Frank is travelling in Tokyo and Hong Kong

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Frank Liew the MD and general mastermind behind Qubic Store and Republic Apparel is touring around Hong Kong and Tokyo. He sent us in a really cool update I want to post with some shots. Here is the first segment:

I was going to email you this but with such a hectic schedule I didn’thave the time to sort through all the photos and pick out the ones to
send you all! Currently it is 30 degrees here in Hong Kong, 80% humidity
and you might as well be walking through a wall of water. Topping it off

I’m looking at gale force winds outside my apartment here in Kowloon

with a category 8 typhoon blowing through the harbour. Tried going out

tonight on the bike for a quick spin but after nearly being blown off my

side I thought it might not have been the best idea.

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TOKYO JAPAN – Shibuya, Jingumae, Shinjuku, Aoyama area.

Tokyo was great, went for a couple of spins with friends there from

 Fragment,  Medicom/OriginalFake and Supreme. Tokyo is fast to ride, tarmac is smooth, hills are gradual at

best so the terrain is great for getting your speed up. We were checking

ourselves alongside cars so I’m guessing ti’s pretty easy getting up to

40km/h-ish on the roads since the tarmac is so smooth. I didn’t get many

photos of me actually riding as it was a bit too hot to lug my SLR

around…. so I bought a handheld Ricoh R8 that *just* fit into my

saddle bag just so I could snap a few pics off on my last ride with Take

from Supreme – my mate that was supposed to come and ride with us who

had only been in New Zealand a week prior to me seeing him again in

Tokyo, haha.

Good thing about riding in Tokyo is beacuse you can get up your speed

and that the buildings aren’t so crammed together it’s not that hot to

ride even in the summer nights… well, compared to Hong Kong. Another

great thing about riding in Tokyo is the respect local drivers give to

bikers on the road – after all, given the number of normal commuter

bikes on the road the drivers are more used to sharing the roads with

people on bicycles. That said, the taxis aren’t so polite. I almost got

hit a few times by random taxi drivers who stop in the middle of the

left lane randomly to pick up/drop off a fare. Gave ’em the ol kiwi boot

to the fender to say ‘kia ora’ to their splendid driving ability.

Contrary to popular belief people don’t ride in ‘packs’ in Japan. Most

riders are lone rangers on the street and the only time you see a bunch

of people riding it’s normally a really tight trick-rider crew or

something like that. I think with the huge popularity of the sport in

Japan there’s a lot of bike-snobbery out there, and people generally

aren’t accustomed to riding with strangers or offering to unless they

know you or know of you. Apparently on Saturday mornings you’ll see big

bunches of kids out on bikes but I didn’t stay long enough to find out.

I’ve also attached a series of photos hanging out with the boys at

w-base. Drinking beer and attempting to nut out 180 bunny hops to 180

out. Sounds almost like a day out with steadyrollin’… haha. Most of

them are bmx riders so it was tricks galore, they taught me fast

no-handed backwards circles and no-handed to wheel stalls… which I’m

still not nailing consistently. haha. Anyways, one of them is heading to

NZ soon so we’ll be seeing him out on rides soon enough. Tommy, one of

the Carnival guys from upstairs can do 100m wheelies which is definately

the trick of choice for Japanese riders. Geesus christo.

WBase Crew
 
 

 

 

HONG KONG – Sha Tin & the HKFIXED CREW
Hong Kong I had literally just gotten off the plane before my friend

Masa from the hkfixed crew
 

 

hkfixed.com/hongkongfixed.com

 was textingme for a ride on the night after. After a rather boozy night with old
friends (I landed on Saturday) I picked myself up from a wicked hangover

and met up with the lads from his crew. After smuggling our bikes onto

the train we headed out to an area up in the New Territories (North of

Kowloon) called Sha Tin where we tried to break into the local velodrome

(without much success, as there was a team practising there I think) so

we buggered off around the corner to find a few bike paths and a

rollerskating rink to mess around with tricks on. The scene in Hong Kong

is much in its infancy with only 10 or so core riders so far, so all the

guys htere were pretty tame with only youtube and vimeo videos to teach

them tricks and how to ride … we on the other hand have Mike Lawrence.

Some of the HKFixed guys had some crazzzy setups. One kid, Brian , has 6-7 track bikes. I say 6-7 because the 7th one

isn’t complete – a Colnago C50. On the ride he brought this vintage

Italian pursuit frame thing – the photo is attached. Otherwise the

Durcus Master-One setup from w-base is a popular setup here, along with

the Obey Fuji bike, both sold by a store here called RodaFixa, which is

owned by the guy who founded the hkfixed club. I took his Italina

pursuit frame for a spin, it was rigid as hell but I thought I’d better

return it after doing all these rear wheel stalls before I dented his

Colnago forks. Riding in Hong Kong however was pretty intense – after 10 minutes of pedalling you are literally dripping wet, and not from the rain. It was

like rolling through water, there were plenty of times where sweat

blinded me. Funny story though, a random guy from the hkfixed club asked

if I knew “the guy with the green Bianchi concept bike and the black IRO

bike” from New Zealand. You guys are so famous.

Thing is, bikes are not a common sight at all, full stop, in Hong Kong.

Most people think bicycles are a useless form of transport given the

widely used MTR train lines and the ‘prestige’ of owning a car in HK so

the only people you even see on bikes are labourers or guys delivering

big propane tanks to the restaurants in the main city area. Therefore

the drivers in HK aren’t so courteous to bikes on the road, probably

beacuse they aren’t accustomed to it. I got honked at, almost

sideswiped, stared at as if I were one of the horsemen of the fuggin’

apocalypse when I was rolling through the city areas on the way back to

my apartment.

So I hope you enjoyed my little diary. Since I started writing this

there’s a full scale tropical level 8 typhoon going on outside so I best

call it a night.

Supreme Bikes

 

 

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