Category Archives: japan
PEdAL ED Cycling Garments: Made in Japan and Italy
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I feel like I haven’t had time to do much riding here in Austin this summer, but I did manage to get in a few rides in the new PEdAL ED garments I picked up in the UK while I was visiting during the L’Eroica Britannia.

PEdAL ED makes their wool cycling wear in Japan and their race-fit attire in Italy. Their look is quite unique, with some clever detailing, akin to Japanese clothing design and yet, it’s highly functional.

I’ll be putting some more miles into their Raku bibs before doing a proper review, but so far so good! Don’t miss that Okabe jersey or Kaidu jersey either – I wear my Kaidu on the cross or MTB. It’s one of the nicest jerseys I’ve worn…

At the end of the day, it’s not easy to make products domestically, yet PEdAL ED really nailed it. Check out more products at PEdAL ED!

Jul 8, 2014 2 comments
Fairweather: New Tires in Stock
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Fairweather has built their brand around designing new products with Japanese companies such as Nitto, Sugino and Panaracer. Their latest offerings include a whole array of tires in various colors and sizes, for any bike you might own. 28c road, 32c CX, 29′r, tourer, you name it, they’ve got it in both “algae” and “rust” colors. The 700c x 38c touring tires look really nice.

Right now these tires, their bags, components and frames are all in stock at Fairweather’s webshop and yes, they ship worldwide on everything.

Jun 9, 2014 Comments are OFF
Snow Peak and Muller: Stainless Steel Touring Bike
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My favorite camping / outdoors company, Snow Peak has collaborated with Japanese frame builder Muller on a Reynolds 931 stainless light touring frame.

This S&S coupler frame is currently being offered in three build kits, either with Shimano Dura Ace / Di2 or Campagnolo Veloce and it comes ready to be loaded! This might be one of the most tricked-out light touring / camping bike collaborations to date.

See more details at Snow Peak and more photos below!

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May 7, 2014 29 comments
Animal Bikes: Japanimal 2013 QSS Promo

When people ask me where I want to go in 2014, the answer is simple: I want to go back to Japan. Why? See above. Animal‘s 2013 trip to Japan looks like one hell of a time!

Jan 15, 2014 Comments are OFF
Signal Cycles: Crusade Frames in Japan

It’s gotta feel great to work your ass off on a project and have it end splendidly. Or rather, begin splendidly upon completion. The guys at Signal have been in a production crunch zone for the past few weeks, preparing their new Crusade cross frames for a trip to Japan.

There’s a rad write-up on their site, as well as a few production photos and a race report from Osaka. Head over to the Signal blog and see the first and second post for yourself!

Something tells me this is only the beginning for the Signal Crusade…

Oct 31, 2013 4 comments
Blue Lug: New Fairwather Pack Bags and Side Access Bottle Cage
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Last night, Japanese bike shop, Blue Lug’s Flickr exploded with all kinds of new frame pack bags from local frame builder and bag maker, Fairweather. Bike pack bags are great and all, but I was more pumped on seeing the new side-access bottle cages (made in Japan!). Sure, it solves the problem of how you remove your bottle with your front triangle is filled with bags, but I just like to see a new spin on an everyday object.

See more at the Blue Lug Flickr and ordering information at the Blue Lug website, although, I’m not sure if they ship to the States.

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Oct 22, 2013 4 comments