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Old 04-14-20, 11:22 AM
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Greetings from Japan.

Hello all,

I'm from England now living in Japan.
Since moving to Japan, I have been amazed how many people ride bikes here in Tokyo.
i picked up a convenient little folding bike so that i could get it on the train and head off somewhere.
i enjoy photography, so a bike gives you that extra bit more to load up my gear and head off somewhere taking pics.
The folding bike I have is really enjoyable.
Got interested in Brompton's in London and decided i would look for something similar after moving to Tokyo.

My daily ride was a Diamondback X-Link Sport. I rode it to work for several years.
not really an off-road guy, but i fell in love with it.
Had it from new in 2000. My mate sold it for me when I moved abroad in 2018.
Now getting really interested in cycling, I wish i had tried to ship it here.
A mate is also looking after my childhood Raleigh Grifter. Great memories.

I am enjoying looking through the vintage mountain bikes thread.
Got me thinking about a 90s bike.

Anyway, if you got this far, thanks for reading.
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Old 04-14-20, 12:25 PM
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Welcome! They have some nice vintage bike shops over there. Plus they've always made some great bikes anyway.
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When things settle down, go do some touring in Hokkaido. Japan is our favourite touring destination in the world, nothing beats the quirkiness of Japan at bicycle speed. And Hokkaido is one of the easiest places to learn to tour.
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Thanks, all.
Yeah, some good shops here in the city.

Would like to go to Hokkaido at some point.
Shimane is very good, not too far from Hiroshima.
Definitely recoemd that area. Good mountain and countryside views.
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hello
I am from India
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Originally Posted by TokyoRam View Post
Thanks, all.
Yeah, some good shops here in the city.

Would like to go to Hokkaido at some point.
Shimane is very good, not too far from Hiroshima.
Definitely recoemd that area. Good mountain and countryside views.
Shimanami Kaidō is great for cycling. I was there last year and was suppose to be there right after Golden Week this year. Looks like that isn't going to happen. Saw lots of Bromptons when I did the ride last year.
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Originally Posted by TokyoRam View Post
Thanks, all.
Yeah, some good shops here in the city.

Would like to go to Hokkaido at some point.
Shimane is very good, not too far from Hiroshima.
Definitely recoemd that area. Good mountain and countryside views.
Noto Peninsula Is also great, like the land time forgot. Sado Island is also worth a few days riding
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Old 04-18-20, 02:39 AM
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
Shimanami Kaidō is great for cycling. I was there last year and was suppose to be there right after Golden Week this year. Looks like that isn't going to happen. Saw lots of Bromptons when I did the ride last year.
That sounds good.
yeah, plenty of Brompton's about as well as Tern's and Dahon's.

Thanks again everyone.
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Great! Show us pics of bikes in your area! after you get 10 posts
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Hey! I went to Japan 4 years ago. I stayed in Osaka for 14 days. I have to say itís an amazing place, I would love to live there!
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Welcome TokyoRam! My wife's hometown is in Yamanshi prefecture near Fuji San. Spent a couple of weeks visiting her family last October during the typhoon.Would love to cycle there if I ever get the opportunity.
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My first real mtb was a nineties gt avalanche that I build piece by piece from really high end components. It had the original rock shox judy fork and it still worked great. I miss that bike.
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Shared the same hobbies, street photography is great fun in Japan.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
Great! Show us pics of bikes in your area! after you get 10 posts
Will do.
Still a big scene for fixed gear bikes, but a few vintage here and there.
Gravel bikes are popping up, even in central Tokyo.
plenty of customs as well with Fuji having a big following.
Hybrid or crossover bikes take up a large mat share.
The dealers are full of Giant and Bianchi.
Louis Garneau also has a big presence here.
I am looking at some Raleigh options, hopefully for next year. Saving the pennies.

Thanks for your stories of Japan, guys.
Never been to Mt. Fuji or Osaka...one day.

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Welcome!!!!
Japan is my top dream place to visit and eventually be in shape to ride daily long rides as main transportation. Check out the link of the show I've watched and recommend. It aired on my local NPR channel called "Creat TV"
Show is called "Cycle Around Japan"
https://g.co/kgs/iJNsNF


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I love Cycle Around Japan! It shows here on NHK on almost a weekly basis. Good stuff for those that want to ride over there.
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I love Cycle Around Japan! It shows here on NHK on almost a weekly basis. Good stuff for those that want to ride over there.
So glad to read other people enjoy the show. So beautiful how the producers focus heavily on the cultural aspect of traveling and meeting people and not on the typical touristy things other shows do.
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Welcome to the forum. We look forward to your contribution. Enjoy your rides. Be safe.
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