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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 03-18-09, 07:31 PM   #1
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Arrow bikes of Japan

I've been looking around at various options for a new ride and having gotten caught up in this fixed gear madness, ended up bidding on a nearly new Panasonic track bike on Yahoo Japan Auctions. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I lost by a mere $10 (final price was $530), since what i really want is one of these:



http://www.arrow.ecnet.jp/

Does anyone know anything about these Arrow bikes? They were mentioned in a Monocle magazine article a while back and I think there was post on the Velo Orange blog too. From what I can tell from their website you get a road-ready complete bike with leather saddle in your choice of colour and handlebar option with brakes for 63,000 yen, which is about $650, which seems like a bargain for a handmade (in Japan) lugged frame.

If they sold these online I would have already ordered one. Why doesn't anyone sell something like this here (at this price point)? I'm sure they'd sell just as well as factory-made welded Taiwanese bikes.
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Old 03-18-09, 07:41 PM   #2
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Looks like garbage to me.
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