It stopped raining yesterday, after raining for the first two days that I was here. I’m already starting to see a lot more riders out (fixed and otherwise).
When it comes to fixed gear bikes in Japan, Tokyo gets all the attention; and rightfully so. Tokyo is probably the first city that comes to mind when talking about fixed gears and Japan.
I took the shinkansen (bullet train) 3 hours west of Tokyo to Kyoto.
The shops are open pretty late, so I wandered around downtown Kyoto. Walking around late at night in the U.S can be dangerous at times, especially in dark alleyways.
In Japan, it is quite the opposite; you can find some amazing shops and restaurants off the main streets in areas that “look” sketchy (but are completely safe).
That’s how I came across Chickennot, a small fixed gear boutique not unlike iMINUSD. I probably wouldn’t even have seen it if not for the custom Chickennot painted bike out front.
The shop carried a bunch of random fixed gear parts and accessories. And again, my poor communication skills prohibited me from having much of a conversation with the proprietor.
It makes me sad that I didn’t go to a mall kiosk back home to legally purchase a copy of Rosetta Stone.
Just outside Himiji Castle was a small bike shop, which looked really promising, but was closed.
The next few days should be pretty interesting, especially now that the rain is gone.