Circles Japan Personal Bike Show: Takayoshi and His Clever Dobbat’s Commuter

I’ve documented a lot of bicycles in my day and I’ll be honest here when I say, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen something as clever or unique as this bike.

At first glance, this Dobbat’s commuter looks like you’re run of the mill 1x road bike. Then you notice the flat, stand-off headbadge, which leads your eyes to the asymmetric brake routing in the top tube, which you then notice is actually quite confusing in terms of construction. Stepping back from that detail, you begin to notice the light support rack simply dies into the fork blades and it takes a moment to find the set screws.

Details like this are NAHBS-level in terms of concept and execution, yet Takayoshi has never been to NAHBS and he doesn’t spend time on the internet looking at other bikes. In fact, when we asked him what inspired these details, he said “it just popped into my head.”

If Japan keeps rolling out bikes like this, my shutter finger is going to get tired!

  • Nicholas Petersen

    That headbadge. And cable routing. And rack mounting.

    • Noel Smith

      And top tube.


    He’s the nicest, most humble guy and he deserves to be world famous for the stunning bikes he has created. Thank you so much for giving him and his work the publicity it deserves.

  • HoppyPaynts

    well damn

  • rolltide

    Japanese bikes are really something special. So inventive, meticulous, clean, simple, and functional…and filled with so much passion. I’ve been adoring my Ebisu (designed by Jitensha Studios in Berkeley, built by Toei) all-rounder for several years, and it just seems to get better and better with the miles. This country *gets it*.

  • recurrecur

    Got a shot of the dynamo hub cable routing?
    This bike is such fun. I have a feeling he’s going to get some request from the US as a result of your camera love.

  • Noel Smith

    A real stunner, particularly the offset top tube. The wrap job on the bartape is ridiculous, anyone know the brand? might have to get me some

  • D.J. Bolles

    Holy details. Love this!!

  • Alex Hillis

    Wait, is the headlight wired through the rack (for lack of a better word), fork, and then the front hub? Seriously impressive to not see any wires!

    • Photo was back-focused or I would have posted it. :-( too much saké!

    • Bas Rotgans

      I was wondering the exact same thing.

  • Hats off!

  • alex

    This bike is so amazing, and so Japanese in it’s ingenious design. Now I want a Dobbat’s!

  • I love bikes that are understated but are super impressive up close. The details on this, and the thinking, wow.

  • Eric Spinney

    This is the beauty of not spending any time on the Internet! It lets the creative mind run free to do what it wants. If I ever thought of any of those ideas I’d brush them off thinking they are the wrong way. Executed, it’s so right!

  • love how Japanese this is, beautiful parts that don’t need to fit together and are beautiful on there own.

  • Brian Richard Walbergh

    Hmmm, I was just thinking about talking to a rack builder to make something similar to that light support. I need to get a dynamo out past a big handlebar roll.

  • Cool assymetric top tube. Lots of engineering to offset that top tube. Nice color scheme!

  • Masterchief

    Love seeing stuff like that asymetric top tube, it’s the best thing about custom builders. The front light mount is nice as well, but I can’t help thinking that it must lead water sprayed on to it from the wheel straight into the fork blades, which could cause a corrosion problem? You can even see a little rust in the photo. But then again, the bike has no fenders, so it could be it’s just meant for a dry invironment.

  • mr. apodaca APODACA

    hot dang that’s cool!!!

  • Nick Meulemans

    I just glanced over the brake cable routing, but once I noticed the asymmetric top tube… I lost it.

  • Richard

    Ii desu yo! Tottemo kireii. Omedetoo gozaimasu.

  • EM Komenda

    Such clever build.

  • jon robert

    is there anybody that makes a sort of light mount like that? something like the tubus tara but without the rack mount, just the bow part. and obviously not to be routed directly into the fork legs.