Close up Gendai

Mike

Maximum Pace
Sep 24, 2007
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Kanagawa
#2
Just caught the end of it. Seriously, with all the ojisans on road bikes here no wonder J chicks don't think I'm cool when I talk about cycling:confused: Simon or Clay will pitch in here with some sly remark:rolleyes:
 

Wolfman

Speeding Up
Jul 31, 2007
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Suginamiku
#3
Rather disappointing programme really, relating the personal lives of some keen cyclists but not really exploring anything of substance, which could have been done had they employed some researchers.

Not sure if it's just my personal interest but they made no mention of market related issues concerning growth in sales of bicycles, the underlying reasons why cycling popularity may be increasing, the role of Shimano or Shimano products in shaping cycling technology, or even cycling and road use, such as cycling to work, even the health implications were largely ignored. Just the personal.
 

FarEast

Maximum Pace
May 25, 2009
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Yokohama
#4
Guys.... this is Japan.... quality and TV are not two words you would normally use in the same sentance. A classic example of this was the commentry given on the TDF by the Japanese presenters.... they spent 20 minutes on the subject of what type of guy the female presenter liked to date.
 

Phil

Maximum Pace
#5
Missed the show, but I've seen a couple now on regular TV about talents and their bikes and things like that. Definitely a local boom happening.

A classic example of this was the commentry given on the TDF by the Japanese presenters.... they spent 20 minutes on the subject of what type of guy the female presenter liked to date.
J-Sports is usually much better than that--she wasn't a regular, just one of the "special guests" they sometimes bring on. Last year they had Pakkun, and that was fairly excrutiating, too.

In general though, they're pretty good, focusing on the racing and tactics and moves as they happen, rather than the local cheeses... I've learned a lot from the color guys like Imanaka Daisuke (on tonight) and Kurimura Osamu.
 

Philip

Speeding Up
Feb 15, 2007
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Setagaya
#6
Just caught the end of it. Seriously, with all the ojisans on road bikes here no wonder J chicks don't think I'm cool when I talk about cycling:confused: Simon or Clay will pitch in here with some sly remark:rolleyes:
Mike: "Your cute. Fancy coming back to my place. I've got my bike parked outside"

J-Chick: "Is it a Ducati?"

Mike: "No. It's a Trek"