Asahi Cycles or Y's Road are two big chains that would be a good place to start if you're looking to buy new. Cycly is a good website to look through to see what you can get for your money second-hand. There are a lot of bikes on Yahoo Auctions and Jimoti sold privately (plenty of commercial sellers too). If you buy second-hand, you'll obviously get more bike for the money. You are lucky because you aren't really tall so you should have more bikes to choose from. Best of luck!Thank you all for the replies!
The commute is about 10km, so not so far.
I definitely prefer flat handles.
The "long-distance travel" distance I'm thinking of is anywhere between 200 - 400km.
Height - 175cm
Weight - ~88kgs
That blog helped a lot because I looked at some escape as well. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for these recommendations! found a store near me, will check it out soon.Asahi Cycles or Y's Road are two big chains that would be a good place to start if you're looking to buy new. Cycly is a good website to look through to see what you can get for your money second-hand. There are a lot of bikes on Yahoo Auctions and Jimoti sold privately (plenty of commercial sellers too). If you buy second-hand, you'll obviously get more bike for the money. You are lucky because you aren't really tall so you should have more bikes to choose from. Best of luck!
@koreannewbie this is the bike I remembered. It's the Vaya not the Fargo.I think there was a red Salsa Fargo for sale here a while ago.
May try to dig out that thread.
That one is a bit out of my price range currently@koreannewbie this is the bike I remembered. It's the Vaya not the Fargo.
So the time has come for me to part ways with my Vaya. This has been my daily since I got it in 2014, and it's a really good bike. I've recently taken up running on my commute and I can't justify keeping two bikes in the house anymore (as much as I'd like to have three or four). So a bit...tokyocycle.com
That’s a shame about Cycly. I live in Kawagoe too and I noticed they’d reduced their inventory a little when I was in there last week. There’s also a Buychari in Kawagoe (nearish to Maruhiro). it’s a bit like Cycly.That one is a bit out of my price range currently
I also went to look at Cycly near Kawagoe (where I live), and they didn't have much in stock.
I will check out some Tokyo shops soon, if I can.
Thank you all for the help and the advice!
A ride would be awesome!I could go with you to Buychari one of the days if you want. They actually seem to have a fair few bikes in there ATM. Not sure what’s in your price range, mind. I think I saw a Merida drop bar tourer/commuter bike that wasn’t too expensive.
Anyway, if you want to go together, let me know.
I’ll check my availability and get back to you by PM tomorrow.A ride would be awesome!
I first need a bicycle though, and planning on buying one at the end of the month once I'm more free.
Maybe I'll go out to Buychari this Thursday afternoon, if you'd like to come out. That'd be cool to get some knowledge on the spot
Thank you for all the advice! I just had to looked up what compact gearing was. This was helpfulHi there!
It's not flat handlebar, but I have a bike for sale on here. I'm 175cm myself, but the bike comes with two different length stems so you can switch between them for fit. It's an "endurance" type road bike, so has a higher front end and wider handlebar than a pure racer. This makes it more stable.
For Sale - 2015 Wilier Montegrappa Tiagra Size 56 Endurance-style road bike - comes with spare wheels 50,000 yenI’m selling a 2015 Wilier Montegrappa Tiagra road bike. It’s an L (56) size, so probably best for someone at least 177cm. The saddle position in the photos is for me, 175cm with a 32 inch inseam. I have a short upper body and the bike provided to be a bit too long for me, even when I went from a...tokyocycle.com
I have a bike box to send it in and for 50,000 yen will post will cover the postage myself. I've bought from BuyChari before and you're actually best off buying from their Yahoo Auctions site. I bought one bike of them on the auctions, picked it up at the Minato Mirai store, and it had a price tag on it from the store that was close to double what I paid.
My bike doesn't come with eyelets for panniers, but there are many other ways to fit racks and carriers to bikes. One simple way is bolt on clamps called "P clamps". It is safer to use these on a metal frame bike (mine's aluminium) than a carbon one. Other solutions attach a rack to the seat post and/or the rear axle.
For commuting, it is also possible and probably best to use mudguards. There are also lots of clip on ones for road bikes and mountain bikes not originally designed for mudguards. Some may interfere with whatever carry rack you choose. To get a bike that'll take mudguards, panniers and still ride well enough for big 100km plus days, 50,000 yen sounds like a very tight budget. You'll probably have to compromise somewhere.
Whatever you buy, make sure it has compact gearing. Japan has lots of long and steep climbs. Changing gears on a bike you've bought is an easy way to waste money (cough cough, SRAM prices in Japan).