Whole Tokyo is currently raving about the new trick frame NJS frame builder STRATOS is putting out:
I was able to test ride the prototype over the last weekend. The 50cm seat tube was a bit small for me (made more for the average Japanese, I guess), but it handles very well and is quite light for such a sturdy build. Put the saddle up and slap some smaller tires on and it can easily be used for cruising. Let’s see if there is one in my size when it rolls into production.
Wheres the sticker? Theres one – you just have too look!
Thanks Patrick. Check out some more footage from the GOrilla-Japan trip. And if you dint got any stickers order some here along with other FGS goods!
These are my buddies I normally hang with in my neighborhood and they just released a 13min. long video with short profiles of ten of the riders, all in glorious HD. If you’re ever in Tokyo, come ride with us. There’s some of us on the west side parking lot of Yoyogi Park almost every night.
As sort of a side program to CMWC, the guys from W-Base organized a trick contest and Alleycat race at Meiji-Park last Monday. It was a huge turnout, maybe some 400 cyclist showed up. This, in turn, also drew the attention of the police and things got shutdown in mid session.
This didn’t mean things had to end, though, and most of the tricksters rode across town to Shiba Park where the fun continued until about 3am… then the police showed up there, too.
With the Cycle Messenger World Championships 2009 only days away, this week’s issue of Tokyo’s free English magazine Metropolis has a write-up of the lives of typical bike messengers from Japan’s capital: