New to Tokyo.. Looking for a bike.

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Hi All,

I'm arriving in Tokyo in Sept for a three month stay. Unfortunately, my plan to bring by bike out with me has given way to common sense (which looks a lot like my wife) and not carting a bike half-way across Europe and then on to the other side of the world.

I still want to ride-out in Japan though. Does anybody have any advice as to where decent second-hand road bikes can be picked-up? I've checked eBay, Craigslist and even considered buying new, but the kicker is that I'm 192cm and I haven't seen a large frame yet - even Giant don't seem to do larger than an M/L in their Japanese stores.

I usually ride a TCR SL 1 at Large, any advice on where I could find something suitable once I arrive would be welcome. Alternatively, if you're leaving the Country around the 10th of September and are looking to pass something along, please drop me a line.

Dan
 

hat and beard

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I'm about the same size as you, and yes, there are very few options. I occasionally see 58 and 60 cm frames, but they are few and far between.
I saw a 60cm road bike (I think either Giant or Trek) at the Y's Road in Shinjuku a few days ago. It was about to be sold, though. Look through the classifieds on TCC. There are a few big bikes for sale in there.

If you expand your definition of decent, there is always Cycly.
Here are some big ones
http://www.cycly.co.jp/Shop/Items/3C1V9S4
http://www.cycly.co.jp/Shop/Items/2I1WNN4
http://www.cycly.co.jp/Shop/Items/5U1WNJ9
http://www.cycly.co.jp/Shop/Items/DW0ZRR6
http://www.cycly.co.jp/Shop/Items/1416HC2
 
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Yes, I'm a petite 184 cm, and the suburban Tokyo branch of "Giant" I once entered seemed a joke to me too.

The most interesting among @hat and beard 's collection may be the Panasonic. Consider: Seat tube (to top of seat clamp), 640mm; top tube, 580mm; stem, 80mm; cranks, 165mm. Well, somebody had distinctive proportions, riding preferences, or both.

If, like me, you're a klutz at doing anything much more ambitious than changing tyres, then take heart. Although Tokyo has a lot of bike stores with snooty attitudes, it also has enough that are happy to do transplant surgery and tuning on old, unfashionable bikes.
 
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Thanks for the replies.

I'll lurk on Craigslist closer to the time - thanks for the cycly link though.

At this point I might even get a bike shipped out from Europe or Australia on the grounds that it'll hold it's value!

Dan
 

George5

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Dan, another option is just bring your bike sans wheels. It will be much more packable, almost normal suitcase size. Buy some wheels when you get here that you can ride for three months and then sell before you leave. Consider the loss on the wheels the price for three months cycling (which if you buy second hand) will be minimal. Good time of the year to be coming.