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Yamaguchi Bike Shop post for cydswipe(17 posts)

Yamaguchi Bike Shop post for cydswipeGeoCyclist
Nov 11, 2003 5:02 PM
I took a few pic's of my lbs yesterday. These pic's should answer a few of cydswipe's questions about equipment availability. In response to your question about Japanese interest in pro cycling, there isn't much. The big sports in Japan are Sumo, Baseball, and Golf.
Yamaguchi Bike Shop post for cydswipeGeoCyclist
Nov 11, 2003 5:07 PM
The name of the bike shop is Cycle Sport, and the owner is Ueki san. The shop is in Otaka, that is located about 35 km south of Hirosima one block off the main highway (route 2). Great shop and great service!!! A whole lot of inventory in a very small space!
Yamaguchi Bike Shop post for cydswipeGeoCyclist
Nov 11, 2003 5:10 PM
Just starting to get the 2004 equipment in.
Yamaguchi Bike Shop post for cydswipeGeoCyclist
Nov 11, 2003 5:17 PM
It's not about brand name loyalty!
Yamaguchi Bike Shop post for cydswipeGeoCyclist
Nov 11, 2003 5:20 PM
Would you like to go for a test ride?
Awesome post, Thanks!cydswipe
Nov 11, 2003 6:01 PM
Man, you are not joking about space in that joint! So, basicaly every brand available to the average consumer. I noticed no really expensive Colnago etc. About like a shop in the States. So, does every city have good cycling lanes, or does it vary like in the U.S.? Thanks again for the post!
Cycling lanes! Not!GeoCyclist
Nov 12, 2003 8:54 PM
Cycling lanes are few and far between, as most of the bicycle traffic is on the sidewalks and foot paths. There are wide foot path / bike lanes along side some roadways; however, these are more dangerous to cycle in then the road. I've never tried to cycle in one of the large cities (Tokyo / Osaka / Hiroshima), but the majority of the cycling traffic appears to ride on the sidewalks.
Being vertically challenged, I should shop there..Dave Hickey
Nov 11, 2003 6:05 PM
It looks like 90% of the bikes in that shop fit me:-)
Being vertically challenged, I should shop there..GeoCyclist
Nov 12, 2003 9:17 PM
Short bike frames are the norm; although, you can get larger frames made or imported. Ueki had a 63 cm Panasonic frame made for one of my riding buddies. It only took 2 weeks to get the bike made. The Panasonic rep did say that 63 cm was the largest fame they can make without going custom order.
Brings back fond memories! I really hate to tell you this, butBowWow
Nov 11, 2003 6:15 PM
the sign on the front of the store says "Ueki Cycle," not "Cycle Sports." They sure pack a ton of stuff in tiny spaces, don't they! I'll bet Ueki-san and his family live upstairs, too. Ahhh, I can almost smell the curry wafting down from the kitchen! Thanks for all your posts - keep 'em coming!
But. . .Dropped
Nov 12, 2003 8:39 AM
But it does say "Sports and City Cycle" above that.
Brings back fond memories!tmguy
Nov 12, 2003 8:55 AM
Keep on posting pics of Japan. I, too am loving the trip down memory lane!
Brings back fond memories! I really hate to tell you this, butGeoCyclist
Nov 12, 2003 9:15 PM
Yes, you are right that I gave you the incorrect shop name. The shop name is "Sports & City Cycle" or "Sport Cycle Shop Ueki"; at least that's what is printed on Ueki's buisness card. As I mentioned on an earlier post, I dont' read or speak the language.
re: Yamaguchi Bike Shop post for cydswipeFattrax
Nov 11, 2003 8:38 PM
Hey Geo,
I'm in Nara Prefecture. There are a couple of us gaijin here that get together occasionally for rides. Care to join?
Nara cycling!GeoCyclist
Nov 12, 2003 9:08 PM
Fattrax,

I'd be interested in cycling with your group. Do you ride on the weekends or weekdays? It would be interesting to travel up to Nara with the bike for a ride. Have you ever travelled on the Shinkansen with your bike? If I can't bring my bike on the Shinkansen, I guess I could drive up; however, it would probably be more expensive than the train.

I'll be up in Tokyo all next week, but my schedule is clear after the 23rd November.
Nara cycling!Fattrax
Nov 13, 2003 1:59 AM
I believe you can bring your bike on the train (at least on Kintetsu) if it is in a case or bag. Although I have not tried it myself, I have seen it done. The Shinkansen does not go to Nara. The closest stop is Kyoto. From there its about a 45 to 1 hour ride on Kintetsu or JR to Nara-shi. One of the guys lives in Nara-shi, so we usually take off from there. I live closer to Kashihara, about 20 minutes further south by train. A bit closer to the big mountains. We usually ride on Saturday morning. BTW what brings you to Nihon?
But where are the Fujis??Sintesi
Nov 13, 2003 5:17 PM
I like your posts. Always been interested in that part of the world.