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I was lucky enough to travel to Japan earlier this year to check out some Japanese bikes and frame builders.

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Japan is heaven for bike lovers in particular for those who appreciate the simplicity of a singlespeed bike. In central Tokyo alone, there are over 10 specialty stores catering for all things fixed. The address/details of the ones i visited are at the bottom of the page.

In Kyoto i visited, ‘Darwin’, a little store in Okazaki Sakyo. The owner was extremely friendly & happy as it was the first day he’d ridden his new Bmc RaceMaster into work.

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My favourite bike shop was in Kyoto. I randomly discovered it whilst lost within the suburbs.

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If you’re ever in Tokyo I highly recommend a visit to Sex on Super Peace in Shibuya-ku. The grand daddy of all bike stores in Japan.

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Naru and the guys have brought together their passions for bikes, music & surfing to create one of the most amazing places.

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The streets in Japan are literally swamped with bikes…and Aerospokes.

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Dept (www.dept.jp) had stores in Osaka & Tokyo and stocked some great stuff. Picked up a U-lock from the store in Osaka as I’d lost my Kryptonite Mini 2 weeks before.

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If you ever get the chance to visit Japan, you won’t regret it. Everything had its own subtle nuance and self-assuredness. From the uber efficient train network to the little Ramen shops.

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Thanks also to Charlie for putting up with my bicycle excitement over the trip.

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Bicycle shops in Tokyo

Carnival – J-Six Building 2F (6-23-11 Jinguu-mae, Shibuya-ku) Open 13-21:00. Owner previously studied English in Brisbane for 2 years and was happy to have a chat.

W-base (Same building below Carnival).

Sex on Super Peace – (22-5 Shinsencho, Shibuya-ku) Open 12:30-20:30

Blue Lug – (1-58-7 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku) Open 14-22:00. Closed Wed

Jan – (6-2-1 Hovikivi, Katsushika-ku) Open 12-20:00. Closed Tue (Daisuke is the owner- ex pro boarder & top bloke).

Depot Cycle + Recycle – (2-32-5 Ichikawa, Ichikawa-si, Chiba) Open 12-20:00 (Owned by Minato san).

Kalavinka (1-16-21 Meguro-honmachi, Meguro-ku) Open 13:30-18:30. Owned by Tanabe san

Punch cycle (1-5-10 Kaminari-mon, Taito-ku) Open 18-23:00. (Owner Kita san)

Fig Bike (2-33-5-1 2f Jinguumae, Shibuya-ku) Open 12-21:00. Closed Wed

Darwin (2-8 Saishoji, Okazaki Sakyo, Kyoto) darwin-kyoto.com

Ocean Cycle Factory (1-21-9 Minami Horie, Nishi-ku, Osaka)

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