Is summer here yet?

 

A sure sign that it's close would be that our latest color drop is here!!

This drop we are happy to present you with...

 

The Light Blue 

 

 

The Flamingo

 

 

Both colors come in a gloss finish to help reflect the blazing Japanese sun...

 

 

 

Both colors have their roots in summer which could be the clear blue skies...

 

 

The deep scarlet hues of the Flamingo...  bathed in the firey orange rays of the sunset 

 

 

Whichever you choose...

 

 

It's needless to say...

 

 

Your summer can start with our latest 'Avenue' colors.

Available now from all good dealers!!!

 

Always hard to know where to start on Mondays... things have been really busy on my end and we've barely had the chance to get "out there" so as to speak.

 

Just as well the latest colors in our fleet were selected  and highlighted on Houyhnhnm - Thank you:

 

 

So it's only fitting that we do the same with some customs on this post, and we will start with this gold 'Avenue Lo' that I recently posted on our Instagram:

 

 

A custom that is made up of three parts...

 

1) Those long aluminum riser bars by Nitto... 

 

 

Mainly found on off-road style bikes to help the rider push the bike from left to right as they dance up and down hills ...

 

 

Yet they were made popular on fixed gear bikes ever since these Mash Boys got busy with their customs...

 

 

Look at mans skidddd...

 

 

We take it further with that rugged feel by using these 28c tires by Vittoria and if you have been following this blog then you will know we have been recommending the Zaffiro for a while:

 

 

These babies are hard to puncture; furthermore, they are not overly grippy so it's very possible to skid...

 

 

Personally, I have been using the 23c versions myself since I'd rather have less surface area to spread my power across...

 

 

But I have two bikes so one of them might get those 28c or even 32c tires...watch this space to see how *that* turns out...

 

 

Before doing that though watch this ...

 

 

Yes very much so...Mega is back!

 

Also, look out for the upcoming adventures via this tour I am taking part in:

 


 

 

We always like to keep things juicy on our rides here at W.A.C.C... on that subject this ride we have decided to make the juice literal and grab the most succulent burger in Tokyo (you can quote me later) - at the one and only...

 

Mclean 

- Old Burger Stand - 

 

The owner 'Punchi' is my friend and before opening up 'Mclean' spent a whole year eating burgers at least once a day...and that is not only in Japan but of course in the USA; I've known him for years but when I first met him had no idea he was a burger man.

 

We ride to try their Burger of the month... with last month's being this classic style burger:

 

 

With June's burger still being a mystery... just to let you know some of the past flavor's of the month this year:

 

  • Cream Chilli Asparagus
  • Kitsune Burger
  • Asian Marinade Burger
  • Tomato Cheese Cauliflower Burger

You can see more of their archive via their Instagram:

 

 

It's always good to see the family of riders growing more and more...and this ride we welcome Mr.Abz...

 

 

He joins us with his clean off the rack matte white 'Avenue'...

 

 

If you are reading this I hope can grow your bike into something like this...

 

 

Use the power of the Encore wheel to drive you from the behind; the flex and build construction ensure your pedal power is transferred to the wheel, with the wheel's momentum doing the rest...

 

 

The speed increases when your front wheel has the aerodynamics like one of Diner's carbon wheels - this custom using their original 88mm wheel for the front.

 

 

Here are the full details for the ride in text form...

 

DATE: 06/08/2019

DEPARTURE TIME: 19:00 (Arrive at least15 minutes early)

MEETING PLACE: The Wall (behind); 106-0013, Tokyo, Minato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 4-2-10, 102

ROUTE:  Approx 15km (Return Journey)

 

 

This is the wall...

  • START, The Wall; Nishi Azabu

  • Roppongi

  • Toranomon

  • Kasumigaseki

  • Otemachi

  • Shin-Nihombashi

  • Kuramae

  • Finish, Authentique (Asakusa)

RULES - Which are only here as a rough guideline but you know I am legally obliged to say this:

All riders must have fully working front and rear brakes.

NIGHT RIDE means you have to be using working lights.

 

Obey all traffic regulations.

Riders; ride and carry their own responsibilities for any injuries/damage which occurs before, during and after the ride.

 

All track style fixed and single speed bikes are welcome and I guess any 27" framed BMX that can keep up, but hopefully, you have 700c size wheels!!! 

 

Remember you can also get one of these now ultra long sleeve Tees... with a special discount

¥1000 OFF W.A.C.C original Long sleeve!!!

 

 

If you want to take part or simply are interested then feel free to contact me:

 

mrtikini@gmail.com


In bike news,

You, of course, know we have our Japan pride line right? I posted about it a few weeks ago...

 

 

How about the Japan Pride in Black? 

 

 

Though it uses a different grade of steel for the frame...

 

 

The 019 Choromly is described like this...

  • 019: Standard chromium-molybdenum steel adopted for many frames. We use 4130 material which corresponds to industry standards. The feel is slightly more flexible by thinning the lower pipe and seat stay.

Nice lug work but another detail I love about this bike is around the seat clamp...which uses a Sugino nut to keep the seat post attached to the frame:

 

 

So why I am making a fuss about this on our blog?

That is because of our friends at Diner; they have seen fit to put the bike on special offer... this bike would usually go for ¥238,114 but right now it is going for only →¥162,000!!!

 

 

If you have been following this blog for a while you have seen this face...

 

 

His name is Henry Wu and this time he is making his Japanese debut with his band 'Kamaal Williams'...at the one and only Tokyo Billboard:

 

 

It surprises me that most people are still unaware of this London based band... a band that creates these moods:

 

 

In 2019...you know already this is rare but even more than that...

 

 

Henry Wu - joins us at a Funktion alongside Dj Izm from Stax Groove...

 

 

Don't sleep!


 

Well let's face it this year Golden Week felt like it's own time period...while most people were concerning themselves with the Imperial Adjudication and more specifically the change from Heisei to the current Reiwa period we now find ourselves in...others such as much as we're keeping on the calm side of things and taking rest.

 

 

We'll get back to that later...

 

 

From time to time we happen to get one off limited colored bikes...like this matte navy blue 'Avenue'...

 

 

The coloring is subtle but offers you the chance to own something very unique, with the price being the same as the other 'Avenue' bikes - ¥59,400:

 

 

Anyway, why not start this new era with something unique?

 

 

I found myself getting busy once again with the brand 'Son of the Cheese'...this is my 2nd appearance for this internationally renowned brand with the first-time being the shoot entitled Shibuya. . . Sober:

 

 

 

How many times I have said this? 

 

We have all come here do what we will do; whether we fully comprehend that or not and completely irrelevant of outside circumstances.

 

 

Well, it seems the people at ODIC have gotten hid of this well-known statement and incorporated this into the design of their first t-shirt drop, which uses me as a model. 

 

 

Have been trying to figure out why my mouth was so open in the shot below and furthermore why this is acceptable, but alas people have their preferences. 

 

 

The star of the show here has to be our 'Avenue Lo' gold which may seem to be a mere prop to others but I am sure for people who are reading this I am sure they know it can be so much more... just like this:

 

 

A post we shared on our Instagram earlier with the details being as follows:

 

We placed the standard bull horn handlebars with these long riser bars that we capped with Brooks slender leather grips:

 

 

They are very slender and smooth, offering your hands a comfortable and organic material to grip against.

 

 

The obvious standout part of this custom being Diner's 88mm wheel that we placed on the front of the bike...

 

 

You will also notice the use of Brook's B17 leather saddle - a true classic that I made good use of before going carbon...

 

 

The final result...

 

 

Looking forward to this weekend we have shifted the 8th W.A.C.C ride to Sunday since Saturday's weather is now forecasted as rain - as the rest of the week is.

 

 

Before leaving I want to take a moment out to congratulate Elima on their move from Nishi Azabu to Pacific waterside region known as Shonan; more specifically 'Tsujido'.

 

 

If you are in the Tsujido area...

 

 

You are welcome to drop by for a coffee and a chat... and whatever is after that!

 

 


 

This ride we have to big up Keem (the guy behind me here)...

 

 

At his suggestion, we are riding out to grab some of the best Pho you can eat here in Tokyo 'Authentique'; 

 

 

A Vietnamese spot famous for its Pho (Rice noodles)...

 

 

But I have other things on my mind...

 

 

If we are riding with Keem you know the rest of his DPG crew will be riding along too...

 

 

Here are the full details for the ride in text form...

 

DATE: 04/28/2019

DEPARTURE TIME: 19:00 (Arrive at least15 minutes early)

MEETING PLACE: The Wall (behind); 106-0013, Tokyo, Minato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 4-2-10, 102

ROUTE:  Approx 15km (Return Journey)

 

 

This is the wall...

  • START, The Wall; Nishi Azabu

  • Roppongi

  • Toranomon

  • Kasumigaseki

  • Otemachi

  • Shin-Nihombashi

  • Kuramae

  • Finish, Authentique (Asakusa)

RULES - Which are only here as a rough guideline but you know I am legally obliged to say this:

All riders must have fully working front and rear brakes.

NIGHT RIDE means you have to be using working lights.

 

Obey all traffic regulations.

Riders; ride and carry their own responsibilities for any injuries/damage which occurs before, during and after the ride.

 

All track style fixed and single speed bikes are welcome and I guess any 27" framed BMX that can keep up, but hopefully, you have 700c size wheels!!! 

 

Remember you can also get one of these now ultra long sleeve Tees... with a special discount

¥1000 OFF W.A.C.C original Long sleeve!!!

 

 

If you want to take part or simply are interested then feel free to contact me:

 

mrtikini@gmail.com

Since we produced the video "Diner x Encore Wheels"... you may have noticed more of our bikes being customized with their wheels and being placed on our Instagram, but out of all the bikes in our fleet, the one model we feature the least is our Japan Pride model...

 

 

Just to remind you all what Japan pride means to us...

 

Each frame is made from the highest grade pipe; "Kaisei 8630R" which is made in Japan, one the best pipes money can buy, it has an unreal lightness (1800g), which does not at all compromise the strong rigidity of steel. If all this was not enough, each frame is finished by the craftsman of Tsuruoka Racing,  who have been involved in Keirin racing and tours since before 1988. The geometry of the frame is a familiar downward-looking shape that also passes through the NJS standard, by having the top-tube slope into the headtube. 

 

It is a high-end frame that is made with the street feeling of CARTELBIKES but made the best technology available for cycles in these times.

 

Size: S50cm M54cm L58cm

Weight: Frame 1820g Fork 660g

BB: 68mm JIS

HEADSET: 1 'JIS 

 

What happens when we give this one the custom treatment what we apply to all our bikes?

 

 

 

I think you'll agree the finished results make for a rather Handsome bicycle? The ingredients we used were...

 

 

 

 

 

For the drive parts we used...

 

 

That we attached too...

 

Finally, we added one of my favorite saddles...

 

 

Finished we have a bike that looks almost as good as it performs... for more information on the Japan Pride feel free to contact us at info@cartelbike.com!!!

 

 

Looking for an Alternative...try a similar custom on our 'Avenue' ... but more on that next time. 

 


I say that because I guess is typical during March but since we are in April is a bit discouraging? I say that because I was giving it all the "Charlie big potatoes" about "how the riding season is upon us ... ":

 

 

Today's weather takes me back to many shoots - where I was dressed for spring or fall in the middle of winter, which is where some of you may find yourselves today or this week, so keep checking on the weather and don't get caught out there... for me, I guess it was too soon for my haircut (big shout out to Tilt for providing me with this sweater here).

 

 

I really wish the weather would be like the day I was shooting in Chigasaki.. it was almost like the power of the sun was being summoned by the gold 'Avenue Lo':

 

 

Talking of which you might remember this custom we shared with you on all on our Instagram...

 

 

Making use of that Diner / Encore combination (like my bike), but with the wheels switched so you can feel Encore's wheels pushing you, as opposed to the pull effect this setup has on my bike...

 

 

 

Finally, we switched the bullhorn handlebars for something different that is also practical - using these short-styled drop handlebars that allow it's rider to change hand positions quickly while riding.

 

 

For this and more custom options be sure to contact our friends at Diner - dinertokyo@gmail.com

 

Talking of bringing the sun out, I remember the time my family and I went to the USA!

For me and my sister, it was the first time in our lives, crossing the Atlantic ocean from a typically cold British winter, making my way over to Orlando, Florida where winter does not exist (at least not like it does for all my fellow Brits out there).

 

Why I mention this is because of my friend Devin Morrison... who has just dropped his latest album... he himself is actually from Orlando, Florida and descends from a line of talented musicians.

 

 

Devin Morrison - Bussin':

 

 

Though we only got to spend a limited amount of time with him, the times spent together were always fun with one of the highlights being my birthday jam last year - shout out to Fitz Ambro$e for all this though!!!

 

 


Can we finally say spring is here?

 

That last spout of cold weather these past few days had me feeling like Spring was beginning to become a myth, today being the difference - just enough for me to say it's officially riding season...

 

Since it's spring I thought there is no better way to express that than by using Encore's colored wheels to brighten up your ride (unless you use their raw one...)

 

Both yesterday and today I shared with you all two customs that make use of Encore's Celeste wheel...a color I feel is like spring, actually there pink wheel is more like spring but we did not have that one to hand...

 

 

 

 

Starting with today's Instagram post:

 

 

I gave this matte black 'Avenue Lo' Encore's Celeste wheel to contrast against its dark frame...

 

 

The 'Avenue Lo' already looks like it was built for speed and adding to the sporty looks we added riser handlebars:

 

 

That we wrapped up with Fizik bar tape...

 

 

The last touch comes by way of the saddle, and the Selle Italia 1980 turbo continues that racing feeling (maybe just by the word turbo) that contributes to the overall feel of this custom.

 

 

The final result is a simple custom that 'Avenue Lo' that has the looks and performance to match...for all your custom needs and more be sure to ask our friends at Diner:

 

 

A cheaper alternative to this custom can be done by using our 'Avenue', here we used the matte green version:

 

 

Again we use riser handlebars here but this time we added Cult x Vans latest drop... their cruiser handlebar grips:

 

 

The Avenue and Encore's wheels are available at a special rate when purchased together from Diner:

 

 

Start this riding off with a difference...