What 3 Words? The cool mapping system

Specifically.funkier.hyping is the address

Today I am writing about “tech” stuff as I got so excited with the understanding of the potential of What3Words mapping system.

Photo of cyclist going down the summer sunny mountain road
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Reliable GPS and mapping system is a great asset for cycling in Japan country side. It helps to do meticulous research to select ideal routes for future rides. Read more

DMCX Spartacus: All Roads in Comfort

26 inches ain’t dead!

Today I will introduce you to my favorite bike: The Spartacus

It is a 26 inches “All Roads” Full titanium bike I envisioned first while riding Japan Alpine roads around Takayama (高山市), Gifu Prefecture when living in that area more than 10 years ago.

I wanted to build a totally versatile bike that is equally at ease on roads and off roads, able to be climb up Alpine roads and enjoying the snaking, hair pin cornering exhilarating down hill roads in total comfort.

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26 inches Spartacus

I started the concept of designing 26″ wheeled road bikes in 2009 by building a first Beta version. Back then Disc brakes where not yet in full bloom for drop bar bikes so the 1st version was equipped with V-Brakes.

Now a decade passed since my first 26″ All Road bike iteration and along with some frame geometry fine tuning and the emergence of various standard helping me to create the perfect all mighty 26″ road bike. Read more

Let’s make it a Great 2019

2018 has been a fantastic year with a lot of a great bike rides, runs and cup of coffees with amazing people from all over Japan.dmcx_bicycles_bull_new_year_2019___

Thank you to all the members of the DMCX Cycling Club and RUN DMCX for 2018 and let’s make 2019 another great year filled with unforgettable experiences.

Happy New Year 2019 !

Coffee Roaster Takou (Ogaki City, Gifu)

A Cuppa For The Road

Last weekend I ran my last half-Marathon of the year in Ogaki City, Gifu prefecture.

Ogaki is small town located roughly 20 km West of Gifu city and less than 50km from Nagoya city.

Ogaki is unusual in Japan for having two beautiful castles, one located in town and the other 5km outside the city center.

I highly recommend the trip for the picturesque setting.

And while I am making recommendation about Ogaki tourist spots I want to mostly recommend the Coffee Roaster Takou cafe shop. Read more

Robert’s Ti Bike, from dream to reality

Few months ago Robert took the wise decision to hire my services to design his new bike.

Robert is a local rider member of the DMCX Cafe Racer crew and we have been cycling together for a couple of years so I already knew his riding style.

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Robert’s Dream Bike at Dream stage

Knowing the person riding style is helpful in the process of designing a frame that will correspond to the futur owner’s expectation and style.

The style refer to the looking of the frame and by extension the complete bike, but also the bike riding feels.

Robert wanted a “Do it all” bike that is equally comfortable for daily commuting in all weather condition but also performant in long sportive week end rides.

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