650B wheels and tyres

lianseng

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I am planning to cycle in Kyushu with my gravel bike. Are 650B wheels and tyres common? I want to make sure I can get things fixed if something bad happens.
TIA
 

OreoCookie

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Generally where I live (in Sendai, Tohoku), no. Most shops focus on road bikes, and while my preferred shop sells gravel tires (Panaracer Gravelkings if memory serves), they are 700C tires. Overall, Japanese bike shops seem extremely conservative to me. When I was living in Fukuoka, 650b wheels weren't a thing, so I wouldn't know whether you'd find any there.