|Not sure how many of these they will sell ... but amusing, |
and gets rid of the captain/stoker discrimination.
2. Sano Magic - Wood Bicycle. I was happy to get a chance to see/touch these and chat with Mr. Sano, since I hear of him regularly since I got the Renovo.
His bikes are a very different concept than Renovo. Solid wood (but surprisingly light -- I think a light type of wood). And not just the frame is wood (and no metal inserts like Renovo -- he is a purist). The saddle and seatpost, and the bars and fork, and even the wheel rims are wood. He even has some wheels with wooden four-spoke designs. He says his design is more durable than other wood bikes, and still comfortable. He said there is one customer who rides his Sano 1000 kms a month. (I told him that I have ridden my Renovo on 200, 400 and 600 km brevets.) But I suspect most of Sano wood bikes are on display somewhere. At 2 million yen and up, a bit out of my price range ... and I have my doubts about whether any of them are being ridden as hard as I ride my bikes.
|JPY2 million (around $17K at current exchange rates) gets you a complete bike|
including wood rimmed wheels. Mahogany anyone?
Still costs less than a sportscar, and you can hang it on your wall as art.
3. Sunrise Cycles!!
Speaking of art, these are contemporary art. Weird, out of some sci-fi movie about a metal future. I loved it. The builder, based on Shinjuku-ku, did a huge amount of work on this bike. Even the mud guards have custom metal work involved. Going wild with laser cut sheet steel.
|They don't sell this bridge over at the framebuilder supply shop.|
|He brought out a beer can to show me how the 3 bottle cages were designed to work.|
Not for your standard water bottle!
|Fender from a Sci Fi movie - Aliens?|
|The most complex head tube I have ever seen.|
|No, this is not a suspension design. Just a very complicated, artistic connection|
|Again, very complex, and cool.|
|Panier attachment ...|
|More complexity here.|
4. More Mini Velos
5. Paul Brakes
|These Paul brakes looked really solid.|
|A Dutch dynamo light (with SV-8 hub -- not shown).|
The frame is titanium, painted for the classic look. And carbon bars?!?
|Makino randonneur with classic front light|
|A Dobbat's bike. With the newest Busch and Mueller light and a Shimano centerlock disk brake dynamo hub.|
Looks like a thin tire, all weather road bike.
7. History on Display. They had a road and a single speed/track "Everest" from pre-WWII Japan.
After the show, it was out to the bicyele parking lot for the ride home.