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Old 10-09-07, 12:04 AM   #1
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Korean Keirin PART 2 - lots of photos

A while back I started a Korean Keirin thread. Here's an update.
I just got back from Seoul and found that the old Velodrome in Jamsil Olympic park is now closed.
I was in the Seoul metro (on the way to procycle) when i saw an full wall advertisement for the Gwangmyeong Speedom.....



I was staying in Ansan (way southwest Seoul) and took a taxi for about 20,000 won to Gwangmyeong.



I got there a little early and the races hadn't started yet. On the monitor, they were playing some live races in busan you could wager on.



On Sunday the races start at 2pm and go all day until about 8pm. Here are some pics from a few different races.



I did get a chance to pick up another used frame at Procycle.
The Korean made frames are Interpro, Corex and Cello.
I checked all the used frames there (used was all I could afford) and the Interpro definitely had the nicest details. There was also a Corex in my size, but it felt a little heavier and had generic lugs/tubing... and i wasn't feeling the yellow.

Here's the Interpro I got - Nagasawa lugs (not NJS), Columbus Foco Keirin tubing. Used, but no dents.
Rides beautifully, and amazingly, there is only about 1cm toe overlap. I'll get pictures of the complete build up later. Maybe it's the same one in the advertisement on the metro....



And Here are some pics of my favorite shop in Seoul, Procylce in Jamsil. TONS of track frames.
Only a handful of used ones left all around 52 in size. The pink bridgestone and purple nagasawa are new and are 110000 won. (they've been there for over 2 years now)
The other new Korean frames are 900000-1110000 won.



Check out that pile of wheels, all DA and Zipp track hubs.
The owner is the friendliest guy, doesn't speak much english, so if you want to shop there, study your Korean or bring somebody who speaks the language.
Also, if you want to pick up a used frame, you have to talk to the owner, the regular employees won't sell the used stuff.
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Old 10-09-07, 12:11 AM   #2
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awesome pictures!

oh those frames *drool*. and wow that looks like quite the 'drome
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My first high school was in the same neighborhood as the olympic training velodrome but I never rode it (I was more into mountainbikes at 15)... but HOLY CRAP that track in Seoul is insane. I knew one was there but I didn't know it was like that.
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Great photos! Procycle is awesome. I can't wait to head back to Korea. Have you checked out my photos over in in the track forum?
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great pics! been meaning to make a trip out there sometime...
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Is that a NEW Colnago MTB?
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Is that a NEW Colnago MTB?

i'm not sure what the deal is, but i see brand new colnagos and gios all over tokyo and in stores on the cheap. they must license their names out to cheaper companies in asia, or have lower end lines for the market or something.
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Did you see an reasonably priced used or new 56cm or 58cm Korean track frames at Cyclepro? I might have a family member pick one up for me and ship it back here to me.
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thanks for the compliments on the photos.
yeah, that velodrome is absolutely amazing. i wanted to spend more time there, but i had to catch a plane that night.

Bonelesschicken, I just went and checked your pics over in the track thread, i took some of the same pics as you. that colnago roadbike with the curved seat tube is awesome. You mentioned the ones with track ends, i saw at least 3 hanging there, but they're tiny.
So you did not get a frame there? ever work anything out on the US import thing?
I wonder how the Korean frames would be looked at when compared to Japanese Keirin fames... not that i care, but there's no NJS stamp.

The largest frame a saw at procycle was a 57 cello and it was 900,000 won. It felt pretty heavy.
The cello track frames are made by Lespo, the same korean company that makes millions of junk bikes that sit outside the train stations and rust.

At the velodrome i saw most of the riders using Corex presidents and a few Interpros.

And regarding the colnago mtb, yup, it's new and they still make them, the ferarri one pictured here is ridiculously light and expensive.



A Colnago/ferarri road bike came in when i was there and it was insane! soooo light and i believe it was priced at around $18,000 usd. the owner said he sells 6 of them a year.
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Some fantastic pics there, I'd love to ride that Velodrome.

Mind if I use the bowing riders pic as my wallpaper ?
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My roommates just got back from Seoul, sans keirin frames. Bummer for me.
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Mind if I use the bowing riders pic as my wallpaper ?
go for it. i might have some more pics of the riders bowing before another race.
I'll check after work and post some more.
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I was staying in Ansan (way southwest Seoul) and took a taxi for about 20,000 won to Gwangmyeong.

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Ive ridden with the guy who has that litespeed (I'm pretty sure, unless it's an identical bike). The thing looks like it's been totally untouched for the past decade!
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haha, it's gotta be the same bike, how many of those webbed tioga wheels do you see?
Mountain biking in Korea has got to be great. I've hiked quite a few mountains there and always wished i could mountain bike there.
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So what were you doing in Seoul, Jay? I was born in Korea so it's always interesting to see pictures. They are great BTW.

FYI: Your new frame used to be ridden by a guy named "Eun Johng Wal", Eun being the surname. Actually every syllable in that name has no phonetic counterpart in English.
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So what were you doing in Seoul, Jay? I was born in Korea so it's always interesting to see pictures. They are great BTW.

FYI: Your new frame used to be ridden by a guy named "Eun Johng Wal", Eun being the surname. Actually every syllable in that name has no phonetic counterpart in English.
I was visiting my wife's family, checking out some national parks and bike shops and eating the best food ever.

Yeah, the name on the frame is difficult to pronounce. isn't it Eun Johng Wan?
I can read and write korean, but i still have a lot of vocab and grammar to learn. I need to just move there, I'll learn much faster.
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$1200 for a bridgestone? Even new that's facking absurd.

Some gorgeous stuff there though.
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I was visiting my wife's family, checking out some national parks and bike shops and eating the best food ever.

Yeah, the name on the frame is difficult to pronounce. isn't it Eun Johng Wan?
I can read and write korean, but i still have a lot of vocab and grammar to learn. I need to just move there, I'll learn much faster.
Yes typo on my part.

So I'm really surprised by the caliber of bikes at the shops. I didn't know there was such a following there.
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$1200 for a bridgestone? Even new that's facking absurd.

Some gorgeous stuff there though.
Yeah, That's why it's been sitting there for years.
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