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The first time I went to Osaka and looked up the touristy places to visit, this Bicycle Museum was no where on the list. It was only after I came back and searched for a Bicycle Museum in Japan did I get what I was looking for. It seems its more of a local hidden away gem that not many people know about. Much like the Museum of Mint Toys in Singapore. Tucked away in a corner, but with a surprising collection!

 

An actual model of one of the first bicycles ever made.

One of the first, proper kids bicycles complete with training wheels! Really looks modeled after those famous Flying Pigeons

First Mountain bike in the world? Looks pretty advanced to me!


Would you please look at that mad huge front gear? How the heck?!?!

Close up… Apparently this bike made the world record and reached a top speed of 154 km/h. Imagine the wind resistance!

Do you still call this a tandem? longest I have seen in real life!

The exhibits were pretty nicely done up! Explains the hefty entry fee… but hey I’m sort of a bike nut.

The guy that started this Museum, and most of the bikes are his!

After an epic bike ride, your bike belongs in a Museum!

55K Km… Really gives yourself a radical stimulus to do the same.The basement of the museum is basically the rest of the collection, equally amazing bikes, but the building is small and they ran out of space! I would have loved to take a closer look of some of the bikes in there!

Does anyone want to view the rest of the photos I took? Uploading will take some time… haha… Less rain in SG so I can ride more please! Cheers!

As a follow up to “Japan : Fixed gear crazy?” Well, let the pictures do the talking.

Sorry for the blur, walking a taking pictures in a crowed street avoids traffic build up. hahah excuses!

Damn, is that a chrome/silver seat?

More on Chrome! So shiny! I mistaken the top tube as the railing at first glance!

Probably the best lock-up I have seen in the whole of Japan. Front wheel and frame locked using a bike-locking kiosk and the rear amour-ed cable lock through the rear triangle, frame and chain. A (A stronger U-lock or beefy chain will get the lock-up a distinction)

What a rare gem! Locked at Shibuya. Looks so sleek!

Somehow I find this familiar, maybe I saw it on FGGT… what looks like 26″ MTB fixed, horizontal dropout frame and front only discibrakes.

I’m lovin’ the front balloon tire as well!

And stumbled onto a fixed gear gathering, outside a tiny weeny bike shop. Love the hip B/W big picture above the shop. Lucky find!

(Picture, taken at Tokyo, Ginza edited with focal B&w, almost definitely ridden by a couple in love <3)

It often spurs me on to do my commutes when I hear how others have it much harder, how they cope, their tips and tricks, and basically everything they say since most of it can be related to my own experiences. One of the best places to hear from others are forums, such as SMBF!

But I’m going to post a link from Togoparts.com today since I seldom go there. Reading the thread was refreshing! Here

What you are look at is a basket. Not your typical market bike metal wire basket… But a hand woven, hand engraved leather pouch that engulfs the frame to become a designer carrier for your groceries. I didn’t bother to check the price, since I wouldn’t be a able to afford such luxuries!

I was at the home of Otaku, Akihabara.

Home of Japanese Figurines and comics. Who would have thought to find bicycle models as well! Most probably going off again, so no posts.

I have heard many stories about sturdy racks being on full suspension bikes being impossible.

Is this a possible answer? It looks like a scooter really, but how efficient will it be?

It does look pretty comfy though… Seen something similar? Mail me!

Probably to keep the wild animals away from thrash, after all I have seen many discarded bikes around already. As usual work is keeping me busy, but I would like to thank sister site bikecommutinginsg.blogspot.com for linking me! Views on my blog have increased! Woot. I will work harder 🙂

 

Last week end I went on this “Sakura viewing ride”, it was probably the best time to ride as the Sakuras were in full bloom and every was out having “Sakura viewing parties” aka O-Hanami.I will let the pictures do the talking…

Gambette Japan! Hope the Sakuras help lighten the mood in spite of the earthquakes… Disaster after disaster…

Visited a LBS called Hillclimb , courtesy of a nice manager. he said this bike is difficult to ride…. I wonder why!

 

First it was this tree, suddenly white, striking in the background of bare branches and anything but green.

Than suddenly, from what I though were overgrown shrubs, an insane amount of tiny flowers erupted open. Spring has come! For a Singaporean, I could thought I would never experience the transition from Winter to Spring, oh boy does it feel magical!

Saving the best, right up till the last. Once Spring comes, the Sakuras start flowering, this apparently is just the beginning. More pink trees await!

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