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Are there any Japan based riders on this forum?

Although I live in Tokyo, I ride in the Kanto area, primarily in Guma and Nagano Preferecture. i am always looking for new trails and other riders to ride with...

Is there anyone out there?
 

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Tokyo M3 said:
Are there any Japan based riders on this forum?

Although I live in Tokyo, I ride in the Kanto area, primarily in Guma and Nagano Preferecture. i am always looking for new trails and other riders to ride with...

Is there anyone out there?

Hey there! I live in Nagano city and I'm trying to find some riding friends. I've benn doing some local stuff, but interested in new places. Sorry I don't have much beta on rides around here, but I'm finding a few. Do you snowboard or ski?
 

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I'm in Japan, but I'm no where near the Nagano area, I'm live in the Yokosuka.
Hi Guys, I regulary ride in the Zushi/Yokosuka area. Check out the trail review section on this website, Asia and pacific/Japan. There are some trails that I ride there.
Recently I went to hakone and found some nice singletrack around Lake Ashinoko.
If you want any more details, then mail me.
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Hey,
I'm up in Sapporo and the riding is sick. I'd go as far as to say it's better than a lot of the riding I used to do back in Uni in Vermont. Hokkaido is a rare paradise in the concrete jungle of Japan. Niseko is just getting it's foot in the door with summer mountain biking too. Give it a year or two and it may be THE spot for riding in Japan. Move North! I spent three year's in Hiroshima struggling to find anything even tolerable. There's too much to ride here, I don't have enough free time ;)
 

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Tokyo M3 said:
Are there any Japan based riders on this forum?

Although I live in Tokyo, I ride in the Kanto area, primarily in Guma and Nagano Preferecture. i am always looking for new trails and other riders to ride with...

Is there anyone out there?

Hello, I live in Tokyo too (near Ikebukuro) and me tto, I'm looking for other riders. Actually, I don't ride a lot, not because I have no time, not because I have no bike, but just because 1) I dont really know where to go... 2) I don't have a car and it is a problem for going outside tokyo. Or maybe by train but I never did. I have a GT i-drive. I'm not a pro, not a beginner, just intermediate (don't be affraid if my English is not perfect it is just because I'm French). Laurent.
 

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danielpaul said:
Hey there! I live in Nagano city and I'm trying to find some riding friends. I've benn doing some local stuff, but interested in new places. Sorry I don't have much beta on rides around here, but I'm finding a few. Do you snowboard or ski?
Mail me or phone if you want to get some rides in Nagano
Brett 090 9359 8870
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Hi,

I live in Tokrozawa (Seibu-Ikebukuro Line) and wanted to know if anyone knew of trails nearby. I read there were supposed to be some trails out near the Seibu Dome and Sayama Lake, but I haven't found them yet. If anyone knows of any or other trails nearby (maybe Hanno-Chichibu area) that would be great.

Thanks,

Chris
 

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RioGrande said:
Hi,

I live in Tokrozawa (Seibu-Ikebukuro Line) and wanted to know if anyone knew of trails nearby. I read there were supposed to be some trails out near the Seibu Dome and Sayama Lake, but I haven't found them yet. If anyone knows of any or other trails nearby (maybe Hanno-Chichibu area) that would be great.

Thanks,

Chris
Hiya Chris,

I live in Kawagoe and work mainly in Sayama. I've heard that Sayama lake is meant to be nice but I have not ventured down there yet. I go up to a place called Ogose which is a 20 min train ride from Sakado on the Tobu Ogose line. What kind of riding do you do? I've got a Cannondale Jekyll 600 so around here I just do trail riding. What about you? Let me know if you wanted to go out for a ride sometime and we could meet up....possibly near the seibu dome!!!!!!!! Cheers, Mark
 

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Hello Chris, hello Mark,

Two weeks ago I went to Kaneko (Hachiko Line) for riding with Japanese friends and there are many good trails there. I can't really explain because I get there by train and after we went to the track by car but it's not to far from the station (5-10 minutes). I guess if you try to reach the mountain, you will find the trails... By the way, any of you is going to ride the Tokyo Enduro in two weeks ? It's a downtown road race for flat-bar bicycles... An mtb wis slick tires is fine for that!

http://www.funride.jp/event/2004/tokyoEDw/main.htm

Bye
Laurent
 

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markfielding1977 said:
Hiya Chris,

I live in Kawagoe and work mainly in Sayama. I've heard that Sayama lake is meant to be nice but I have not ventured down there yet. I go up to a place called Ogose which is a 20 min train ride from Sakado on the Tobu Ogose line. What kind of riding do you do? I've got a Cannondale Jekyll 600 so around here I just do trail riding. What about you? Let me know if you wanted to go out for a ride sometime and we could meet up....possibly near the seibu dome!!!!!!!! Cheers, Mark

Mark,

Meeting up sounds good, though it would have to be in the New Year as Xmas is too busy. What are the trails like that you ride - if I get organised and get a bike back I could venture up that way at some stage also.

Chris
 

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Mark,

Meeting up sounds good, though it would have to be in the New Year as Xmas is too busy. What are the trails like that you ride - if I get organised and get a bike back I could venture up that way at some stage also.

Chris
Hiya Chris
The New Year sounds cool. Xmas will be pretty busy here too (Thailand is on the cards). Ogose (where I ride) is pretty cool. There are lots of mountains ranging from about 200m to around 800 ish metres...You very rarely see anyone on the trails when you get into the mountains...In over 20 hours of trail riding up there, I hvae only seen one person, and he was a hiker...... The mountains are mainly covered in trees so its really nice....What sort of bike have you got? As you can probably see, I've got a Cannondale Jekyll 600 which is ok for trail riding. I'll post a few pics (If I can work out how to do it) of Ogose.
 

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38lolo said:
Hello Chris, hello Mark,

Two weeks ago I went to Kaneko (Hachiko Line) for riding with Japanese friends and there are many good trails there. I can't really explain because I get there by train and after we went to the track by car but it's not to far from the station (5-10 minutes). I guess if you try to reach the mountain, you will find the trails... By the way, any of you is going to ride the Tokyo Enduro in two weeks ? It's a downtown road race for flat-bar bicycles... An mtb wis slick tires is fine for that!

http://www.funride.jp/event/2004/tokyoEDw/main.htm

Bye
Laurent
Hi Laurent. Sounds like you had fun at Kaneko. Just checked Kaneko and its less than an hour away from me on the train. What sort of trails were they? Would you recommend it? What maps did you use? Or did you just use Japanese friends knowledge of the area? Nope I woun't be at the funride in Tokyo.

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Mark
 

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Hi Mark. There many kind of track, easy and not esy at all. I guess it's a kind of “big spot“ close to Tokyo because we met many other MTBriders there. I do recommend it but I can't give many explanations because I just went there once. I got a map which explains how to get to the track from the station and I'd like to send you it but it seems than it is not possible to send image on mtbr forum... If you have an email adress, I'll send you the map. Bye, Laurent
 

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Hi Mark. There many kind of track, easy and not esy at all. I guess it's a kind of “big spot“ close to Tokyo because we met many other MTBriders there. I do recommend it but I can't give many explanations because I just went there once. I got a map which explains how to get to the track from the station and I'd like to send you it but it seems than it is not possible to send image on mtbr forum... If you have an email adress, I'll send you the map. Bye, Laurent
Hi Laurent, Thanks for tghe reply. If you get chance, would it be possible to send a copy of the map to
[email protected]

Thanks in advance. I might go over there on Thursday is possible....I went to Sayama lake today before work for a few hours. Was pretty cool

Thanks again

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38lolo said:
Hello Chris, hello Mark,

Two weeks ago I went to Kaneko (Hachiko Line) for riding with Japanese friends and there are many good trails there. I can't really explain because I get there by train and after we went to the track by car but it's not to far from the station (5-10 minutes). I guess if you try to reach the mountain, you will find the trails... By the way, any of you is going to ride the Tokyo Enduro in two weeks ? It's a downtown road race for flat-bar bicycles... An mtb wis slick tires is fine for that!

http://www.funride.jp/event/2004/tokyoEDw/main.htm

Bye
Laurent
Laurent,

I didn't know about the Tokyo Enduro, if you do it I hope you enjoy! I'll try and check out Kaneko, it sounds good. I need to buy a bike bag first though, so time for some Xmas shopping!

Chris
 

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What's equipment availability / cost like in Japan

Hi,

I'm going to live in Japan for a year (or two- we'll see) from April 2005. Should I bring my mountain bike, or can I pick up something out there? Is there a wide choice of bikes (and components) ? Is everything bike related horrendously expensive?

Ideally I'd want a 4-6" full suss, but I guess my final choice would be dependent on terrain. I'm hoping to hit some hardcore Japanese trails and ride down Mt Fuji, I hope I won't be disappointed!

Thanks in advance, maybe see you at some point in the future....

Matt
 

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Hi,

I'm going to live in Japan for a year (or two- we'll see) from April 2005. Should I bring my mountain bike, or can I pick up something out there? Is there a wide choice of bikes (and components) ? Is everything bike related horrendously expensive?

Ideally I'd want a 4-6" full suss, but I guess my final choice would be dependent on terrain. I'm hoping to hit some hardcore Japanese trails and ride down Mt Fuji, I hope I won't be disappointed!

Thanks in advance, maybe see you at some point in the future....

Matt
Compared to the US, stuff here is expensive. I am from the UK, so the prices here are about the same as I usually pay. Basically, you can get anything here that you can get in the US or UK. And some US bike shops will ship here, so you can get cheaper stuff online. If you have a decent bike, I would bring it with you, it might work out cheaper than buying one over here.
Where are you planning on living? I live in kanagawa, which is about one hour from Tokyo. The quality of the trails depend on where you live. Places like Nagano have good trails. Some probems you may have are finding good trails, especially if you don't have a car. An average ride for me consists of 50km of road work for 10km of off road. Local knowledge is priceless too. The trails around my area are quite short and technical, with lots of rocks and roots. You can ride on a hardtail, but you can go faster on a full sus. I have both and I mainly use my full sus for trail work.
Check out the trails section of this website for more information, but there aren't many trails listed there for Japan. I guess there aren't that many gaijin (foreigners)mountain bikers here.
Also check out this guys site. He has video and reviews of the trails that I ride every week. www.mountainbikebill.com
If you want any more information, then you can mail me or reply on here.
Bobbysix.
 

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Out of interest, are you guys using anything in Japan like yahoogroups? We're using it in Korea and it's a great way for ex-pat bikers to hook up with each other. I assume there are more riders in Japan than in Korea too - the ex-pat biking community in Korea is pretty close knit.

It would be good to arrange some cross-the-sea bike rides in the future. You know, Japan-based bikers coming over to sleep on our couches and check out the Korean biking scene then vice-versa.

What's the story with the locals and their reactions to seeing bikers on the trails? The Koreans are a very friendly bunch when it comes to that kind of stuff. Free fruit and makkolli (rice wine), and the occasional grope at your legs.

Cheers,

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38lolo said:
Hi Mark. There many kind of track, easy and not esy at all. I guess it's a kind of “big spot“ close to Tokyo because we met many other MTBriders there. I do recommend it but I can't give many explanations because I just went there once. I got a map which explains how to get to the track from the station and I'd like to send you it but it seems than it is not possible to send image on mtbr forum... If you have an email adress, I'll send you the map. Bye, Laurent
Laurent,

I'd appreciate it if you could send me the map as well as I'm interested in heading out there during the upcoming holidays. My email address is [email protected]

Thanks in advance,

Chris
 
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