Starting this update by thanking 'Atmos Lab' and 'E-girls' Aya for this shoot we did that allowed me to showcase my bike and "riding skills".



I really love the fact that Aya made use of 35mm film for this shoot as this was something I was doing with my W.A.C.C project.



The analog effect really brings out the vibrancy of my Encore wheel...named Omaha orange for some reason.



You might also notice (if you have keen eyes) that the other orange part on my bike...which is, another American legend Chris King:



You may have also noticed on our Instagram that we have run a small series posting our complete bikes without any trimmings, but our blog today I will share with you each bike from our fleet in their most simple custom forms our matte black 'Avenue': 



For this one, we added Diner's original 60mm carbon wheels on the front and back, a subtle upgrade on the eyes but truly effective on the street.


Signing off I am going to leave you with this...




First W.A.C.C post of the new I highlighted the last post my new years was not as full of adventure as I think it should have been.



With my visit to Asakusa being the highlight, especially my dinner at Yoshikami ...



Following on the theme of new starts for 2019 I wanted to highlight the new bike my friend Laurence from Evisen purchased:



If you know Laurence you'll know he is proper on a skateboard!



As such skates for Evisen with backing from Adidas...



You can find out more by reading his Interview here...and I guess he is bike will be supporting his lifestyle even more:



By adding this Fairdale skateboard rack to his 'Avenue':



In conjunction with a rack from Nitto...



The results?



How will you customize your Cartel and for what?

Doesn't time fly?


Here we are in 2019 and at the start of the new year we have to once again thank you for all patronage in 2018... this year also promises to be special. We finished last year by dropping the brown 'Avenue Lo':



And this year we have so much more to bring you so keep watching this space.


This New Years I kept a very low profile with sleeping and eating being the main focus, but on the morning of January 1st I did make time to start the year out right by heading over to Yoyogi Hachiman:



I choose Yoyogi since I knew the crowds would be calm, compared to the more famous temples/shrines - but I only really went there to pray since the spot really had a calling for me. The next day I managed to make it to Asakusa where I got my hands on some charms and such to ensure 2019 stays blessed.


I also managed to catch a lot of films...with an interesting one being 'Green Book'



I told a friend that it was so-so but that was while I was 1/4 of the way through but by the end, it won my heart over even more since Don Shirley is such a character:




Oh this month being part of the new year I thought it good for us to focus on NEW starts with our bikes... Like I shared on our Instagram today:



We hope to push all of you sitting on the edge with some of the best cleanest customs bikes we put together over the last year...and for all you existing owners we hope you are motivated to do something new with yours.



Just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone for making this year special!!!



A big shout out to all my riders...



There was never a lonely moment when riding out in 2018.



Big shout out to all the brands who collaborated with us; From Bal.



To, Hombre Nino:



A big shout out to Encore wheels for also being great!



MVP of the year goes to Samehada-Z!



I'll leave you with some new music very fitting for this time of year:


Starting this post by thanking Houyhnhnm



Sharing with their readers our latest drop the 'Avenue Lo' Brown...



I'd say it's more of a dark golden brown which has a metallic chameleon finish to it, meaning that its color changes depending on how the light hits the front sloping frame.


This makes it a lot of fun to customize especially the wheels, from Diner's original carbon wheels above to Encore's wheels below:



The brown 'Avenue Lo' is available right now at Diner!



I guess the biggest news this month was my short trip to Iida city in Nagano; wow I just found out that Iida is an Environmental model city with the city striving to maintain low greenhouse gas emissions (you go guys!).


I started my trip by paying a visit to Yoyogi-Hachiman shrine:



As part of the pray and play moto, we have adapted!


The next day we set off in the Afternoon and took the 3-hour journey by car - it was a beautiful drive as we passed through the Minami Alps and also saw Lake Suwa.



We first arrived at the hair salon Duck Rock since the owner (Imai-san) was behind our booking...oh yes I forgot to mention the purpose of our trip was help celebrate the anniversary of After5ive...(we will get onto that later).



Duck Rock's interior was really warm and full of interesting bits and pieces...



Obviously had to have a snowboard in there...



Oooh and look they support the home team Apron Records:



And the other home team... Black Focus Records:



After settling down it was soon time to get some stamina for the long sets we were about to play we hit up this local Yaki Niku spot (it was amazing!)



From there it was straight to the club to lay it down...



I still love the fact that they used one of our pictures for the flyer.



The sets we put down were both very heavy and I actually took the time to record them!!!


I really want to both thank and congratulate After5ive!!!



Big shout out to Wassupki and Imai-san aka maromaro!!!



I am also really late with this news too... and that is NCA's latest drop the DVDs have finally arrived in Japan and I was there to witness the moment they reached their first viewers here in Japan.



Global Paranoia:






Don't sleep get yours NOW!


Breaking the silence this week we start by sharing with you these custom 'Avenue' bikes:



They both make use of Diner's original riser bars - for that extra comfort when riding through the city.



I feel that almost everyone has a soft spot for this style of handlebar...but don't forget you will need to add grips...or face holding onto to ice cold aluminum in the winter and the exact opposite in summer.



Taking it further why not shed some weight by way of Diner's carbon offerings?



For pictures of the above 'Avenue' customs check out our Instagram!



In recent times I have been moving back and forth through the city and even further afield...during my runnings while in Akihabara I came across this!!!




One post on my Instagram feed and you all went crazy...why though?



Data East was a legendary video game and electrical engineering company that operated from 1976 - 2003 (Thank you wiki!).


That created many classic but personal was Side Pocket (on the Mega Drive):



Talking of the Megadrive and all things Sega...this shop really kills it... I think I finally got the drop on it so let me know if you want to pay a visit with me?



Pow a W.A.C.C post would not be right without music...and today we are indeed blessed, with THAT NEW 'Sun Runners':




Don't sleep!



In the next episode...even more, adventures!



With the release of our 'Avenue Lo' in the limited color brown - it was time for us to take to the streets:



The long-awaited new color has been added to the ‘Avenue Lo’!!


With a calm and elegant finish, it has a special color that makes us feel somewhat warm.
It’s only available in small quantity and this is a limited color!!

Be one of the lucky few!!



By doing the classic Diner 3 spoke front and 88mm rear we set the standard for the street.



Don't just be a copy make your statement today, with our limited brown 'Avenue Lo' and Diner's original parts!




Can we really call this winter?


I am still pondering this issue while I ride around Tokyo - once again I am not complaining, just... I can't help but thinking *is this really right* with temperatures averaging around 15 degrees Celsius by day.


While my main bike awaits some more work - (this is not my bike, by the way, this is just how my wheels are set up, with the Encore up front and Diner's original 88mm wheel at the back):



So in the meantime, I have been making use of the  'good ole specular':



Which has helped me with some of my runnings...



With the slightly slower pace allowing me to catch the scenery...



This time of year is always nostalgic, some would call it that Xmas feeling, but I have never really been that much into Christmas as a thing, just the slower winter pace does give us all more time to reflect. Winter is always a time that brings the Cartel memories to mind, like looking back picture we took back in 2014 during our birthing period:



Actually, I was reminded about this shoot because I will be spinning in Nagano this weekend - and the promoter decided to use this photo. I will be playing along none other than the 'Love Sick Bomber' himself, that you may all know as WASSUPSKI from Jazzy Sport... Jazzy Sport still being the hallmark of DOPE MUSIC here in Japan:



Have a good listen to their SoundCloud if you don't believe me:



Also on the subject of music, I have to thank Mixmag... for this interview, they conducted with Jay Daniel, Bushmind and me you can read it here:



The interview comes just as Jay Daniel drop his latest album TALA:



That's all for this update - see you next week work for more!


Despite it being winter the weather has been pretty mild of late with the only noticable chill being at night really, which is great news for those of us who ride.


On the subject of riding, I met an old man during my travels this week who had a very unique bike that he apparently put together himself...


What really caught me was the handlebars I don't know how anyone can really control the steering of their bikes with such short bars, and a short test ride on his bike re-affirmed that for me, but I guess that is his preference and that being said the polished finish and brake levers are a nice touch.



I also liked his direct crankset which again he says was custom made for his bike (not sure the chainring was though).



The most unique feature was the single speed gear setup - yeh it's a free gear but what is going on here? A road bike type gear setup on a single speed bike? Very interesting indeed...




His approach to customizing his bike was really unique and he was so proud of this bike it made me smile a lot, but I guess you don't have to be THAT extra to put together something special - and if the polished look it what you are going for then why not use our Avenue Lo chrome as the base for something equally as fantastic (if not more so?):



Did I tell you how much Encore wheels really rock? They are not as light as other carbon fiber wheels for sure - yet they offer you amazing performance, they added weight allows greater transference of power to the wheel and their shape, of course, has the wind resistance taken care of...and once the momentum builds up the wheel starts doing the work for you resulting in speed!



Of course, you always want to apply weight reduction where possible, and here we used Diner's original carbon saddle 2 and carbon seat post - you would actually be surprised at how much weight regular seat posts add to the bike and even saddles:



The ultimate form of weight reduction and performance comes from Diner's original 88mm rear wheel in this case though - hands down a killer:



You need something good driving your bike though and that only be in the form of a direct crank set up and here we opted for the Italian Miche Air Pistard 2.0 - air because it's light as hell and also wind resistant:



Well, there is an infinite amount of customs that can be made to your bike, and I highly suggest you start at Diner to unleash the full potential of any Cartel Bike.


In OTHER recent news, I recently have gotten to meet this guy...



He goes by the name of Omar Santis and he has recently settled down here Tokyo...we actually met in Diner and from there I got to know he is a producer of quality dance music (THANK YOU!)...



With a substantial amount of releases under his belt, and the right vibes to go with them I had to ask him to join me at Funktion; where he came through and laid down banging set starting somewhere in the 90s/00s with quality hip-hop and before we knew it the groove carried us into more housey vibes...get to know OMAR SANTIS:



Talking of Funktion...last night we celebrated the 100th edition of this weekly shin-dig and it went off... and as custom here is a shot of JC & CJ... 



BIG VIBES so thank you one and all for the support you have been showing us!

Breaking the silence we are back and I guess there is no better way than to start this update with a cool reminder...

Notice that front carbon wheel on this 'Avenue'?



You will recall that back in 2017 we created a new carbon wheel we named the 'C.B.3':



Highly aerodynamic with all the weight reductions that come with fully carbon fiber materials... 



Since it's back again why not add the 'C.B.3' to your cartel bike?



While I am here, I need to send a big shout out to Japan Camera Hunter for hooking me up with this highly in deman 'Kassha' camera (Thank you guys!)...



While also sending a big shout out to Aliens WorldWide as we lock in the final preparations for upcoming project in 2019...



May I continue?


Another shout out goes to Yamagucci mane... for the heavy set he put in last Funktion.



Oh and he was also repping the W.A.C.C (much love man).



Our other guest DJ was Kwesta, who came all the way from Osaka and laid down a beautiful set with some of the records he had purchased for the newly opened bar INC... THANK YOU!



Making this one brief to let you know that after uploading this post I am heading straight back in to lay down my set...