Moving to Yokosuka in 2008

evan06

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Jul 23, 2007
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Hello fellow cyclists,

My name is James, currently living in Cuba but will be moving to Yokosuka in the Spring of 2008. Before moving to Cuba, I lived in Kyushu (8 years), where I rode everyday I could. I was fortunate enough to ride with a great group in Sasebo every Sunday for long rides. Riding in Kyushu was great, love the country setting, and the friendly people. I hope to connect with some fellow riders in the Yokosuka area to enjoy the cycling in the Tokyo area.

I currently ride a Pinarello Opera but will upgrade prior to my moving to Japan. I am currently looking at four brands: Pinarello, Ridley, Kuota, and Orbea.

James
 

Philip

Speeding Up
Feb 15, 2007
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Welcome Back James . . .

. . . and welcome to TCC. You sound like you have led an interesting life thus far James. I look forward to your arrival. We ride most weekends 200km+. You are very welcome to come along and decide if it is what you are lookng for.

Cheers,

Philip
 

evan06

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Jul 23, 2007
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Philip,

Thank you very much for the future invite. My current rides consist of a 15 mile loop that I do maybe 4 or 5 times, after that I get a little bored seeing the same thing over and over. I also do alot of riding on my trainer as the wind here in Cuba can be quite intense at times.

James
 

WhiteGiant

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Nov 4, 2006
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Cigars...

Some o' them "Cigars" might make me want to stop smoking!

Hello James,
I rode around Kyushu last Christmas (980km in 8 days).
I enjoyed the east-side, but found the west-side had really terrible roads.
Maybe we can share some stories of mutual roads when you get here.

As for the upgrade, after riding a Pinarello, I could only suggest the Orbea or Kuota.

Look forward to riding with you.
Travis

P.S. From Yokosuka, the loop around Miura-Peninsular is great - That's where I met "Philip", "Arai", and a few other guys.
ie. You won't be at a loss for cycling options.
 

WhiteGiant

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Nov 4, 2006
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ooo...kkkk...

Travis, travis... you need to be educated in the finer tastes. You need sunglasses to just look at an orbea. :eek::eek::eek:

Ash

Pinarello rider
That's true Ash, but remember the newer Orbea's also come in BLUE!

However, the 'Kuota' KREDO is the sexiest frame I think I've ever seen!
I would give both right arms for one of them.

Sorry James... You've started a "frame war" just by mentioning your preferences.
If I were you, I'd keep your Pinarello until you get to Japan - If you still want to change bikes after that, you'll probably have more than enough opportunities on the base to get the bike you really want (need).
Rubber Down! T
 

Ash

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Apr 23, 2006
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shakujiidai, nerima ku, tokyo
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A blue orbea? A Blue De Rosa!

I will have to check out that blue orbea, aint seen one of them things yet... Could be good!

Iam looking forward to going on the maiden of voyage of Chikako, Yasuhiro's wife, on Sunday though. Yasuhiro just bought her a Derosa Primato (blue). White saddle and bar tape, 105 gears. We will be meeting at Kimura's on Sunday morning and then do the traditional escort of the new rider back home, hopefully without incident.

Look for her to come on some rides with us in the future! Maybe a nice addition to the Go-go girls?

Maybe she will let me take it round the block?:rolleyes:
 

evan06

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Jul 23, 2007
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Sorry didn't mean to instigate an "frame" war, though it is understandable. I will admit I am a huge Pinarello fan, if that is the correct term. However, it seems that the line of bikes they offer is shrinking. Don't get me wrong I would love to own the new Prince that was just released, but just too far out of my price range. Though I am contemplating and f4:13 as one of my purchases. As for Orbea, everyone I have talked too have nothing negative to say about it. More than likely I will wait to see what Ridley has to offer when they showcase their 2008 models.

To add, I am not Cuban. I am in the Navy and am stationed at the Naval Base. I have nothing to do with the prison though. I currently work as a broadcast engineer on the base. Yokosuka will be my last tour in the Navy upon which I will retire and possibly live in Japan afterwards. My wife is Japanese, but unfortunately she is not much of a cyclist. I am also into running and plan on moving up to do ultra-marathons...well hopefully.

As for riding in Kyushu, I mainly rode around Nagasaki, Saga, and Fukuoka prefectures.

I look forward to meeting everyone on the road for some memorable rides.

James
 

Philip

Speeding Up
Feb 15, 2007
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Ultramarathons . . .

Hi James,

My quip about prisons referred only to your riding 15km loops. A feeble but entirely innocent attempt at humor. Please forgive me if I caused any offense.

I am also a 'runner' and regularly compete in marathons. I plan to attempt a few 100km marathons next year - Yamanakako and Saroma probably.

Cheers,

Philip
 

evan06

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Jul 23, 2007
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Philip,

Now worries about the prison thing, people tend to ask once I tell them where I am stationed. I am currently training for a marathon in Jamaica, which will probably be my last prior to my departure for Japan.

ayasechick,

Awesome, I will be working at SRF Yokosuka. If my work hours permit I would be up for lunch time rides.

James