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Small Business Saturday Sale!

In honor of Small Business Saturday, we’re extending ALL Black Friday Deals until Sunday!

Doors open @ 11 am!

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Cheers!

Questions and inquiries at: sales@iminusd.com

BROTURES: EQNX Seaside Cruisin’

Our friends over at Brotures in Japan, put together this edit of their Leader EQNX build.

Here’s a photo of when the Brotures crew stopped by our shop in September.

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For the Country

Here’s an amazing documentary, put together by some good friends of ours Ryan Lindow and Brennan Williams, of Marco and Nasty visiting from Japan for the Red Bull RiDE+Style event.

“FOR THE COUNTRY follows Teppei “Nasty” Iwabuchi and Yuhei “Marco” Hirose on their first journey from Japan to the USA.”

Help us, Help Japan

Come in and 10% of all purchases made will be donated to the Red Cross, to aid Japan’s Disaster Relief.

japan is full of geeks.

A beautiful day today!  The sky was clear, and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom.

Since I was staying in Asakusa for the evening, I thought I would pay Punch Cycle a visit in the morning.  One of our readers, U-ism, pointed out that it might be permanently closed down.  I spoke to a few people and they did say that it was still running, however I came before store opening.

I then hopped on the subway to visit the fellas over at Geek Garage at Naka-megura. 

Kenta greeted me at the door, and showed me around.  I asked him if he had heard of iMINUSD, and he gave me a perplexed look.  I reached into my iMINUSD goodie bag and pulled out some stickers and his eyes lit up.

“iMINUSD!  Yes, I check the blog everyday!” 

How cool is that?  We then performed the ancient Japanese ritual, iminusdeskeageekgaragedesu, or the exchanging of the goods.

Daich, one of the mechanics, took some time to show off a super beefy Gorilla Kilroy.  Check out those tires.

He even busted a few tricks for me, Ill post up the hilarious vids later.

Thanks guys!

I decided to then head back over to Harajuku, to visit the sister store, Dept.  It is really similar to iMD, because it has a clothing portion and also a bike section.

I met Yuda and Tama, who were both working the desk area at Geek Garage Tokyo.  We like giving things out at iMINUSD, so here is a picture of Yuda holding up an iMD hoody.

Unfortunately my communication skills broke down again, but we were still able to understand each other just enough.

Minato, aka Buffa, part of the Yoyogi Park Crew, offered to show me the sex.  Sexon that is.

I really had no idea what he was talking about, until about 25 minutes later.  During our walk, he showed me a film on his iPhone of a sick film that he and his crew made.

Then we finally got to Dreamworks.  A dream come true for any NJS Keirin fan.  The owner, Tidach (sp) was working on a bike outside.  Just check out the goods.

Not even a block away from Dreamworks was Sexon Super Peace.  Another beautiful NJS boutique owned by Shinichiro.

Gorgeous NJS frames were displayed hanging from the ceiling.  I felt bad because I had run out of iMINUSD goodies to share.  Awesome store Shinichiro.

Minato “Buffa” told me that they will probably meet tomorrow evening at around 10pm.  Im hoping that I can make it out to their session.  Thanks for taking the time to show me around! 

All of the bikers and shop workers have been really gracious and patient in taking the time to show me around.  If you guys ever visit iMINUSD in California, we will return the favor no doubt!

Arigato gozhaimus!

fixed throughout japan.

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.

iminusd international

In case you didn’t already know, iMINUSD is a global brand.  We’re heading overseas to get a firsthand look at what’s cooking on the other side of the planet.

Destination: Japan.

iMD is hitting the streets of Tokyo, which arguably has one of the best fixed gear scenes in the world.  Many of the tricks, styles, bikes and so on have either come from our East Asian counterparts or have been influenced by them.

I’ll update on my findings while I am over there.  I was going to bring my laptop, but somebody informed me that they do in fact have computers over there as well.

-ah

Starfuckers Bored iMiNUSD

Yu Yamamoto from Loop Magazine, came by with a set of the new Starfuckers Bored hubs to get laced to some iD42’s. We will report back once this wheelset is done. There is already a set of these hubs laced to some black iD42’s running around the streets of SJ.



Starfuckers Bored iMiNUSD, originally uploaded by markcos1o.