Let me start by thanking both Cotton Club and Omar for allowing me to come and vibe out at Omar and Courtney Pine's show.



The performance was amazing, with the Cotton Club's lighting and sound adding to the already magnificent ambiance - if that is not enough the food and especially the cocktails are on point, all served with proper OMOTENASHI!!!


Moving on, in light of the controversy around Nike's use of Colin Kaepernick, sales have risen a mighty 31% days after Nike ran this campaign. 



While I won't talk about the backlash against this campaign, but the Omar show at Cotton Club was a good chance to show everyone how I felt about the matter:



Thank you, Atmos for the hookup, and you can see the results of the shoot we did here on Hypebeast:



Thank you to everyone who made it to our W.A.C.C ride 04 last Saturday night... what a great run; the feeling of being united by destination, working up a hard sweat and of course beating off the weekend warrior traffic is a buzz for sure.



Excluding myself, we were joined by 6 riders of all levels with one the most experienced and youngest rider being a dirt BMX racer, international vibes from DPG and extra elegance being brought to the ride by Susie (thank you once again)!



DPG members were on their usual Armageddon type vibe...you know they're coming but when? You can't even guess Ocean showed up a full two hours early...and the rest of their crew...well... Let's just say they arrived, but an old music friend of mine; Noxin of Watapachi and PPR fame was coming out from an extra 14km, so was already properly warmed up by the time he arrived - but big up to him for making that effort.


I have a tendency to get carried away once we start riding out, with my mind shutting off, and my eyes and body taking over impulsively... especially when it comes to catching those green lights. That said however the ride was awesome and really look forward to seeing everyone next month on the 10/8!!!



Gotta send a shout-out to both Yoyo and Uchu at Oath for becoming 'Avenue' ladies...wishing you can both also join us next ride? 



After the ride, we quickly made it down to check out the "PoshGod in SickTown" exhibition... always a pleasure linking up with the PoshGod though



And I can't wait to hear his latest tape...which he describes as "... as heavy Techno vibes..."



Allow me to start this blog post by sharing with you these three customs I have shared on our Instagram over the past few days. I wanted to make use of Encore's sublime and yellow colored carbon wheels in combination with our brightest and darkest frames...


Here I placed the sublime 700c wheel on the rear and coupled it together with our yellow 'Avenue':



This combination is my favorite for sure though for those who want their bike to make a statement, try our strong red 'Avenue' with a nice twist of 'subLIME':



Replacing the yellow frame with Encore's yellow wheel and using the matte white 'Avenue':



The finally making good use of contrast we take our matte black 'Avenue Lo' and add the yellow Encore wheel to the front:



Tomorrow I get to reunite with the legend Omar as he arrives with another legend Courtney Pine to perform their show:



Let's start with Courtney Pine; if you don't know the name your truly not a music head since his name is has been synonymous with British Jazz, and he talents with the Saxophone. Of course, he is a household name back in the UK but things only really got personal via this record:


Which features Courtney's talents and was handed to me personally by Dee Cape's nephew who you will know more as Brassfoot - who put together this mix for us way back when:



Not forgetting the legend Omar of course...who brought us all this wonderful song:




For those joining us, the route this Saturday is looking like this...


  • START, The Wall; Nishi Azabu

  • Nogizaka

  • Akasaka

  • Toranomon

  • Shimbashi

  • Tsukiji

  • Hamatsucho

  • Shiba-Koen

  • Mita

  • Shiro-kane

  • Tengenjibashi

  • Finish, Hiroo


If you have any questions feel free to ask - mrtikini@gmail.com!




By now you surely know about our upcoming ride out this Saturday?



I was looking around for motivational videos and such, but I found nothing new that I have not already posted but I wanted to compare the kind of inner-city riding style of places like London and L.A where the wheelie reigns supreme and large numbers of riders group together to ride out:








Versus the kind of ride style you'd see on the European continent:



Which makes me think about how on our rides so far I have yet to see any real uses of wheelies or skids, just good demonstrations of speed and stamina...


The last ride I did with Ocean was also a good demonstration of how to also navigate the streets safely...



With my highlight being the powerful Sunset...



The 2nd ride we did, covered what seemed to be the longest distance; due to the scorching weather, which also allowed us the chance to get a good detox, with the highlight being riding through Kyoko on Sunday - where the roads are opened exclusively to cyclists.  



The first ride we did back in April had the highest attendance so far and was by far the quickest run of the 3 rides with us covering 12km in less than 30 minutes - almost a complete tour of Minato-ku...



I believe this could have been faster but we did to stop and observe traffic regulations, due to the size of our group and the fact some roads were under construction...putting the traffic on diversions which present a potential hazard.



Still, the legend of the Mr.Magico has yet to reappear...



My old partner 



And the many other faces I have had the pleasure of riding with over the years...on Saturday as always we meet behind here...



In general our rides over flat smooth roads that are well fitted for cycling... let our yellow jersey friends from Tour de France show you what a proper course consists of...



These guys are all over the place...check out their stage 7... they call flatland





So you see we have it easy my friends...



Let us do it...non-stop and see if we get under 25 minutes for 30km!


Well, that was quick... the summer is over and now we are in that twilight zone they call Autumn... with its ever-changing weather and unfortunately Typhoon's for those of us here in Japan.


Yet that has not stopped a lot of you jumping onto our bikes, like this custom bike put together at Diner...



Who must have been keeping an eye on our Instagram where recently we posted these versions of our 'Avenue Lo' chrome



Not only did he drop "the party in the back" move but including Encore's 700c raw wheel in the rear... he went that big further to a make sure he was transferring as much power to wheels...



He did this by adding Miche Pistard 2.0 crankset to the mix...


Which has it's own unique BB for making sure all that power is transferred to the wheels properly...


He also includes one of my favorite saddles out there...Selle Italia's Turbo saddle series in black:



Replacing the standard bullhorn handlebars with these risers bars:



A strong custom job indeed, which I could only follow up with our strong red 'Avenue':



Very strong indeed and sometimes resembling the pinkish strong sorbet type of red that you might have seen in the 80's giving it an instant nostalgic...



Even without any customization at all, our 'Avenue' is strong, and made even in stronger in strong red...



On the subject of strength, you have to watch the amazing story about two these cyclists:



I would never call myself a cyclist, since even though I ride my bike every day, my passion could not rival that of many riders out there, that plus my first passion is music, nonetheless, if I can ride every day and this wonderful couple below - what is your excuse?:



If you want to ride with purpose then why not join us? Want to improve you ridings skills? Get advice on how to custom and maintain your bike? Or push yourself to the limits? 


Then there is no excuse...come and join us!



DATE: 09/08/2018


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

ROUTE:  Approx 12km



I had started out this post by wanting to express how I have been delving deeper into the mysteries of this or that blah blah blah; which although true, more than anything I find myself exploring the work of my immediate friends as well as preparing myself for the fall...


We will pick up on that topic next blog post. Before I get into this post though I must say we are down to the very last few 'Hombrementary' bikes with the remaining bikes all with those majestic silver parts.



In matte black:



Or white and yellow:





They are still on that final offer at our headshop Diner for -  ¥59,400


If you have been following the Cartel Instagram you will notice that I have been using a particular location to capture the bikes we are posting usually like this...



One joy about taking pictures at this spot...is seeing how my little-feathered friends are progressing day-by-day, as there is a whole family of swallows(?) nesting in this space. Sometimes you can even see the chicks, usually when they are hungry, as they will stick their scrawny big beaked heads to beg for food...not sure it's cute though.



Which reminds me of how I have been using our 'Avenue' bikes in conjunction with Encore's colored wheels, with the last post being of the above matte black 'Avenue' with Encore orange 700c wheel:



Thank you all so much for all the likes and love we've been getting on our Instagram and expect more new about our feathered friends:




Don't forget we have the ride out coming soon...



And we should be seeing the likes of these fine young gents...



I am gonna bless you all with a gem that I have been playing out recently from the following LP:



The song is by the Rance Allen group and it goes a little something like this...



You can hear this tune and more at ....



Which we have finally dedicated an Instagram for...



Tonight being a Thursday = Funktion

In fact the party has already started...see you there?


The 'Last of the Summer's Wine' was a popular comedy-drama that used to air on BBC 1 back when I was growing up, the series based on the escapades of three retired pensioners who live in the north of England... a small town called Holmfirth in West Yorkshire to be exact: 



Very enjoyable viewing...



With summer coming to a close, our latest 'Avenue' colors have never been more relevant... today we will focus on the strong red:



The strong red's coloring as I mentioned today on our Instagram, looks delicious...have you ever had a rich flavored raspberry sorbet?



That deep fruity feeling is taken even further when coupled with one of Encore's many colored wheel offerings, of which we used the orange 700c front wheel for today's Insta post:



The ingredients for this custom? 


1) Diner's original aluminium riser handle bars:



2) Encore's orange 700c front wheel:



3) Diner's original 88mm rear wheel:



4) Selle Italia's Turbo saddle in black:



This custom is available from our friend's at Diner right now for - ¥166,900 + tax



The deeper meaning behind mentioning the show 'Last of the summer's wine' - was that, of course, we are at the end of summer, a time where we really must enjoy those precious final moments. The main cast is mostly over 65 and very much enjoying the final precious years of their lives... the last of their summer's wine. 



Going deeper though... the show was full of bicycles...



Even Smiler got his hands dirty...



How will you enjoy the last of the summer's wine?

In life, the balance of power is truly an enigma...I heard it once defined as those who can do what they want versus others who do what they have to.



Doing what you have to do is most definitely admirable, especially if it will lead you to where you want to go, from my experience of riding I learned a little bit about power - or more importantly how to use it.



The right amount of force applied in the correct manner, place and time can propel you toward exactly where you either want to or have to go ... 


Have you ever taken the time out to truly think about the quality of your technique?




The above diagram shows us that the best time to apply your full force is when the pedals are positioned just after 12 o'clock until before they reach the 6 o'clock position...


However, that is if you are riding without straps...



Why use straps? The simple answer is because "you can push down and pull up" on the pedals, but that is not the only reason:


"The reason I use clips and straps is that a lot of energy is expended simply keeping the balls of your feet centered on the pedals. If you don't believe me, try pedaling exclusively with clips and straps until you're used to them, then remove them. You'll find that your feet keep slipping off the pedals. This demonstrates that you were expending effort to keep your feet on-target."


Let's strap in and power up? With Diner's power strap - ¥5400



Want to know more - then come and join me this upcoming ride where we can learn more from each other?



DATE: 09/08/2018


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

ROUTE:  Approx 12km


Gonna give a big thank you to Posh God, for laying down a killer set last Funktion:



In spite of the recent mosquito bites, hold your head up!!!


Check his one from latest NTS show to get a feel of his ...:



Also, want to send a big shout out to Uncle Boof and Donsta for holding it down for me at the last Felt party:



Don't forget Funktion is tonight (in fact it has already started!!!) and every Thursday night.





All good things come to an end... but rarely do they come with a discount... with only a few remaining 'Hombrementary' bikes left over we have decided to give you all one final chance:



ALL remaining models will now be reduced from ¥69,120→¥59,400!!!


In the wonderfully co-ordinated white and yellow with silver parts:



Our staple matte black contrasted by silver parts:



Finally, the matte black with black parts for all those who all those who allured by the dark side:



And with that extra saving, the chance to customize this one of a kind bike becomes even more attainable, and I especially feel that adding Encore's wheels into the Hombre equation is the sure way to go forward:


The Arctic white 700c with our White Yellow SP:



The Orange 700c with our Matte BLACK BP:



OR even with SP:



Or why not go the whole way and the party in both the front and back?



For those of you looking for something calmer, you might remember this custom we posted last week?



If you are looking to take the 'Hombrementary' further Diner offers a wide range of original carbon parts and more that will really bring out the full potential of this original:



Let's review what makes this bike special...


1) The seat stay overlaps the seat tube



2) With the Seat tube curving around the rear wheel



3) The long riser handlebars



4) Of course, the unique Hombre Nino seals:




To summarize the 'Hombrementary'; we can say this is a great bicycle for inner city commuting and thanks to the triple triangle frame can be a real beater too


The only place you can get this special sale price is of course at our head shop Diner!


Hurry while stock last!!!

You know late that we have been sharing our chrome and matte black quite heavily on our Instagram and even on this blog.


So we had to add some balance to those posts by bringing back our 'Avenue' starting with the matte white version:



The white 'Avenue' here with Diner's original 88mm carbon front wheel...



And of course their original riser handlebars:



Handlebars are visually one of the most key parts any bike, personally I am always interested in what type of handlebars people use, and furthermore, keep my eyes peeled for trends; and I noticed a few. That said a good set of riser handlebars will always beat trends and look good.


So why not add some to your Cartel bike today?


Diner's original riser handlebars - ¥3,780



My first set of handlebars were also risers, so I know how easy and great they are for riding...




Since I have been holding down the night scene for all these years here in Tokyo, I often get asked to make events or help promote them etc... for the most part, I have been declining offers (even to DJ) since I have my daily duties to fulfill as a Cartel bike man. 


However, when a homie hits you up with an irresistible offer ... 



The man above Kosta who is behind the brand FELT:



Which stands for For.Every.Living.Thing and since it's birth in 2013 has literally risen to great success, (check out their Instagram). Well, when he asked me to help put together a party with TOKYOVITAMIN I had to oblige, the first reason being that Felt and the rest of their family are much fun to spend time, even more so if it's a party!


To make it special Felt have added some exclusive gear that you can ONLY COP at the Party like ...



Oh, they are also making a special commemorative T-shirt...



We also have free drinks offered by the good people at Martin Miller's Gin (thank you!)




2018.8.18.SAT at OATH (ex.TRUMP TOKYO)
22:00-5:00 / FREE ENTRANCE


東京都渋谷区道玄坂1-6-5 東静ビルB1F



Gonna leave with the latest Video by the man Dretti Franks - one the most underrated rappers and producers of this current generation, and when I say I current I mean...he is been doing this music thing since I was pushing Osiris as a thing but I started on his music back 2012/3...



His latest MIXTAPE is below!







If you have been following our Instagram then you would have seen that we've been sharing our matte black 'Avenue Lo' in custom form for your consideration.


Exhibit A ) The very reason we called this post 'Dark Temptations': 



A wonderful medley of black with a touch of intimidation perhaps, or spirit of rebellion, I know that if this bicycle was a male in his late teens...he'd be the one that everyone says is a 'bad influence', or if it was a young lady in her early twenties a few middle-aged men would left behind their stable family life for this bad girl...



This feeling of rebellion is the influence of these Vans x Cult grips that we attached to the long riser handlebars, Cult being a world-famous BMX brand & crew, and both Fixed gear and BMX as a culture are a part of rebel culture no doubt.



For that extra visual impact, we added Diner's original 88mm carbon wheels to both the front and back of the bike.



Actually, an interesting observation of mine is that the thing about these wheels being matte black, means the otherwise in your face appeal of 88mm of carbon fiber is toned down by them blending in with the matte black of the 'Avenue Lo' frame. 


So for anyone trying to make a lesser statement this custom could be for you...



Exhibit B)  Party in the front!



Yes, I have been making heavy use of the expression party in the front... which is a play on "business at the front, party in the back":



The party idea coming from Encore's vivid color selections and of course all the action that is to be had from the performance of these 700c wheels:



The performance offering high stability, which in turn makes for improved handling, while at the same time greatly reducing wind resistance.


An unlikely partnership no doubt, but the 88mm at the back could the "business' part, with it's dark and slightly intimidating looks - and of course because that wheel also handles its business.



For anyone looking for Cartel custom solutions, be sure to get in contact with our friends at Diner!



Gonna finish off with this tune...