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Old 01-28-07, 07:02 AM   #1
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Tokyo bike show (50+ images)

Found out about this show yesterday while picking up my wheels from Kalavinka. Was told about it by a Japanese guy who has been in LA for the past 5 years; said he's starting up a skate/fixie shop out there and is buying parts from here.

I couldn't find any info on the web about it, but I met up this morning with deathhare anyway. We were a bit concerned that it wasn't happening, since the info I was given was the name of a museum and we feared that someone got confused about it's permanent 'history of bikes' display.

Turns out our LA friend was on the money, though. The show was free and in the front part of the museum. All (OK, most) of the big name Japanese builders had their art there, and even a few of the builders themselves (such as Nagasawa-san and Watanabe-san) were hangin' out.

The show wasn't fixed specific, but the following are mostly pictures of the fixed/ss bikes on display, with a few 'interesting' ones thrown in.















Deathhare and I had never seen a chain with a bolt/nut attachment before a few days ago. Any real reason other than quick changing?






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I was wondering where all the pics were.
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Myself and Watanabe-san. He spent a really long time speaking to deathhare and I in Japanese about his frames. I didn't understand too much, but he did measure a bunch of them, get into aero riding positions, and point to a lot of stuff. He also randomly told us during our conversation that the frame that he's holding in that picture was 100000Yen (about $835). A little while later he told us it was 90000. The man was trying to push it on us! And he knew it was too small! But since we have no need for such crappy work, we told him to buzz off.*

Oh, and Watanabe-san said that he likes brakes. So I think that debate is officially dead.




*ok, that is a lie. In actuality, neither of us have $800 for a frame that doesn't fit, even if Watanabe-san himself was going to sell it to us.

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Wow !!
Thanks for this great thread !




The VOGUE bike might have the coolest fontage Ive ever seen !
Dont know about the QR back wheel, though
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That Commuter with the Moustache bars and the light is totally awesome! It's sickening.

What does it say? Cherubim?

The color...configuration... really nicely put together.

Is the headtube made with lug-shaped sockets? Sweet!

A combination Fillet-brazed, lug-socket head tube.

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bam...boo?
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Wow thankyou for posting that!! You should have taken that Watanabe frame anyway the paint/graphics are unbelievably awesome.
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the vogue logo is so good
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Do you have anymore details on this bike shop in Los Angeles? I live in a LA and would love to post this store's location on our message board (lafixed.com).
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i dont think it's in LA...
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Really, his post says the guy's been living in LA for the past 5 years and is going to start a skate/fixie shop out there? I'm praying that "Out There", means LA where the guy resides.
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i dig all the super-nice, commuter-style bikes. Using the cantilever stop for mounting the light is especially nice. I wonder how the tt frame without a seat tube rides. Seems like it would be stiff where it needs to be and flexible when seated.
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i hate the look of threadless stems but this bike is damn near perfect
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Thank you for this thread. Now post the rest of the pics, please (I know there is more).

That Cheribim is beyond words. Very reminencent of Alex Singer's best constucteur work with the headtube treatment.

The "Amanda" may be overkill, but I see about a thousand new ideas hidden in that one bike, it will be an inspiration to me for many moons.

Oh, and guys...the next time Watanabe-san or any one else of like calibur offers you a handbuilt frame for $800, please call me so that I can come get it!

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To answer the questions I know all the kids are wanting to ask, Yes you can turn your fork backward for tighter clearances and no you wont die because of it.
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That Vogue is ****ing hot. I love the coaster Nagasawa too.
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is it just me or does this look like a wheel made of cigarettes?

also while the Vogue as a whole isn't really my thing that deco decal is amazing
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Thank you for this thread. Now post the rest of the pics, please (I know there is more).
Yes, please, we want more! What you posted so far is awesome, a joy for the cyclist's eyes.
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Looks fast, but good luck getting that approved by UCI.

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Exfreewheeler - Yeah, the company is Cherubim.

Gomi - The shop the guy is opening is in LA. I don't have more information than that, though I saw him two days in a row at two different shops. If I see him again, I'll ask.


Everyone - I'll post more pictures when I get time. Takes a while to upload and then put them all up here, and for some reason I ended up getting bombed with work this week. There aren't a hell of a lot more, since I mainly took pictures of fixed/ss stuff, but I'll see what I can do.



Oh, and that 'cigarette' wheel on the Amanda bike confused the hell out of me. Wooden rim, wooden (looking) huge spokes that appeared to be carved from the same solid piece of wood as the hub -- it looked like something off a wagon.
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