountain bike, put some slicks on it and you'd be sweet.
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Ah, got it. I haven't been all the way to the western end yet, but judging from the map you just go down Rte 16 past the intersection with Rte 20 and hang a left at the first traffic light after that. About 200 meters in from the light there should be a fork, bear right and go around the south edge of Tama Bijutsu University. Basically you just keep going east after that. About one km in from Rte 16 you'll come to an intersection on the far side of which is a little plaza by Yarimizu Middle School. Bear right a little past this and before long you'll enter Oyama Dairi Park, which is where it starts to get really nice, and well marked.

If I have time this afternoon I'm gonna try to do a ride all the way to the western end, if so I'll let you know if there's anything amiss with the above directions.

Since I'm hoping to do some rinko touring at some point while I'm here, I'm thinking that a folder would be the way to go. Madame Pobble already scored one at a recycling shop for 6000, unfortunately not quite adjustable to my height ...
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