Base Coffee – Ichinomiya (一宮市)

 

Part of the the joy of cycling comes from the opportunities stop at Cafés along the ride. All of the cafés I review on this blog are top notch cafés which means they roast carefully selected coffee beans and and are not chain stores.

This time I introduce one of my favorite spot to hang my Titanium Café Racer, the Base Coffee roaster. Read more

Running Ohme Marathon (青梅マラソン)

One week back after my trip in France I ran the 2019 Ohme Marathon which is actually a 30km Road running race, not a 42k event.

I entered the race totally unfit and under trained as I got flu virus two weeks before going to France and then went to France for 10 days with only one run training. Read more

Tour de France is in The Air

On a recent flight from Osaka to Paris I got delighted by the selection of the Video On Demand aboard the plane.

The Flight AF0291 from Air France had the Tour de France 2018 3 weeks highlights video available on board. Read more

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.

Demonchaux Titanium bicycle sketch
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