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...

 


 

Well, it's the beginning of a new era for us here in Japan that has been named as 令和 REIWA... which had me feeling really optimistic until I heard the news that rapper and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle was taken from us.

 

 

What is the significance and why is he out of all other artists who have passed over in recent times...why is he worthy to receive so much attention?

Aside from being a personal favorite rapper of mine, it was the moves he made that set him apart from EVERYONE else in the music game right now - all the ownership the great lengths he took to educate people in local communities, maybe this is what made him a target?!

 

 

Yesterday we completed the final ride of the Heisei Era;

 

 

The ride was definitely intense in places but mostly leisurely in others...some of you were complaining about having sore legs and of course the level of sweat... but you still had fun right?

 

 

Big up to the new rider, who joined us with his road...and became our first exception of the rule, since he had traveled all the way to join us (thanks for only using one gear in the spirit of the ride):

 

 

I must say though my route planning skills are deck - Chidorigafuchi park definitely lived up to the hype of being one of Tokyo's best spots for Cherry Blossom viewing. If that was not enough the routes I selected, took us past some less well-known spots that are still amazing:

 

 

Some of us wanted to see Tokyo Tower I made sure we got those views also...right by Shiba-Koen:

 

 

Thank you for keeping pace with me and enjoying the ride, even when I did get slightly confused about exactly where I was at one point...as in riding the in wrong direction.

 

 

Also, such a good look for us to get ARABIC FOOD at the end:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weekend is fast upon us and with it the first ride of the year - which just so happens to collide with the current 'Hanami' season; and if that is so...I can tell you now, that one will be looking at those Cherry blossoms any quicker than we will, and neither will anyone be able to catch those views from as many parks/areas as us in as short a time.

 

SPOT 1CHIDORIGAFUCHI PARK - This will be our first stop, and one of the top rated locations in order to view sakura in Tokyo.

 

 

 

SPOT 2) SHIBA PARK - In our way back we will stop by Shiba-Koen for a chance to brush up on our skidding techniques...

 

 

On the subject of skidding, let us have a quick review of skids...I'll be first to say I am not on this level at all:

 

 

I remember the days I was trying to skid on this thing...

 

 

52T Sugino Zen chainring on my Omnium... so my gear ratio was 3.25 (52 Teeth divided by 16)... way too heavy and scary to skid!!!

 

You may want to think more in terms of 46 teeth divided by 18, which is  2.55 and maybe use these super light Lattice chainrings by Factory 5...

 

 

Here goes a video demonstration:

 

 

And here I have sourced a written explanation of how to perform a skid (theoretically):

 

"To perform a skid stop, apply upward pressure from the foot that is on the pedal that is currently descending and apply downward pressure on the pedal that is ascending. This basically feels like you're trying to even the pedals against the force of momentum that you've built up while accelerating. When performed correctly, you will feel your rear tire skid against the ground and you'll hear the "CHHSHHH" sound of the skid." - The fixed gear bike stop

 

There a bunch of forums out there providing information on how to knock out skids and much more - so do your own research and then come and show us what works for you then on the 31st!!!

 

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

 

DATE: 03/31/2019

DEPARTURE TIME: 18:00 (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

  • Akasaka

  • Nagatacho

  • Chidorigafuchi Park

  • Otemachi

  • Hibiya Park

  • Shiba Park

  • Finish, Diner (Nishi Azabu)

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 

 


Last week saw us taking time out to visit the Shonan area of Japan (the coastline area around Sagami Bay)... Where we got more acquainted with our 'Avenue Lo' gold via a video shoot, so please look forward to that:

 

 

 

While shooting in the area we took time out to visit our friends Dig-In; a brand new grilled sandwich shop that is located somewhere between Chigasaki station and beach...actually the last time I made a visit there was for their opening party at the beginning of this year...

 

 

 

The master behind the grill is Tatsuya and his story goes a little bit like this...while visiting a friend's house in Portland back in the day, that friend made a grilled pressed sandwich for him that obviously left a deep impression on him...he said it was the fresh vegetables, baked meat, and the hand-made dressing held between those golden buns...

 

 

Something like this their Chorizo-Con-Carne grilled sandwich:

 

 

A masterpiece indeed.. it truly was delicious...

 

DIG-IN SHONAN

5 Chome-23 HIGASHIKAIGANKITA5, Chigasaki, Kanagawa 253-0053

0467-87-1088

 

Actually the night I spent in Chigasaki gave me time to do some exploration where I bumped into some nostalgic heroes:

 

 

It's that time again...

 

 

The crew Apron records bless with another episode of their TV show:

 

 

On the subject of music this week we are enjoying the 2nd Cherry Blossom festival in conjunction with Funktion, so don't miss out.

 

 

Once again something stirs in the deep...

 


Something ancient stirred from its sleep...

 

 

The last we saw of the ancient one was here... but the call to rise comes once again!

 

 

That being side our friends over at Apron record are getting ready to make some new drops...

From their ever-popular line of Tees...

 

 

Not forgetting that the latest episode of their TV show is coming soon also:

 

 

Today we shared with you all this custom matte green 'Avenue' on our Instagram:

 

 

As you can see for yourself the shade of green, beige, brown and black combine to make something really unique but at the same time is simple...and dare I say it cost effective as this custom won't cost you an arm and leg.

 

Broken down it is made of...

 

Brooks plump leather saddles:

 

 

This lovely brown Selle Italia Turbo Saddle:

 

 

The Michelin Dynamic Classic tires:

 

 

All combine to make this simple but unique custom, that is available right now from our friends at Diner:

 

 

Coming up this week:

 

WANDERMAN... The pop-up...

 

 

 

Also I definitely, want to big up JMS Khosah for this shot - at the end of the day, you caught me here in skank mode with my lips looking like they are whistling along to the tune... something I am trying to do less of in 2019 unless it really counts.

 

 

Like every Thursday at Oath...

 


This post we share with you one of the staff's at Diner took the time out to pick up one of our bikes and do a detailed job of customizing the bike, he chooses our matte green 'Avenue'. 

 

 

The straight and flat Handlebars by Nitto:

 

 

The Vans & Cult Grips & Nitto bar ends:

 

 

The Nitto Stem:

 

 

The Saddle:

 

 

The Dia Compe Brakes:

 

 

The placement of the Cartel logo:

 

 

And let's not forget the SRAM OMNIUM he has driving the two wheels:

 

 

The final product is definitely clean; with great attention paid to parts, color combination but overall you know this bike rides well just by looking at it...

 

 

In other news...

 

 

'Cro-Magnon City' is the new album by cro-magnon and they dropped a short promotional video for it:

 

 

And if this teaser is anything to go by... keeping to the Jazzy Sport formula everything is smooth as butter:

 

 

Leaving this post I will share with you where the It's going off tonight... FUNKTION:

 

The Chrome 'Avenue Lo'...

 

With the increasing difficulty factories are having to make chrome or raw frames colored, this bike becomes top of our range standard line of bikes by default.

 

1) The first chrome we are sharing... is reminiscent of the post we placed on our Instagram a few weeks back, but this time we switched the black seat post and stem for their silver equivalents, but still kept the Brooks leather parts.

 

 

 

Not forgetting we added Diner's ultra light 24mm carbon quick release front wheel.

 

 

Then increased the potential drive power by adding this direct drive crankset by Miche (Pistard Air)

 

 

The black leather parts Brooks contrast so well against the chrome frame and the silver parts we choose:

 

 

The B17 Saddle:

 

 

The slender leather grips:

 

 

The final touch is obviously the Boulevard style handlebars by Nitto:

 

 

2) Another aesthetic take on this custom would be this long riser handlebar but using Brown parts.

 

 

3) Of you could be completely different and go with this other custom we posted on our Insta... about a month ago - with this one using Diner's original 60mm wheels front and back.

 

 

The most recent posts on our Instagram have really been focused on our 'Avenue Lo', and have gained a lot of love from our followers - it's much appreciated.