Cycle Japan

Trends Trends & Culture - August 22nd, 2009

by Melissa Forester

With an increasing number of people cycling to and from work in Tokyo, some say that road bikes are the best big thing. This model by Gary Fisher, with its steel frame and racing wheels, is lightweight and the perfect mid-range bike for a rider of any level. Top cycling stores across Japan, ¥240,000.

US-based maker Electra has gained quite a following for their retro-styled bikes, the perfect way to look good while pedalling through the streets of Tokyo. A wide variety of models, colors, and paint finishes are available, and some even include quirky details like tassels on the handlebars. This three-speed model has a lightweight aluminum frame, coaster brakes, and comes in a funky red and white color combo. Those looking for some quality ‘for two’ time will also want to check out the tandem models. Tokyo Electra Linda Linda (www.corazon.ne.jp), ¥96,600.

Electra retro-styled bike

When regular cotton sport socks just won’t do, opt for these high-tech contoured cycling socks to keep your feet cool and comfortable during longer rides. Adaptive ribbing technology guarantees maximum comfort and performance, making them popular with professionals and enthusiasts throughout the world. Top cycling stores across Japan, ¥2,700.

Cotton sport socks

Too cool for a shopping bike but need a place to store your rain gear or bike tools? Try this handy triangle bag from Japanese outdoor company MontBell. Made of durable yet lightweight nylon and available in three sizes and colors, there is a bag to fit nearly any sports bicycle, and they won’t hamper your ability to ride. MontBell stores across Japan (en.montbell.jp), ¥1,900–¥2,200.

Handy triangle bag from MontBell

For the more serious cyclist, De Marchi makes some of the best and most comfortable bike wear, such as this contour EVO jersey. The zip-up top has three dimensional engineering for excellent mobility, and elastic fabric inserts ensure breathability. The jersey also has a laser cut, thermo welded frame of non-elastic fabric for optimum riding comfort. Made in Italy of Italian materials. Top cycling stores across Japan, ¥29,800

De Marchi bike wear

Started in 1989, Pedro’s is known for its environmentally friendly bike cleaners, degreasers, and lubricants, many of which are biodegradable and do not use harsh chemicals. In the decade since its founding, Pedro’s has grown to become one of the global leaders in bicycle care, with over 100 products sold in 34 countries. The Total Bike Care Kit includes four of Pedro’s signature products: Orange Peelz (a degreaser), Green Fizz (a foaming all-purpose bike wash), Chainj (one of the industry’s leading chain lubes), and Bike Lust (to polish and remove scratches from bike frames). Top cycling stores across Japan, ¥4,179.

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