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    Tokyo Riders! Unite!

    I have been in Tokyo for a few years, and have my japanese driving license, but have no car.

    As you know, owning a car in Tokyo is expensive and I have no need for one (other than going riding).

    If anyone out here is going on day trips, or weekend trips (Fujimi, or any area nearby). Then lets try to get together and split the transport costs. I can rent a MPV if no one has anything.

    So, if you live in the Tokyo area post up here!
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    Not sure where you are, but there is a pretty big group of us that ride on the west side....specifically in Ome. If you want to roll with us this Sunday, give me a shout and I can let you know where to come out to meet us. You said you didn't have a car? Can you come in by train?

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    Cool, PM'd
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    Would love to see riding pics.

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    I am just south in Yokosuka. A number of great trails locally, but always looking for an opportunity to ride new trails. If you can make it south, I would be happy to show you around.

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    Hey I'll be staying in Tokyo (Minato ku area, unfortunately) between 6/23 ~ 7/2 on business. Is there any rental shop around, and nice trails around? Am from Kawasaki but live in colorado for hte last 15 years. I'd like to know where you metropolitan boys ride.

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    Hatake, I live out in the in the westen part of the prefecture and ride in the Ome, Itsukaichi, and Okutama areas. We are also in the height of the downhill season at fujimi Panarama resort in southeastern Nagano prefecture. A bit ironic, but my favorite ride is in Hatakenaka, Ome-shi. Send me a PM and we can see if we can work out a ride while you are here.

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    Greetings,

    hi, am from Ome, is there any rider i can join with? i always ride on my own. if there's anyone, pm me pls. thanks

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    Hi all

    Il be in Fujimi this sunday( 6th of June). Im in Shizuoka and usually use route 52

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    Are you guys riding in Oume most weekends?

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    We need pictures! I was stationed in Yokosuka in the early 90's and did some riding there up to Kamakura. Just love it!

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    Here's a pic from last weekends ride.
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    I need to get up there. Where did you take that photo? I am hoping to have my bike together by the end of next week.

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    The photo was taken from atop Takanosu. I didn't take the photo but was on the ride. This is a fun ride once you get to the top. We parked our cars about 3/4's of the way up and then had to walk most of the way in. It took about 2 hours of hike a bike to get there.

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    Well, my bike is pretty much done and I will be riding soon. If anyone wants to meet up and ride. I am in Tokyo but would love to get some riding done. I haven't been offroad for 10 years or so, I will be taking it easy at first. If anyone hooks up and ride.

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    What type of bike did you build? I'm always riding, I will drop you a PM and give you some details. Heck I just got back from a 6 hour ride. Rode to the Mitake Tozan railway and took the cable car to Mt Mitake. We then rode the ridge line to what we refer to as Hinode peak took another ridge line which eventually took us back to the road. We then climbed back in to another trail for another decent back to the road. My friend went his way and I climbed back in for another quick trail ride. It was a perfect day with great weather.

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    I am building up an old Kona Cowan (05). I plan on riding more XC and trials nothing heavy or serious. I bought so Avid Exilir Rs and hope pro 2s on tweet tweet rims (中古) . I will be getting new forks next month. I think Fox and then a new frame. I am thinking about a SC chameleon. I should have it already in about 2-3 weeks and ready to ride.

    Do you know any good shops in Tokyo? I have been sticking to importing and yahoo auctions.

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    Here's links to a couple of shops in the Tokyo area that cater to the high end crowd.

    http://www.guava-jelly.jp/main/index.php

    http://www.fuma-shinjuku.com/

    I would describe the type of riding I do as trail riding. Some of the descents are a bit challenging but can be ridden on a hard tail without problems.

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    Is it cool if I drop you a PM when I am sorted and we can hit some trails?

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    No problem sending a PM.

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    kmorast...
    can you post more pics? I would like to see more! It looks very nice!

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    Here's a few photos I've taken over the last year.
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    More photos
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    I've always thought this photo was funny. I can't read Japanese but I would imagine it says something about being careful around people walking.
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    My two favorites are Y's Road in Shinjuku (they have the most high-end mtb stuff) http://ysroad-maniac.com/

    and AST Bikes in Narimasu (outside of Ikebekuro) http://www.astbikes.com/
    AST also has a great selection of BMX stuff.



    Quote Originally Posted by kmorast
    Here's links to a couple of shops in the Tokyo area that cater to the high end crowd.

    http://www.guava-jelly.jp/main/index.php

    http://www.fuma-shinjuku.com/

    I would describe the type of riding I do as trail riding. Some of the descents are a bit challenging but can be ridden on a hard tail without problems.
    May the air be filled with tires!

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    Looks like I will be taking a trip to AST bikes tomorrow. Thanks for the link.

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    Come on Kelly, why did you photoshop that picture of me pushing a bike up a hill? That can't be me...I thought I always cleaned the steepest of climbs!

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    The only time I can get a photo of you is when your walking, any other time and your going to fast for me to get the photo.

    Hopefully the rain goes away so we can hit the trails this weekend.

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    Aloha, boys--finally made it up here from Fukuoka and have gotten settled in, living in Miyamae-ku, Kawasaki-shi, about 6km from the Tamagawa, and haven't hit the dirt in four months--any rides coming up on the weekends? I've got a roadster with a rack so I can meet up wherevers.

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    I am actually looking for a ride this weekend too. I am thinking about hitting Nikko as the trails there look amazing. Pretty far from Kawasaki.

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    I was hiking there in the moors just this past weekend:

    http://www.fradale.net/La_Dolce_Vita...ges/Nikko.html

    *edit* My Saturdays in Nov are, sadly, crowded with work, but Sundays are free. From Dec on my Saturdays are fine too.
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    I'm always up for a ride. If you would like to hit some trails over in the Hinode area let me know. Once I know how many want to ride and what day you would like to ride I will plan a trip. There's a bunch of fun trails out here just waiting to be ridden.

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    Mahalo plenty to mattf and kmorast for the intro to the area--we rode for about six hours, linking three or so trails together. Lots of elevation gained and lost; kmorast's a machine on the uphills, roots and all, and mattf's no slouch, either! I had a blast on the descents, and can't wait to head back, though I think my legs are gonna give me hell tomorrow.

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    I too have had the pleasure of watching Kmorast get small smaller to late find him waiting for me.

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    We plan to ride Sengen Ridge this coming Sunday. It is mostly downhill. We will shuttle to the top of the ride ridge line for about an hour descent down the mountain. This is one of the fun rides that doesn't require any climbing

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    For those that went on the Sengen Ridge ride, what did you think?

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    It was one of the best rides I have ever had and loved (even though the beginning sucked for me. I had no time to stop and drink at all). The down was great! I am paying for it right now! Thanks for taking a slow guy along!

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    I found out why I was so beat on the ascents--I was fighting a wicked stomach bug that really hit after I got home--I couldn't for the life of me figure out the fatigue during the ride. It's hard for me to judge the trail well because I felt like hammered dog poo while riding but it certainly had some great sections. I definitely want to hit it again in better health. One thing--I think a gravity dropper with remote would be a good call.

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    Hey,
    Would like to meet up with some of you Tokyo based riders - I've been spending too much time on the skinny tyres this year.

    Finally made it out to Ome last Suday for the first time since early summer and had a great ride there. Trails in good condition!

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    alanw, if your interested in some better trails than Ome drop me a PM. Me and a few friends go out every weekend and are more than willing to bring riders with us. We ride some pretty good trails that I think you will enjoy.

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    kmorast,
    Cheers. It's so hard to find decent trails....will send you a pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA_MTBR
    I am just south in Yokosuka. A number of great trails locally, but always looking for an opportunity to ride new trails. If you can make it south, I would be happy to show you around.
    I just got station in yokosuka, and needs some help finding some trails around here!!! i have been exploring some on the internet, and found some by zushi but i still feel lost!!! my email is abestivers@yahoo.com
    hope to hear from you
    thanks,
    ABE Stivers, Tyler
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    To Ome from Tokyo by car

    I'm in Tokyo Minato-ku, and it seems from reading this thread that Ome is a good option to reach by car. Would really appreciate if anyone could send me a link or a google maps search term that I could use to find specifically where to park and begin a ride. I'm into single track, anything cross-country. Hope to see folks out there. Thanks.

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    Tyler, did you end up getting to know the trails around Zushi yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABEStivers
    I just got station in yokosuka, and needs some help finding some trails around here!!! i have been exploring some on the internet, and found some by zushi but i still feel lost!!! my email is abestivers@yahoo.com
    hope to hear from you
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    Tyler, did you end up getting to know the trails around Zushi yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobInVA
    I'm in Tokyo Minato-ku, and it seems from reading this thread that Ome is a good option to reach by car. Would really appreciate if anyone could send me a link or a google maps search term that I could use to find specifically where to park and begin a ride. I'm into single track, anything cross-country. Hope to see folks out there. Thanks.
    PM sent.
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    Be warned, Alan, kmorast is an absolute monster on the ascents! Good group of guys, for sure. I missed out on Sunday's ride but hope to go next week.

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    Paul, when will you be ready for another Hinode ride? If it doesn't rain to much we will be hitting Hinode Sunday. If it rains we plan on riding Baigo then heading to the post office box. This is a similar ride to the one Matt and you went on when you rode your Ti bike.

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    Here is a video I took of one of our local trails near Fussa Japan.

    http://youtu.be/4qzS7hdXl5c

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    Hey Kelly,

    That video is set to private not public. I need to get out with you guys again. I have been working every weekend nearly. I feel like a tarmac monkey.

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