From Japan (Part 18): Kanuma

i found a few more pix from my Japan trip

kanuma%20startline.jpg This is the commemorative stone marking the finish line for the 1990 UCI World Championships in Kanuma, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. Maiko’s dad made sure we stopped here on the way from the train station to the hotel. Maiko’s family really went out of their way to entertain us.

Castelli Wicked Bibs

castelli%20wicked%20bibshort.jpgSome people love shopping for clothes. Me? I hate it. Usually I have to buy clothes because I wore holes in something very comfortable but no longer available. Thus I gotta buy something that is often less comfortable and more expensive then what I had before. So when I had to admit that one batch of riding shorts was dead and that the replacements weren’t getting any less ill-fitting, I gave in and ordered up some new bibs from my old time favorite, Castelli.

From Japan (Part 17):  Mission to Nikko! It’s combat!

Yes, yes, I know that I’ve been back from Japan for two months, but I had one more story to post.

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So after taking the train back to Tokyo from Matsumoto, homeboy and I dropped off most of our stuff at the embassy and jumped another train to Nikko. Done with bike touring, we could do some sightseeing and then fit some rides in between.

Nikko is a small town due north of Tokyo best known as the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate that united feudal Japan for 250 years of peace and isolation from the outside world. The temples and shrines under ancient trees are the mystical heart of Japan, nestled in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture. Yet despite Nikko’s emerald tranquility and ancient refinement, I would soon be engaged in a highspeed dogfight above the shogun’s tomb.

The Real News

Well folks - our tiny little sport is now “mainstream”. No, this isn’t in reference o the articles in the New York Times. We are now getting front-page coverage in theonion.. The best part is the focus is on the “clean” cyclists!

Cannondale’s Folding Bike

Cyclelicious tipped us to a prototype Cannondale Folding Bike, which looks remarkably like Pong’s Magic Motorcycle Prototype from way back.

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