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...




Following up with our 'Hombrementary' customs I added a really simple to our Instagram today:



I call this kind of custom of a 'party in the front', thanks to the action and coloring that comes from Encore's 700c wheels.



For all your custom needs and especially to get that party in front or back (or both), you are better off hitting up our friends at Diner.


Well, the weather has been messed up this week with us being stuck by this Typhoon...



They called Shan Shan if we take away 'h' (since everyone pronounces the name without the h), that would leave us with san san, san meaning 3 in Japanese, so 3 and 3 which equals 6... this typhoon is also number 13...<break>


I must thank Onfadd for providing me with these rain socks, I finally got to put them to the test last night - and they kept my feet completely dry.



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And back to the paranoia, who said the number 13 is unlucky? It seems that for us Tokyo residents we were spared apart from consistent rain and stronger than usual winds... everything was pretty manageable. However, I have always wondered why the name or number these kinds of things?  Of course, from a metrological point of view collecting and recording data is important... but the naming really gets me thinking... the names suck, but on a subconscious level, I really suspect there is something else going on.


Getting on the paranoia level to help introduce the latest NCA drop:






Global Paranoia they say...and I agree with this view (so watch how you step to me cuzzy), everything basically happens for a reason, even if we cannot comprehend or measure everything you still get those feels... like "yeh thats cool" or "nope dat nah gah mek it".


I was introduced to this worldview... of course via my Christian upbringing but more seriously by reading the following book:



Enjoy the video for the drop...



You should also be sure not to miss the latest drop from Apron Records...who have also been on fire this year:



Enjoy the clips below:



Oh and finally if you are around this Saturday and fancy something more intimate... 



Let me know!

This week we start off by thanking Poweredby.Tokyo; for allowing us to add field notes to the video they shot with us:



The video was entitled 'The Time is Always Now' and here it is in case you missed it:


The Time Is Always Now from on Vimeo.


Opening with the song 'Dreams' by Steven Julien (FKA Funkineven), the comments I made in the field notes are definitely encapsulated in the feel of that tune:



Getting to Tokyo and riding here is definitely a "dream" I manifested... thinking to myself "What type of liberties would I have to take to free myself enough to ride like those guys?"...when I use to look like this:



Earth colors were my thing back in those days that said be sure to check out the full feature here:



We'd also like to thank Houyhnnhm for featuring our new 'Avenue' colors:



Not only that, we also once again want to thank everyone who picked up our 'City Bike' collaboration with Bal.



We have now officially sold out of this special model, meaning your next option is going to be our collaboration with Hombre Nino and our 'Hombrementary'.


To remind you, this week I will be sharing some of the customs we have built and placed on our Instagram starting off with this:



Mainly making use of Brook's leather parts, this is a simple but particularly stylish custom brings out the yellow and white coloring of the frame, which is further complemented by this version's silver parts:



The shade of golden brown that Brooks describes as honey combines with the subtle suede color of Michelin's dynamic classic tire:



I think it's fair to say that the honey-colored saddle and beige tires are a good match for the white and yellow of the frame:



The custom white and yellow 'Hombrementary' is available now from our friends at Diner:


Brooks custom 'Hombrementary' - ¥103,464



Don't forget this Thursday we are back the newly refurbish Oath:



Come by and do it again!




I wanted to title this blog The yellow brick 'Avenue' and start off by saying "follow the yellow brick..."


However, wwe'll start off by thanking FNMNL for sharing our new colored 'Avenue' bikes with their readers - you check the news by clicking here.



We also want to thank Diner for sharing with us their customer snaps; this snap, in particular, stood out to us for the custom work the customer had done to it. 



Which was particularly simple... since he just added these flat handler bars (and of course the grips):



Well, I am sure by now you know that our friends at Diner have the most choices for customizing your Cartel Bike outright, with the ability to order select parts for your riding needs - so why not see what they can do for you?


On the subject of customizing our latest 'Avenue' bikes... I went ahead and put together a couple of customs that I thought were interesting. One, in particular, was inspired by hamburgers and hot dogs...



• The ketchup via Encore’s red 700c wheel.
The mustard our ‘Avenue’ yellow.
• The burger Diner’s original rear 3 spoke carbon and original riser bars.
• The bun Kashima’s five gold saddle.


The deep yellow of the frame reminded me of mustard, but not just any kind of mustard - nope it's the deep yellow of Norwich's finest export Coleman's Mustard:



It's not the labeling either but the actual color of the condiment:




Naturally, the deep red of Encore's wheel speaks for itself...




Obviously the most expensive part of the burger is the actually beef patty itself, so it's fitting that the most expensive part on this 'Avenue' is Diner's original 3 Spoke



The Kashima saddle took me back to my childhood...happy meals:




To see more customs like this be sure to follow us on Instagram:



And remember our yellow 'Avenue' is available right now for just - ¥59,400:





We will keep it very simple this post and share with you some of the amazing offers our friends at Diner have going on right now.


Starting with our 'Avenue Lo' in sky blue, with only a couple in stock (all M size!), they decided to lower the price... ¥79,920→¥69,120


Leaving you with an extra ¥10,000... to put towards some custom parts right?! The sky blue A.Lo has been one of my favorite bikes to customize this year...


Remember this one? 



Diner has a wide selection of Encore wheels and original carbon parts which I think make for perfect additions to the sky blue of this A.lo... 


If two Encore wheels are to much how about one?



The other fantastic deal they have for you is the following...


Our 'City Bike' collaboration with Bal - ¥86,400→¥39,800 until 7/31まで!



That's over ¥40,000 your saving here, meaning you can take the customization to luxurious levels and splash on some fine leather parts made by the likes of Brooks England...


Whether it be their black leather offerings!



Their mustard colored leather offerings!



Or their honey-colored leather offerings!



Diner has a huge selection of Brooks products from you to choose from, which is another reason why we chose them as our head shop!




The Avenue Lo Sky Blue¥79,920→¥69,120



Bal / Cartel Bikes 'City Bike'¥86,400→¥39,800 



The summer madness...



I feel like the heat really put a lot of people off the taking part in the last ride, which is understandable since we have been having pretty record highs all last week. Jeez, I mean just yesterday the midday sun combined with the heat bouncing off the tarmac made me feel like I really was in a sauna without the pleasure of being naked (yeh man)...


The little exposure to the heat left me in bad shape (especially after a night of DJ duty being on your body's tab) for the rest of the afternoon...but thank goodness I was able to recover with time enough to fill my tires with air...


With the weather no longer being a real threat since we were due to start at 17:45...and as with every ride, I always include something that riders can look forward too.



Just like a cape buffalo ready to charge...



This time it was blazing straight through Ginza...with the Sunday evening traffic being lazy, the walking masses fatigued from the heat and the expensive lunches they enjoyed in the afternoon. Where we had to come to take advantage of those conditions and enjoy blazing straight through.



All smiles and no tears... in Ginza as planned.



Cutting the ride a bit a shorter we turned left before hitting Kyobashi where the sun began setting, giving the sky a deep blue hue, tinting the clouds while reflecting off the empty office buildings windows.



A chance for pictures and quick adjustments...



I could not have asked for better settings...thank you Universe!



And thank you to Ocean for joining in the antics and of course my home away from home Diner...



Btw make sure you keep up with the Chef's 'Apron'...





In other music news I have to leave you with the sounds of Space Ghost:




Our W.A.C.C rides will be back after a short break...


With the upcoming ride out with have this Sunday (22nd) I thought it proper to share one last custom idea, for anyone looking to push it that bit further... 



First, a nice little touch for our 'Avenue Lo' by way of these handlebars by Nitto that are capped by their original bar ends in red.



Which we matched with the one part that will help you get that bit further, of course, Encore's original 700c front wheel in red



Why can Encore's wheels take you that bit further? Well the first is the wind resistance they offer since the 5 spokes are kept within the tire and hub. Their weight and build quality mean they give you a very stable ride even at high speeds, soaking up a lot of the road's chatter, it's that stability that also allows your power to be transmitted to the wheel more effectively.


So why not try and push it further this Sunday?



Last Friday I had the pleasure of riding one last time with my oldest (foreign) friend here Japan... 



I blame myself really for all the times I "had just one job" but allowed myself to be carried away by the wind resulting in letting my homie down. Either way, though I am sure he will miss me... I mean who else is gonna this guy up at random hours of the morning seeking his dry but realistic wisdom? Who else would be willing to sacrifice not only themselves but their own flesh and blood to star in his widely misunderstood, ambitious yet somehow always absorbing films?



Let use this film about 'cycles' as an example...


This films about cycle:

Circuital from Jesse Freeman on Vimeo.


Seriously I never thought he would get THIS fed up with me? Can I use this moment to say sorry? And remind you that you will always be one of my closest friends no matter how unreliable I am? Also, you've cincerly come so far as an artist from doo-rags and MPCs to dark rooms and Sogestu halls...



However, one friend leaves then another returns (if only for a short while), I'd like to say he is coming specifically to ride with us this Sunday, however, this man is always riding... notice he is holding a bike bag which he got specifically to ride the train with his bike extending his range into the hundreds of KM range.



Big up SamehadaZ each and every time and don't forget to join us this Sunday!



One more note Fred p is town and I will be joining him at Vent...



I'll leave you with this live mix he did back in 2010 - then you make up your mind: