Well, usually the weather in October is great for getting out and riding but it seems like the elemental forces have a different idea for us. Just as well last week enabled to get on my bike and get a good dose of lubricated chain goodness in many forms.



Firstly I wanted to get my bike (above) serviced since recently the urge for riding fixed has been growing, so thought to get my ride in condition to face the dryer climate (lol minus the rain)...



How about your bikes? According to forecasts, it's only going to rain until the weekend, after which conditions should return to being favorable for riding. Check out Diner's selection of goods for getting your bike in shape for these coming cooler seasons.


That night I also had a meet up with the homie SameHada...



When we linked, we somehow got onto the subject of the clearance between the tires and forks of his bike...



Not sure why I took the following picture though?



Anyway, we linked up to talk about the following days shoot with Yahoo Life!



We were to be taken to Tachikawa's Keirin velodrome for a day of racing action....



The action was on as soon as we had arrived...



However, we had other priorities, at first wanting to get bodies properly nourished for the day's action.



You'll get the full story soon, but we treated to a lot that day, as well as having our own private room for the day, where I was able to capture this:



The colors!

The mascots!

The guy chap in the Rakugo outfit!

Also the (not as) rowdy (as they use to be) customers!



Everything combined to make for an eventful and informative day, the informative parts came from talking with staff from JKA, not to mention speaking with some racers in person!!!


Who knew these guys could reach speeds of 70km? Enough to compete with a cheetah, as has been so elegantly illustrated below:



Good to see their art has also been properly documented!



The craziest part of the day was the debriefing we had at the end of the day, some really serious Keirin people out there 1 of which was kind enough to share some points with us...you can get more on that via the full article!



Don't forget though our 'Gun Metal Avenue Lo' is still on sale while stock lasts, don't get left behind:


Welcome to a special edition of the W.A.C.C chronicles....



We've been keeping a low profile on Instagram and have been trying to contain our excitement whilst blogging here, but we are really proud to announce that next collaboration will launch TODAY:



The project is with the FACTRY creative service; who are working with collaborators to create unique clothing and other products, and we were delighted to be invited to work with them as one of the first selection of collaborators...



Bringing a whole new line-up of W.A.C.C wear and the chance for someone out there to get one of the last few 'Specular' bikes.


Here is a preview:


You can view and purchase the full line-up here.


I thought I'd take a few moments to walk you through a couple of the ideas behind two of my favorite pieces of the humble collection of ours.


Since W.A.C.C was born and is located here in West(Nishi)-Azabu; on a daily basis we are confronted with the various mysterious sites in our neighborhood, that only those that know... KNOW. The feeling of curiosity the various mysteries draw up inside me, take me back to my childhood where I grew up surrounded by my father's vast record collection, the artwork of the sleeves conjuring up in me the same feeling of curiosity, like this particular record:



My favorite song being:



I took inspiration from this and made this...



Another piece of inspiration I gathered from the idea that the "Sun sets in the West"; which got me thinking about this record:



That far of sunset a call to adventure or a call to the night...an idea I feel is championed by this particular song:




Which inspired this...








First, I want to thank the Factry team for giving me this opportunity...




And lastly, invite you, readers, to join us tonight at TRUNK HOTEL FROM 19:00



Greetings one and all, 


We're going to keep this post short and sweet...simply our friends at Diner have a once in lifetime offer going on RIGHT NOW, that is they are literally giving away our gunmetal 'Avenue Lo'


¥89,640  ==>¥69,801




If you have EVER been sitting on the fence, now is the time to make up your mind and join the cartel, our 'Avenue Lo' has become our signature bike frame with it's slim tubed front sloping style that gives this bike a sporty yet elegant look, not forgetting how easy it is to customize... 



With that extra ¥20,000 the world of customization opens up to you, making you wonder whether you stumbled into the Genie's cave or what!!!



You'd even be able to fit our carbon forks onto the bike for just fraction more than the bike's original price...



I've said my piece the rest is now up to you...call Diner for more information 営業時間 : 12:00〜21:00 定休日: 無し
電話 & FAX : 03-6427-2745 (Japanese) or contact me at info@cartelbike.com


Thank you to everyone who came to 'Society'; the party we sponsored in association with Cedros and Cabin, which was set in NoMad Grill in Akasaka:



The lounge restaurant boasts a fantastic view of the city, making it a good opportunity to show off the two new collaboration models we made for Cedros Daikanyama and Carbin Nakameguro as well showing off a custom 'Avenue Lo' out of our regular fleet - more on those later, but first, enjoy the view:



I really enjoyed putting it down in such settings, and bonus to play alongside DJs Kekke and Kensuke...









Here are the guys from Cedros, with the collaboration 'Avenue Lo' we made for the seafood restaurant located in Daikanyama (more on that later):



We made another 'Avenue Lo' for Cabin, here getting its first ride by the bar's manager and mixologist:



Who also prepared a special drink menu for us all:



We also brought along a display model of our own - the gun metal 'Avenue Lo', that we added our C.B.3+ wheels to and also SRAM's Omnium:



The weather was perfect, and everyone in attendance was in good spirits - thank you all again for coming and sharing this day with us:







Keep following our blog and Instagram to keep updated with all our movements!


That said, we need a moment to thank 'Fine' magazine for placing our 'Avenue Lo' in the October issue of the magazine:




And before leaving, we must tell you that our friends at Diner have a big sale on for our gunmetal 'Avenue Lo':




See you all in the next update!

It's been a little while since this last W.A.C.C post, but once again prepare to enter into the world according to me...



The 'Always Maintain' T-shirt has been a slightly hot topic for those of you initiated, I mentioned Steven's wearing the long sleeve during a set he did in Shanghai...



Well, I only mentioned him again so I could plug Apron's latest release the 'Apron 35'  - which comes via Molinaro, a London native (like both Steven and I), who delivers us no-nonsense dancefloor business:



Also gotta thank jyA_me for continuing to represent for us, here she is rocking our Tee on her recent trip stateside...





I was recently asked where one can pick up this rare piece, to which my answer, of course, is look to the west where you will find Diner...when I say west, of course I mean WEST-Azabu.



I always have to shout out our friends over at Hellrazor for this....



The A/W17 collection is looking slick, and it's clear that Hellrazor is going places, you can keep up to date with their moves via their blog.



I also have to shout out our friends over at BlackEyePatch and Aoi for this...



This Sunday I'll be playing tunes along with friends at Oath ...



Besides friends, we will also be joined by Beluga DJ from the UK, who also played with us at last night's Funktion, and he definitely worked the dancefloor with a nice variety of tunes with international flavors. Check out his last radio set:



More adventures coming soon!




Last week on our Instagram we showed you how our 'Avenue Lo' when combined with carbon fiber; a material that has proven itself advantageous for many reasons. With our bikes, the material gives us weight reduction while still being a strong and durable material, that plus it's often molded with aerodynamics taken into consideration which gives us improved performance.


We put collected some of our favorite custom 'Avenue Lo' to share with you in this blog post:















However these are not the only carbon fiber parts we have ready for you, we also have our...






Diner's original carbon saddle



Diner's original carbon seat post




I have been riding with some of these parts for years now... 



Why not see what difference they can make for you?


Welcome to the 11th chronicle of our humble club, located here in Nishi-Azabu; and the reason why we call ourselves W.A.C.C (you know already right?).



Having been silent during the summer, we've recently been on a few nighttime missions, a particularly memorable occasion being our visit to Sancha (Sangenjaya), setting off from Elima, we cut through Hiroo and Ebisu, taking us through to Daikanyama, where we continued onto the better part of 246 - from Roppongi to Ikejiri the 246 can be trying; too many cars, hills, and unkempt tarmac...not the way to go for cyclists.


We made it anyway:



And just a few of us converged...



The alighting spot being our friends at Wavey Store (quite recently opened - check it out!) 



Definitely, for the skaters and anyone looking for dope apparel...



The also had a vintage football shirt pop-up going on, since the manager of the shop used to play and obviously has good sense in sports:



After finishing at the store we all moved to space orbit, where I had to handle some business of the musical kind, and where I bumped into this chap, reppin' the label he recently released off...



Which reminds me that I have to say thanks to everyone for showing love to our 'AlWAYS MAINTAIN' L/S  T-shirt, they are selling like hot cakes again, I guess since the weather is cooling down?


Thank you, Steven Julien the man behind the Apron...



Be sure to check his latest Apron show:



Here reppin' W.A.C.C in Shanghai, where he is currently on tour, I just hope he makes a stopover to visit us here in Tokyo.



Always big up the YGmane, and old time friend of the road and definitely part of the club...



Be sure to get your hands on W.A.C.C while stock lasts!!!



Finally, catch us this Thursday at Trump Tokyo



Since its release last year the chrome 'Avenue Lo' has proven itself to be a very popular model outside our stable matte colored bikes. 


Having been including in our restock, we have been sharing a few custom models on our Instagram during the week, the last post we shared being of this carbon fork edition:



However, this particular custom features Dia-Compe's 'Grand Compe' wheel and hub set:



Giving you more spin for the buck as well as having a nice polished finish, contrasting against our original matte black carbon forks:



For those of you who are looking for performance without compromising the original appearance of the bike, this is definitely the way to go...



This week we also gathered this buyer's custom from Diner:



One of the main reasons this custom stood out to us, was the black Factory Five 47' chain ring:



That this patron has attached to a size 13' cog, I have a size 16' cog with a size 48' crankset, for those of you not initiated to gear ratios this cartel owner is a bit of hard rider...



He also opted for these drop handlebars which he wrapped up with Fizik's bar tape:



Maybe he took inspiration from this particular custom we also shared earlier this week...



Diner's original aluminum drop handlebars:



You'll also notice the same Factory Five chainring but this time in purple...

However, this one is attached to the mighty Omnium direct drive crankset by SRAM...

Oh as well as Diner's 3 spoke carbon rear wheel...



With there being so many ways to custom your Cartel bike to your ride, why not customize yours today? 

Or as a first-step pick up  The  Chrome 'Avenue Lo' available now - ¥89,640?



My idea of bicycle culture - namely the way I have been experiencing life through my cartel bike, which for the most part has fuelled my recent adventures in music, books, films and generally my life here in Japan for the past 10 years.


During this journey, I've been blessed enough to meet kindred souls, who I have been able to create and share experiences with; two of them you can see in the following photo - taken while we were shooting Jesse Freeman's debut short film 'vein':



Vein from Jesse Freeman on Vimeo.


It was shot by Alani 'Rathermakeart' Cruz, whose logo used three items, that inspired the following photo (a replica of his logo):



His mantra was simply "I'd rather be making art right now"...



His work was last exhibited jointly with Jesse Freeman's, where they created a 'back and forth' dialogue through photos in a series they called "Jordan's and and a Gold chain" - the title revealing much about their socializations on the Eastcoast of the U.S:



I am sure they were communicating ideas/feelings they both share as artists, I love the dialogue simply because the pictures were born from their actual experiences growing up, as opposed to something voyeuristic and objective:





Jesse's response...



As for me, it was Alani that watched over me like an angel back in 2014, when I fractured my right hip in 3 places, just before joining Cartel bikes...



Here is a very valuable picture of Alani and I (thank you Eric!!!), just after I had returned my crutches to the hospital and while he was still looking after me, though he himself held back something from the world at large...



Let me take it back even further though, and share with you something we both created from an experience we shared way back in 2010, where I was invited to DJ in Osaka, a journey he documented (below a sample):





The journey we shared resulted in the creation of the following, which I will continue share on this day every year one way or another:


Mr.Tikini alongside  Alani ‘Peep Game’ Cruz went to Osaka last year July. Our time there was special to say the least. We were taken to a vintage clothes store, whose owner is a vinyl junkie. Needless to say that vinyl got bought, especially since all the records were just ¥100 yen.


To show our appreciation we have put together a little mix of 22 tracks in total (only ¥2,200).


Right click and save this image – Which was lovevingly designed by Alani ‘Peep Game’ Cruz

Left click this image to be taken to the download page.

Tikini’s Mix. (click for download)

Alani ‘Peep Games’  Cruz’s Mix. (click for download)

Both mixes are full of snap crackle and pop, which was a bone of contention for us. However these records are old 45’s and the snap, cracle and pop just adds to the effect.

To our friends in Osaka, this one’s for you.

For everyone else enjoy the ride.








Alani, man you saw each of us (who you viewed as your brothers) for who we could be, I've let you down majorly recently, but from here on in I promise to make you smile, since after everything I've been through this year...I too would also rather be making art...


Rest in power!




With good weather comes good news I guess, for us, it's the restock of our 'Avenue' bikes - let me start this by refreshing you all as to what our 'Avenue' bikes stand for:


"The AVENUE is our entry-level bike that offers an enjoyable gentle ride and classic style characterized by a 1 inch chromoly horizontal top tube."

Here is the detail information about our 'Avenue'...


WEIGHT 9.8kg 

In 2017 we've have seen blood orange, mint and a rare gray, but this update we are offering our staple matte black, but today I want to share pictures of the rarer metallic blue and matte white bikes.


Starting with the metallic blue:



The metallic finish has definitely got to be a charm point of this slim framed beauty, especially when the metallic paint is brought to life by the rays of the sun, giving the frame an altogether different hue:



This delivery of 'Avenue' bikes, sees them all finished with black parts (wheels, crank, saddle, seat post, brakes and handle bars).



Classic lines meet modern coloring - The metallic blue 'Avenue':



Or pure white simplicity - The matte white 'Avenue':



The contrast of our logo and parts, for me, are the charm points of the matte white bike...



Our restocked 'Avenue' bikes have been the focal point of our Instagram this past week, thank you for all the love you have been showing us.



Our 'Avenue' bikes have high demand, so be sure to get yours while stocks last!!!