Our Japan Pride model once again featured on our Instagram; a bit like a unicorn we tend to limit the number of times we post this model - but we had to post this custom version of it:

 

 

Before we take more about the bike though, the T-shirt you see me above shot is a sure blast from the past ...

 

 

The Osiris days were legendary in their own right:

 

 

From which I have to give a big shout out to the young man on my right; B.Y.M aka Nature Fresh, and for some reason, one of his unreleased songs dropped on youtube:

 

 

Could there be more to come from Osiris? 

 

Back to the bike?

 

 

This custom proved really popular on our Instagram:

 

 

Maybe it's the C.B.3 wheels?

 

 

Or the Sugino 75 x Factory Five drive action?

 

This summer I think we will keep to the Firework Ride status as last night's ride was a lot of fun... tune into the next update to find out what happened!

 

 

We will also announce the next ride...

 

 

 

 

 


The recent weather has got me thinking about just how important it is to both keep your bike well protected or sheltered but also performing regular maintenance.

 

The small things like keeping your drive parts greased up and tires full of air can make a huge difference to your the way your bike feels and more importantly makes your bike safer to ride.

 

 

It's always nice when riders of our bikes understand the importance of this and drop into one of our many dealers to keep their cartel bikes in good shape...

 

 

Our friend here wanted a change in ride position so and feel to the handling so we suggested starting at the Handlebars and Grips:

 

 

The long silver riser handlebars are from Nitto and can be cut down to the suitable length of your needs; for example, if you plan to be ducking in between traffic you might want to keep their length that bit shorter.

 

The black leather grips came from Brooks and they are most certainly some of the finest handlebar grips money can buy:

 

 

Our discerning friend's bike suffered a bit from recent rain that plus she had also decided to improve the drive on her 'Avenue' with the first step being a new chain, followed by the switch from free to fixed gear (which of course, means pedal straps):

 

 

She opted for Izumi's Jet Black and gold 420g goodness:

 

All of our dealers carry those special parts you need to make your bike that extra bit special just like our headshop Diner:

 

 

There have been some killer tunes coming out of Japan this year and nowhere more than out of the dance music scene; what makes this even more for special for me is that these said artists are also active DJs here in Tokyo, who I have had the pleasure to play alongside... like YO.AN:

 

 

If you didn't know Yo.An and I just finished a small tour in China...

 

 

We had a great time and built a lot of new bridges...

 

 

More importantly, I am mentioning him because of this one tune he dropped recently, seriously it has totally blown me away, and it's hard to explain exactly why other than the fact it's so damn catchy, simple and groovy, and captures the spirit of what we represent having that street/hip-hop backbone but playing out dance music:

 

 

His label Hole and Holland is moving from strength to strength this year with him and his colleague Mamazu also having played in my hometown London where they also got on NTS...

 

 

Check it out here:

 

 

 

 


 

The weather has made it really hard for us to get out on our bikes on a consistent basis, it's been raining almost non-stop but if that was not enough we have not seen a proper day of sunshine since ??? So I thought it's really time to turn the heat up with the next ride...by us making a visit to the:

 

The Sumida River Fireworks Festival

 

This being the 42nd festival and competition, where we can see about 20,000 displays of Japan's best Pyro technicians spread over two sites but are quite visible from the general area...

 

 

My inside sources have let me know the best point of entry for us to avoid all those crowds furthermore we will be leaving at 17:00 and it will take us about 30mins to get there leaving us with plenty of time to seek out the best location...of which I may have some inside sources - I have had some good ones over the past years like where this picture was taken:

 

 

 

Currently, my friend is taking part in a bike race located on a mountain that involves both ascents and descents... as you can see most people are using geared bikes:

 

 

But my friend shows the flexibility of how single speed bikes can be customized and joins...

 

 

 

His bike reminds me that all Cartel bikes can be fitted with wider tires like this custom 'Avenue Lo' we posted some weeks ago on our ever-growing Instagram:

 

 

We fitted this particular one with 28c tires:

 

 

Wider tires will give your bike a more robust and rugged feel with the wider surface area, this should equate to more confident riding but since we are based in the city we have stuck with using slick type tires.

 

 

We added drop handlebars for a change here with some soft cushioned bar tape...

 

 

 

With the saddle following on the cushioned theme by using the San Selle Italia Turbo classic saddle.

 

For all your custom needs or inquiries be sure to contact our friends at Diner

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

DATE: 07/27/2019

DEPARTURE TIME: 17:00 (Arrive at least15 minutes early)

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

ROUTE:  Approx 12km (Return Journey)

 

 

This is the wall...

  • START, The Wall; Nishi Azabu

  • Roppongi 1-chome

  • Toranomon

  • Shimbashi

  • Ginza

  • Yurakucho

  • Nihombashi

  • Higashi-Nihombashi

  • Finish, Sumida Fireworks 

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

Yes, people, It's been a while and currently, the weather here in Tokyo is a bit heavy with all lower pressure that comes with this rainy season.

 

That hasn't stopped you from enjoying our light blue 'Avenue'; one of the two latest colors we recently dropped along with 'flamingo', but the post we will stick with blue since it has been proving to be popular. 

 

 

It has a radiant glow which these photos almost looking like CGI - but these photos are real (I took them myself).

 

 

Even the most simple of customs makes for even more appealing visuals; like adding Encore's 'Arctic white' wheel to the front (or back):

 

 

Adding the carbon composite wheel to the front of the bike gives you the effect of cutting through the wind with the wheel also pulling you along as its build speed and momentum.

 

 

Our friends at Diner put this particular custom together for one discerning customer...

 

 

And you can observe he swapped out the drop handlebars for Diner's original bull horn bars...

 

In other news, we just got back these shots from that ride we had to taste that Pho thanks to Adam...

 

 

I guess it was still a bit chilly...but big the all the crew for making it a special night...

 

 

And on a random...big up man like Ocean for getting his track-stand skills UP!

 

 


It's been a while but rest assured we have been keeping it busy, 

 

We'll start this post off by thanking Loop Magazine ...

 

 

For featuring our latest colorways of both our 'Avenue Lo' and 'Avenue' bikes...

 

 

The latest, of course, being the Flamingo and Light Blue 'Avenue' bikes:

 

 

Thanks to one and all who joined our last ride it was a success...

 

 

With us riding out to Asakusa...

 

 

Well more precisely to Kuramae to visit Mclean Old Burger Stand!

 

 

One of the best burger joints in Tokyo by a long shot...all thanks to this man who ate a burger a day until he found his groove:

 

 

We all went in on our food and believe the hype; those burgers have been researched and perfected! 

Then decided to head back toward the west side of things...but got distracted before we could even get clear of the greater Asakusa-bashi area

 

 

And when I say distracted I mean really distracted!!!

 

 

We will be back again with another update before you can say ...

 

Also, don't forget you can still catch me at Funktion every Thursday!

 

 

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: