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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 08-10-08, 08:55 AM   #1
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Seen in tokyo...

Uuuuh,.... getting a little out of control. I shot this with my cell today.

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Old 08-10-08, 09:07 AM   #2
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I see the same thing here. There was one kid who had a gorgeous cannondale road with downtube shifters and flat bars so narrow it looked like he couldn't fit his hands between the brakes and the ends of his bars.
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Old 08-10-08, 09:10 AM   #3
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Ha.. at least he had room for brakes :-)
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Old 08-10-08, 09:22 AM   #4
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so i'm assuming the reason someone would do that is to look cool?

b/c if it's to weave in and out of traffic, their body is wider than the handlebars...

right?
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Old 08-10-08, 09:32 AM   #5
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b/c if it's to weave in and out of traffic, their body is wider than the handlebars...

right?
I dont know, there are some pretty little dudes in tokyo.
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Old 08-10-08, 09:58 AM   #6
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Maybe that person on has one really big hand and likes to ride while holding onto the stem
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Old 08-10-08, 10:44 AM   #7
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I dont know, there are some pretty little dudes in tokyo.
Could be shoulderwidth for someone. Who knows?
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Old 08-10-08, 10:50 AM   #8
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its often the gap between mirrors where the handle bars are, so it doesn't matter about the width of the rider's shoulders, as this is not going through the same width gap
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Old 08-10-08, 11:21 AM   #9
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Nice pisto
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Old 08-10-08, 11:47 AM   #10
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Uuuuh,.... getting a little out of control. I shot this with my cell today.

ummm... just checked your flickr pages, i want to come!


what are you doing in tokyo... just having a blast riding bikes all day?
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Old 08-10-08, 11:49 AM   #11
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Quit stalking us or else we will start going to the states and snap pictures of random conversions

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Old 08-10-08, 02:01 PM   #12
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Some clueless hipster on an FG with bars like that almost hit me. He was climbing a bridge, swerving violently. I was descending (at a moderate speed) and had to panic stop (almost endo'ed).

It could be an isolated incident, but I think bars that narrow might present a safety hazard.
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Old 08-10-08, 02:08 PM   #13
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Drued - Your photos are a sick. Do you shoot for COG? I could swear I've seen your work in there.
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yea his pics of the Tokyo Alleycat are from the 1st issue of Cog.
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lol..that lock for that bike..hah
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what is that clear thing strapped to his fork?
I've seen it on fixies before but don't know what its purpose is.
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its a knog frog light...
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Old 08-10-08, 05:59 PM   #19
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Drued - Your photos are a sick. Do you shoot for COG? I could swear I've seen your work in there.
Thanks,

Yes I have shot for COG. I did the "Tokyo Pisto Explosion" article. Well the shots anyway.

It is weird how many track bikes are in Tokyo these days. Back when I started riding a fixed there were next to none in the City.

Now a 5 minute walk in Shibuya you may see up to 20. I should shoot an article something along the lines of "10 minutes in Tokyo"

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thank you
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Semi OT but google maps has a complete street view for tokyo. if you doods are amazed by the colors of tokyos bigger shopping districts and odaiba, but are too poor to go there, messing around with it is good. no nighttime shots though, so you won't get to experience those breathtaking color-gasms of the huge shopping coridors in street view-o-rama.
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Old 08-10-08, 08:17 PM   #22
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Hey drue, i know you.
We got a 100 page thread for this that is filled with tokyo tarck action. Please add to it
Track bikes in Tokyo (picture heavy)
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