Imperial Palace Laps tonight!

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dsheehan

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Aug 13, 2008
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jason- how many miles is it around the palace. What is the road surface like? Can you do this ride on the weekend or is it too crowded? Thanks
 
jcollin3k

jcollin3k

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Jun 27, 2007
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jason- how many miles is it around the palace. What is the road surface like? Can you do this ride on the weekend or is it too crowded? Thanks
dsheehan -- it's 5 kilometers (3.106856 miles) around the palace loop. The road is in good condition all around. No potholes or anything like that. Just a couple manholes whose locations can be easily memorized (I don't like to ride over manholes, or walk on them).

I have not really ridden the palace loop on a weekend, so I can't say, but I would guess it is more crowded. I like to ride the loop at night because there is less car traffic. Even on weekdays (daytime) the extra car traffic will likely add a few minutes to your total time.

You can check the stats on all my palalce rides since March 2008 at this link:

http://jasoncollin.org/tag/imperial-palace/

Jason
 
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dsheehan

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Aug 13, 2008
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Thanks Jason. great job on the time drops. I do not like dodging cars so I will look to go south of shinagawa and get into some more remote areas (if they exist). BTW what bike shop do you use? I had a recommendation on Y's road. Any recommednations are appreciated.
 
jcollin3k

jcollin3k

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Victoria

For on actual roads, I think the only place you are likely to not have to dodge a constant stream of cars would be maybe Odaiba area. There are not many there and the roads are huge and long. The only true car-free area that I know is the Arakawa bike road. I don't count Futakotamagawa because there are so many people and other obstructions on the bike lane, constantly.

For the best customer service, the Victoria bike shop in the basement of Shinjuku's L-Breath is great. I've gone there for all cycling repairs and maintenance for the past year. Sometimes I don't even get charged for minor repairs like brake adjustments and other things.

They have a good selection of gear, but it's a small shop.

Y's Road Shinjuku is huge, but no customer service and actually that shop is often poorly stocked (like I zero real cycling jersey's one time I went there!).

Jason