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Fixed gear in Japan

Old 01-15-04, 04:19 PM
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Fixed gear in Japan

So I might be moving to Tokyo. Wouldn't really be able to take my fixie there with me, so I'm wondering about fixie-friendly shops over there. Anyone have any ideas about how easy/hard it would be to build a lower-end (reasonably cheap) fixed gear? Any specific shops for finding components? Thanks for any insights.
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Possibly here:
Depot Cycle & Recycle
1F Morita-building
2-32-5 Ichikawa, Ichikawa
Chiba 272-0034, Japan
Tel & Fax 81-47-322-2210
email: depot@yacht.ocn.ne.jp
cycle-recycle-depot.com

got this from Ro and Ellie's site, reloadbags.com

And why can't you take your bike? Mad-Fixed disease?
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Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave
So I might be moving to Tokyo. Wouldn't really be able to take my fixie there with me, so I'm wondering about fixie-friendly shops over there. Anyone have any ideas about how easy/hard it would be to build a lower-end (reasonably cheap) fixed gear? Any specific shops for finding components? Thanks for any insights.
Go to LBS, ask for bike box, disassemble bike, place bike in box, pad the s**t out of bike, take bike to UPS... ...what am I missing?
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Japan is the land of the fixed gear bike. If you can't bring yours with you....you won't have any trouble finding a fixed gear bike. Japan is litterd with mom and pop semi-lbs shops. That mainly sell mama-cherry fixed gear bikes. So you shouldn't have a single problem
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Excellent. I probably can't take my existing bike because I promised a friend of mine he could use it while I was away (stupid, right?). In any case, I'll figure something out. Thanks all.
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hang out at the keirin track. ask those guys where they get their stuff, and see if anyone's got an old bike they wanna get rid of...
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From what I understand there is often old keirin
bikes available, especially in shops near the tracks.
I know of someone who bought a Nagasawa for $200
that way. The bike was somewhat beat (paint) but
otherwise perfect.
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It's been many years since I've moved out of Japan and all I remember back then was that all fixed riders rode track bikes. Thinking back, I assume most or all were trackies.... or Keirinists. I wonder how or what the fixie scene is like today.....if there is one. In Japan, you never know.....they tend to over-do things. Most trends are short-lived but while hot, they're huge!

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Originally Posted by lotek
From what I understand there is often old keirin
bikes available, especially in shops near the tracks.
I know of someone who bought a Nagasawa for $200
that way. The bike was somewhat beat (paint) but
otherwise perfect.
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Pretty cool to think you can fly to Japan and pick up a used Nagasawa for less cash than buying a new one here. I'm kinda suprised that no one, that I know of anyway, imports the used frames, or the shops there don't try and sell them more visably on the net. I'd think there would be a pretty good market for keirin bikes here, especially if they could be gotten for less than 2 grand.
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Originally Posted by bombusben
Pretty cool to think you can fly to Japan and pick up a used Nagasawa for less cash than buying a new one here. I'm kinda suprised that no one, that I know of anyway, imports the used frames, or the shops there don't try and sell them more visably on the net. I'd think there would be a pretty good market for keirin bikes here, especially if they could be gotten for less than 2 grand.
.......and also considering Ebay Japan is big and thriving.....I wouldn'd doubt most of them being posted there.....

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I've been looking there and on Yahoo Japan and haven't found much yet.

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Originally Posted by bombusben
I've been looking there and on Yahoo Japan and haven't found much yet.
can your computer do japanese input? i've found a lot of good stuff typing "pi-su-to" in katakana in the search box. now all i need is a proxy account and some cash...
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Suggest you contact TokyoCycling https://www.tokyocycling.com/ to find an LBS where you can get an affordable frameset that can be converted to "kitei hensoku no jitensha" [kee-tay-hen-so-coo-no-jee-ten-shah]. If you need help communicating with Sheldon Buran-san ask for Tanaka-san at Kimi Information Center in Ikebukuro https://www.kimiwillbe.com/. Tell her that the Irishman who mostly wins at Nakayama Keibajou (racetrack in Chiba) sends his yoroshiku.

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"kitei hensoku no jitensha": a quick legged fixed return, self-propelled vehicle/wheel....

...in other words.... a "fixie"

But if I were to walk into a LBS in Japan, I'd say to the kid behind the counter: "Kuikku Shirubar no Jitensha".....

....in other words.... the bike in "Quicksilver"


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Cool...this seems very doable indeed. Thanks for the help.
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Getting there. Pretty much gonna have to force-learn a ****load when I get there, but oh well.
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
.......and also considering Ebay Japan is big and thriving.....I wouldn'd doubt most of them being posted there.....

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Ebay Japan is not thriving; It is dead and gone. They pulled out of Japan a few months ago. Oh well...
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Originally Posted by pucci
Ebay Japan is not thriving; It is dead and gone. They pulled out of Japan a few months ago. Oh well...
Dang!......I'm outta touch!
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