Glimpses 005 / The Tokyo Handmade Bicycle Show

It was brief, but I just about made it to the last day of the Tokyo Handmade Bicycle Show, located opposite the Imperial Palace at a Science Museum in a park I didn’t even know existed.

 

It’s an annual showcase for Japanese frame builders with many of the legendary names making an appearance, including some of the well known NJS builders like Nagasawa and Makino, along with Cherubim, Amanda, Level, Dobbats, SILK, Watanabe and Hirose. There were some new names too, the beautiful aesthetic of Vladimir Balahoskis’s Equilibrium Cycle Works and the impressive detailing in Sunrise Cycles 29+ Adventure bike, built at the Tokyo BYOB Factory (you can rent space here for building your own bike).

I wasn’t expecting Kashimax to be there, especially with a rainbow selection of 1987 Handler re-issues. They did have the classic Aero, more in keeping with the event and now available in almost any colour (including clear) a huge range of custom leather options and a signed Paul Smith model. Unfortunately after one quick lap I had to leave, maybe next year i’ll try to get there a little earlier – Lee Basford / Japanese NWFCC Chapter / humankind.jp

equilibriumcycleworks.com
cherubim.jp
dobbats.com
kaostem.net
byobfactory.blogspot.jp
level-cycle.com
kashimax.co.jp

 

Equilibrium Cycle Works not hiding anything with their raw steel models

 

Cherubim Headtube Heaven

Cherubim Headtube Heaven

 

Cherubim’s beautiful detailing

Cherubim’s beautiful detailing

 

Weld One’s Ogre, a handcrafted titanium/carbon welding extravaganza

Weld One’s Ogre, a handcrafted titanium/carbon welding extravaganza

 

Thumb Grips by Skateboard Artist Haroshi

Thumb Grips by Skateboard Artist Haroshi

 

 

Kao Stem and Sunrise Cycles 29+ Adventure bike, built at the Tokyo BYOB Factory

Kao Stem and Sunrise Cycles 29+ Adventure bike, built at the Tokyo BYOB Factory

 

New range of 1987 Kashimax Handler’s

 

 

Kashimax Aero’s in any colour you could wish for

Kashimax Aero’s in any colour you could wish for

 

Level Bikes seat-tube detail

Level Bikes seat-tube detail

 

 

Amazing clean lines are a signature on Dobbat’s frames

Amazing clean lines are a signature on Dobbat’s frames

 

Road bike from the 1966 Tokyo Olympics

Road bike from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

 

New clear version of the classic Kashimax Aero

New clear version of the classic Kashimax Aero

 

 

Equilibrium Cycle Works not hiding anything with their raw steel models

Equilibrium Cycle Works not hiding anything with their raw steel models

 

Equilibrium Cycle Works

Equilibrium Cycle Works

 

Equilibrium Cycle Works adjustable stem

Equilibrium Cycle Works adjustable stem

 

There were almost as many interesting classics outside, although mostly European

There were almost as many interesting classics outside, although mostly European

 

 

 

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