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.

 

 

 

 

As the rain pours, the gateway to warmer weather and the yearly highly anticipated cherry blossom season you, are all longing for OPENS!

 

 

That means it's time for RIDE 07 - CHERRY RUN EDITION... cherry because it's our first ride of the year and yes as I mentioned this ride will lead us into the many a blooming cherry.

 

 

 

SPOT 1) CHIDORIGAFUCHI PARK

 

 

SPOT 2) SHIBA PARK

 

 

I am thinking we will stop off at spot 1 for some picture taking vibes, and cool off for a bit before moving onto spot 2, where we'll take a moment to practice some moves...and it seems this time it should be the skid since many of you have been switching over to fixed - here is some motivation for you via DJ EES

 

 

The first ride of the year so let me remind you of a few things; you will probably need to check on the condition of your bike tire pressure, drive parts lubrication and the condition of your brakes...or get there early enough for us to do that for you!!!

 

 

Remember that the meeting time has been changed to DEPARTURE TIME, so please don't get left behind!

 

THE DETAILS

 

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.

 

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 


Welcome,

 

Last week I had the pleasure of taking part in a photoshoot...

 

 

It was for the independent brand Wander Man:

 

 

It was a fun shoot,  which I'm glad I could be a part of it, since I am sure this brand is going to blow-up in the near future, making use of well thought out / designed graphics that are coupled with garments (check out the jacket in the above picture) that are casual but clean - As I get older this is pretty much all I need to wrap my body around.

 

If you want to get behind the wonder that is 'Wander Man', then be sure to not miss out on their upcoming pop-up on the 23rd of this month!

 

 

 

I must say Nishi Azabu has some real good places to grub at...recently I have been discovering this through LUNCH...

 

Bar Sincere - The lunch here is only until 16:00 but wow this guy is out of control.

FCD - The combination of Tex-mex, Burgers, and Pizza... also completely out of control.

 

FCD caught my eye with these too:

 

 

In other news, we caught our chrome 'Avenue Lo' in the latest issue of 'GO OUT' magazine:

 

 

You might think this chrome looks familiar (actually I doubt you think that at all)...you'd be wrong if you thought they were not...I remember making use of this chrome once upon a time when it was a lot less customized (it's infancy):

 

 

The chrome 'Avenue Lo' is really a becoming the hallmark of Cartel Bikes, of course, due to its handsome looks, with another reason being polished chrome finishes are becoming increasingly hard to create...did you know that?

 

I'll connect that point with this customer's custom chrome - that I posted on our Instagram earlier today:

 

 

Using Diner's original carbon bullhorn handlebars...

 

 

I mention this because this customer used these handlebars to place the brake levers in...good look.

 

The next custom comes from the brains behind Kimi no Yuzu... with this 'Avenue' making use of Brooks leather parts in the form of their brown B17 saddle and leather slender grips:

 

 

Byron the Aquarius finally has touched down in Japan...and I know he is happy about it - check out his Instagram; in fact, everyone should follow him on Instagram...best vibes on the gram hands-down!

 

 

You really have to see this man in action...:

 

 

You can catch him on Dommune from 23:00 tomorrow night...

 

 

With the final chance being on the 8th - don't miss it!!!

 

 

And will leave you with music from this last album...

 

 

 

 

Our friends at Diner just dropped a new video that features...my bike, my Encore wheel and me!

 

The video was shot and edited by old riding partner JT from Proxy:

 

 

Having been in and starred in enough videos and photoshoots - I thought it was time to finally make my own, so yes the above story was directed by me (not that its Shakespeare).

 

Our range of bicycles make use of slim and clean tubing; which makes them a perfect match for Encore's equally slim baton wheels:

 

Here with the new matte green 'Avenue':

 

 

Here a color combination with our matte black 'Avenue Lo':

 

 

Which color would you choose?

 

 

Gonna finish this post with this new track which marks the return of Dash Gambino... if you know then you know:

 

 


 

 


Thanks for all the love you showed this picture on our Instagram...no custom just pure gold:

 

 

The newly released gold 'Avenue Lo' is available now.

 

Let me start by telling you all to be extra cautious when riding on Sundays; the expression 'Sunday Drivers' exists for a reason, what I witnessed with my own eyes last Sunday really blew my mind...my advice even when the lights are green is to slow down and seriously check your surroundings.

 

I have finally been getting back to riding... for better or worse (the worse being last Sunday, ask when you see me) - The better is because it's been nice revisiting my bike after a few weeks of not riding.

 

 

With those Sunday drivers in my mind, I upgraded my brakes at the end of the last year.

 

 

A really simple set of Dia-Compe BRS 101s on the front and back (with the back having brake shoes for carbon wheels):

 

 

After taking the photo above of my bike's brakes... I stood to see the sun shining of my saddle (Diner's original carbon 2.0):

 

 

Sometimes you have to challenge yourself to find something new that's old, so I've been digging through the algorithms trying to find something special but rare then I came across - mellow mood making music:

 

 

My guy Uncle Boof once again also put me onto another rapper that I can say so far so good about... his name is Larry June:

 

 

 

You can listen to his latest mixtape here:

 

 

All this cruising music got me thinking about Funktion...which is happening tonight (and every Thursday night):

 

Here in Tokyo, the Olympics are constantly on the news these days (and not always for the best of reasons), anyway on a lighter note when we think about the Olympics we can't help but think about MEDALS;

 

 

here at Cartel bikes with the creation of the gold 'Avenue,' we are can offer you the feeling of the Olympics on two wheels minus the spandex (unless that is your thing!).

 

Here I share with you some 'Avenue Lo' bikes that have had Encore wheels added to them for that extra va-va-voom: 

 

Representing Gold we have the 'Avenue Lo' gold:

 

 

With Arctic white wheels.

Representing silver we have the Chrome 'Avenue Lo'.

 

 

Monotone colors make it necessary that we use Encore's raw colored wheels.

The gloss coat of the Brown 'Avenue Lo' makes it a good representative of Bronze.

 

 

The black parts mean we also use the raw wheels here.

Gold, Silver or Bronze no longer has to be about the position you come in but a preference of what you ride!

 

Moving on...

New day new rapper? But how many of them matter me? Today only two... Let's start with Dangla:

 

 

I don't know anything much about him but I peeped his music via the good ol' 'Uncle BooF', and took the time out to listen to this mixtape drop - I think the music speaks for itself:

 

 

The same can be said for OG WEAT:

 

 

His latest video...

 

 

And the previous mixtape...feeling these sounds:

 

 

On the theme of music, tonight is the 2nd Anniversary of my Funktion...and I do hope to see you there: