Toyo Frame has a long legacy of framebuilding in Japan and this video looks at their facilities.
Finding a strong, lightweight, chromoly rack ain’t easy. Especially one that has the light mount on the correct (for US riders) side. That’s why Compass went straight to the source: Japan’s Nitto to fabricate their new rack. It’s got a 22lb carrying capacity, comes in at 167g and yes, has the light mount on the road side, not the shoulder side.
Pas Normal Studios take us on a ride through Toyama, Japan where the snow fell along with the temperature. See the full story at Pas Normal Studios.
What an interesting pairing… Gillette takes a look at Japan’s Keirin racing in an ad spot for their razors.
This year Chris King’s Gourmet Century took to the wonderful backroads of Japan, landing in Asuke, a town in the Higashikamo District. Here’s a ride report from Terasu.
Off-road machines like this are so smart and having been a long fan of Ocean Air Bicycles, I was anxious to see how Blue Lug in Japan’s first Rambler build would turn out. So far, so good! Built using Phil Wood, White Industries and a SON generator system, this all-road vehicle is ready for anything. See more at the Blue Lug Flickr.
Nitto’s newest offerings are now in stock at Blue Lug in Japan. The MCR65 Stem and RM-3 Dirt Drop are for 1 1/8″ bikes looking to be run with a high position dirt drop but in a classic design. These new shapes are available in black or silver and as evident in the photo above, add a different feel to a bike like the Surly Crosscheck.
Photo by Olivier Chételat
If you’re not following Olivier on Flickr, you’re missing out on a lot of beautifully capture cycling photography. From landscapes to roads and even components like these Bosco Bullmoose bars by Nitto. If you’re on a 1″ threaded frame and looking for a more relaxed position, look no more. Head over to Rivendell… Also, follow Olivier!
Chris King and company were recently in Japan for their Gourmet Century. While there, they met up with Ryota Kemmochi who made this video showcasing their travels.
The Official Get Sick Day Worldwide Recap
Photos from a whole lotta folks and words by Sean Talkington
Think about what we use our personal or sick days for? Dumb stuff. Staying home sick (or if you have kids you stay home when they get sick), going to the doctor, going to the DMV, jury duty, visiting in-laws, funerals, etc. Question: What do all of these things have in common? The Answer: None of them are fun. Sure, you can schedule your vacation time around whatever events you want but what if you really just want or need a single day to get your head right? Can you just tell your boss “I think I am going to skip tomorrow and ride my bike locally all day with some buddies. Might do a little swimming too. Fuck it. Maybe even grab tacos after and watch the sunset.” Some of you have awesome bosses but the majority of us are afraid to take a day off for ourselves… (more…)