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    Bike shops in Japan

    Friend of mine just moved to Japan and is looking for decent bike shops to get a comuter bike. Anybody know of any?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindykid
    Friend of mine just moved to Japan and is looking for decent bike shops to get a comuter bike. Anybody know of any?
    I found an online store the other day http://www.cb-asahi.co.jp/ try this or else just check around the local train stations for abandoned bicycles, there are millions of them strewn around train stations in Japan, literally. As a last resort maybe try a couple local mama chairinko shops, they might have something.

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    Sweet thanks! I will send the info along. Hopfully this will work.

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    Absolutely have a store I can recommend:
    http://store.yahoo.co.jp/cycle-life/

    They'll deliver the assembled bike (with any extra's/custom parts already installed) anywhere in Japan for Y1,000 (Free if your order is over Y50,000). The also have some of the best prices in Japan. The only problem is he'll need someone that can speak/write Japanese to place the order...

    (As a follow up, once he knows what bike he wants, he can search for the model name on shopping.yahoo.co.jp to get an idea of what different stores are charging for it.

    If he just wants something reasonable for getting around, I suggest he check out http://classifieds.japantoday.com/, I believe it's the largest English classifieds in Japan, and there's about a half dozen bikes people are selling pretty cheap every week. The free listings last only one week both in print and on the web and new issues (and the same ads online) come out on Friday.)
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    Damn Peter that rocks. Between the last two post I think he will find something. Thanks so much guys! I love our comunity...woohoo!

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    Thanks, glad my post was helpful. (went through the same experience when I bought my first bike earlier this year)

    I ordered a 2006 XtC 840 that's being delivered this week, so I am now selling my 2005 Rock 5000. It's a 530mm frame, so unless your friend is in the greater Tokyo area and 6'0" or taller, he's probably not interested, but I thought I'd mention it just in case he is.
    (The ad will be in the Metropolis classified next Friday)

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    I am pretty sure he would take you up on that offer but he is 6'3". It is going to be pretty funny to see him on a bike in Japan!

    Again thanks so much...he thanks you as well.

    Stephan

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindykid
    I am pretty sure he would take you up on that offer but he is 6'3". It is going to be pretty funny to see him on a bike in Japan!

    Again thanks so much...he thanks you as well.

    Stephan
    Stephan,

    It sounds like it might be a good fit for him. The bike is one of the few 530mm frames (6'0"-6'6" rider) that are sold here.

    I've sent you a private message with my contact details, but if he's interested in knowing about the bike, here are the specs:

    Frame: GIANT ALUXX 6061-T6 Aluminum Oversized Tubing
    Front Fork: SR SUNTOUR XC60 75mm stroke
    BB Set: TH 7420ST-E 113-68mm
    Gear Crank: TRUVATIV X-FLOW 22/32/42T 170mm
    Chain: SHIMANO CN-IG51
    Pedal: WELLGO LU-205 BMX Type
    Head Set: TH 888 1-1/8
    Handle Bars: ARICLE YCA124 R30mm-580mm Upper Bar Aluminum
    Handle Stem: HL TDS-C 340-8 25.4mm-15D-90mm(36,43) 105mm(48,52)
    Brake Set: TEKTRO TB07AL V Brake & パワーコント*ール付
    Brake Lever: SHIMANO ST-EF29
    Front Hub: FORMULA CO31 36H 100mm Quick Release
    Rear Hub: FORMULA GCO32 36H 135mm Quick Release
    Rim: AMIGO CH03 26X1.5 36H Spoke
    Spokes: 14 gauge stainless steel
    Tires: CST MTB ALLPURPUS C1417 26x2.1
    Front Derailleur: SHIMANO ACERA FD-M330E 34.9 Top Pull
    Rear Derailleur: SHIMANO ACERA RD-M340 8S
    Shift Lever: SHIMANO ST-EF29 8S
    Free Wheel (?) [フリーホイール]: SHIMANO CS-HG50 8S 11-30T
    Saddle: GIANT MTB-DXサドル ケブラーサイド
    Seat Post: KALLOY SP359 30.8X300mm Black
    Seat Pin: Aluminum 34.9 Quick Release

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    The reason there are no high end bikes in my size!

    I just bought a XtC 840, which was the best spec'ed XtC in my frame size. Surprisingly, the XtC 850 (same frame, better components) was not offered in my frame size. I just received the following reply from one of Giant Japan's employees after asking why:

    Quote Originally Posted by Giant Japan
    Dear Mr.Eric

    Thank you for your mail.

    Regarding the your question of frame size issue for high-end models of
    our line up.
    Honesty saying, that sales qty of high-end models are pretty small. And
    almost of Japanese people tall are under 180cm.
    So especially for high-end models, it is very small qty which we can
    sale. Even if 480mm.
    So currently, we can't handle these large size for high-end models.

    I say very sorry to you for this point.
    So, not only is it true that mountain biking woefully underrepresented in a country where the majority of land is considered uninhabitable because of mountains, but the high-end bikes aren't even sold in larger frame sizes at all! (Giant is one of the few bike companies in Japan that you can actually has a decent number of their comfort and entry-level mountain bikes.)

    So while this doesn't really impact lindykid's friend, I thought it was worth posting under the "Bike shops in Japan" thread.

    (How I ironic that a country filled with bicycles [mama-cherries] and mountains has such woeful mountain bike availability... )

    Also, this is not an attack on Giant, as they are one of the few manufacturers offering anything in my size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteer01
    It's a 530mm frame, so unless your friend is in the greater Tokyo area and 6'0" or taller, he's probably not interested, but I thought I'd mention it just in case he is.
    (The ad will be in the Metropolis classified next Friday)
    I am said friend.

    ****, I just placed an order for a 480mm frame Giant (Rock 4500, about 30,000 yen) as they told me that was the biggest available. I am 6'4" so I bet 530mm would be better. How did you get it? I dont know jack about bikes so I am way over my head here.

    I live in Ojima (Koto-ku) which is probably far from you.
    I may be able to cancel my order (as I just placed it today), but I am not sure how I could get the bike from you.

    Do you think 480mm would be ok? I am not a serious rider and the bike would be used for casual use and really not any serious offroading.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CheapyD
    I am said friend.

    ****, I just placed an order for a 480mm frame Giant (Rock 4500, about 30,000 yen) as they told me that was the biggest available. I am 6'4" so I bet 530mm would be better. How did you get it? I dont know jack about bikes so I am way over my head here.

    Do you think 480mm would be ok? I am not a serious rider and the bike would be used for casual use and really not any serious offroading.
    Being 6'4", getting a 530mm frame would probably be a much better fit for you. Unfortunately, they don't sell the 4500 in a 530mm size, 480 is the largest size they make for that model. That said, it will fit you far better than anything you can find in stock at 99% of the bike stores in Japan. I would suggest upgrading to the Rock 5000, since it comes in your size...but I know that might put you outside of your budget.

    I did my own Y30,000 search earlier this year on the 2005 models, and the Rock 5000 was the best solution for my budget and height at that time. (It was a little out of my (wife's) planned budget...but I decided to go with the 530mm rather than risk buying a bike that didn't really fit me. If you're not too fiscally constrained, that would be my personal recommendation.)

    Quote Originally Posted by CheapyD
    I live in Ojima (Koto-ku) which is probably far from you.
    I may be able to cancel my order (as I just placed it today), but I am not sure how I could get the bike from you.
    As far as getting the bike from me, I'm guessing the Ojima you live in is 東京都 江東区 大島, so you're really not too far...My wife and I use bike bags to bring our bikes from here to Makuhari Messe. However, getting it home would mean a willingness to bring the bike onto the train to get it home.

    Whatever you decide to do, you should be fine. The 480mm Rock 4500 will certainly work as well or better than anything you would have found in Tokyu Hands or other store, especially for that price.

    In any case, there's a 95% chance my wife and I will be heading to the Makuhari MTB trial next Sunday. It could be a fun place to try something a little different with your new bike. Here are some links if you're interested: (Map on the first link)

    http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~fz6t-sby...hari_bike.html
    http://www.pref.chiba.jp/syozoku/j_k...setu.html#bike
    http://coco.cococica.com/hp54/index....16&page_no=301

    It's nothing much, but it should pretty empty at this time of year, and it is something fun and different to do. If you are interested in heading out there, let me know.

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    Actually, it was the Rock 4500 SE that I ordered.
    I think I will likely stick with it as my wife will likely die of embarassment if she has to cancel for me.
    The store is supposed to call her tomorrow and let us know if they were able to get the bike in a timely fashion. If not, than I will likely go for yours (if its still available).

    Next Sunday we are out of town (Osaka), but thanks for the offer.
    Do you know the Arakawa Bike Path? Its right by our apartment and seems pretty cool if you just want a leisurely ride.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CheapyD
    Actually, it was the Rock 4500 SE that I ordered.
    I think I will likely stick with it as my wife will likely die of embarassment if she has to cancel for me.
    The store is supposed to call her tomorrow and let us know if they were able to get the bike in a timely fashion. If not, than I will likely go for yours (if its still available).

    Next Sunday we are out of town (Osaka), but thanks for the offer.
    Do you know the Arakawa Bike Path? Its right by our apartment and seems pretty cool if you just want a leisurely ride.

    Thanks!
    My friend also just picked up the Rock 4500 SE in Cobalt. (He was insistant he not have GIANT on his bike in large white letters...)

    As for leisurely rides, there are a lot to be found...but if you actually stumble upon a fun trail, let me know! The best place I've found to ride so far is Mitsuike Park.
    (三ッ*公園 - http://www.mitsuike.com/)

    In the woods in the southwest corner, there're relatively unused paths that people seem to use for picking mushrooms, for kids to catch bugs and for a nature walk. Those are great to ride on!

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    Yeah, I guess it could be kind of awkward for a giant white guy to have GIANT in big letters on his bike. Mrs. CheapyD was not a fan either.

    Anyway, my order went through and they had the 4500SE in stock in my color of choice:



    Thanks for all your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CheapyD
    Yeah, I guess it could be kind of awkward for a giant white guy to have GIANT in big letters on his bike.
    What are you trying to say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CheapyD
    I live in Ojima (Koto-ku) which is probably far from you.
    I may be able to cancel my order (as I just placed it today), but I am not sure how I could get the bike from you.

    Do you think 480mm would be ok? I am not a serious rider and the bike would be used for casual use and really not any serious offroading.
    Hi CheapyD,

    I am living quite close to you, in Nishi-ojima. I have been using the Rock 5200 since more than a year, I'm quite happy with it. Being 6'3" myself I have opted for the 530mm frame. Well, I shamefully admit that I have installed a basket, (ab)using it as "shopping bike". I am using a beefed-up cross bike to commute in Tokyo. I noticed that you have already placed your order, but I know a few decent bike shops in the Koto-ku area in case you need assistance.

    Btw, if anyone's interested in a cycling tour in or around Tokyo, please let me know.
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    Just playin' peteer01, your bike looks sweet.


    Quote Originally Posted by tokyocycler
    Hi CheapyD,

    I am living quite close to you, in Nishi-ojima. I have been using the Rock 5200 since more than a year, I'm quite happy with it. Being 6'3" myself I have opted for the 530mm frame. Well, I shamefully admit that I have installed a basket, (ab)using it as "shopping bike". I am using a beefed-up cross bike to commute in Tokyo. I noticed that you have already placed your order, but I know a few decent bike shops in the Koto-ku area in case you need assistance.

    Btw, if anyone's interested in a cycling tour in or around Tokyo, please let me know.
    Yes, you are very close to me!
    I did get the bike and the 480mm frame seems fine for me.
    I would prefer to raise the handlebars a bit but I don't think its possible. Anyone know for sure one way or another?

    I am definitely interested in a riding tour, but I am in such lousy shape, I would pass out from exhaustion in about 5 minutes. I need to work on that!

    Oh, and tokyocycler, I didn't go the basket route...bought a backpack instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CheapyD
    Yes, you are very close to me!
    I did get the bike and the 480mm frame seems fine for me.
    I would prefer to raise the handlebars a bit but I don't think its possible. Anyone know for sure one way or another?

    I am definitely interested in a riding tour, but I am in such lousy shape, I would pass out from exhaustion in about 5 minutes. I need to work on that!

    Oh, and tokyocycler, I didn't go the basket route...bought a backpack instead.
    Hi CheapyD,

    sorry for the late reply. Have you found a solution for the handlebars? I am also looking for ways to spicing up my Rock (well, I have started by removing that odd basket).

    If you are interested in tours please contact me through the website mentioned in my profile.

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    hey, just saw the title of the thread....

    www.guava-jelly.jp pretty cool
    Schralp it Heavy.

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    Registration for the bikes

    Hello ,

    Maybe it's not right place to ask a question , but still...

    I just got used MTB in my University . The bike is left by one colleague who is not in tokyo anymore. I managed to register it in Faculty's administration office. I got some blue sticker but i am interested if the little yellow is necessary.

    Thanks
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