February 15th, 2012 · Rie - Nagoya · 3 Comments
Happy 2nd birthday to my coffee bike! Oooops I almost forgot about this today but look how far this has come! It’s been awesome years since I’ve started my bike café at Circles Nagoya on Valentine’s day in 2010 and met so many nice people through my coffee bike. I love how my coffee bike has documented my life and united friends all over the world.
♥ Thanks to all my friends and my coffee lovers from all over the world for your lovely support and making miracle happen on my coffee-bike. I hope to get to see you all soon. Danke + Thank you + ありがとう♥ LOVE YOU ALLLLLLL!!
So I am collaborating with one of the loveliest Japanese restaurant in Berlin Smartdeli to celebrate their 10 year anniversary & my 2nd year anniversary tomorrow. If you are in Berlin now, just ride by or walk on Chaussee strasse 5, you’ll see my lovely coffee bike outside of Smartdeli tomorrow afternoon (12:00-16:00?) There will be my first brewing for my new original coffee blend Berlin version. Come + celebrate + grab my coffee!
Happy coffee everyone. Ride safe + keep smiling (●´∪`●) ♥ Tschüs!
Tags:Berlin · bicycles · cafe
February 10th, 2012 · Rie - Nagoya · No Comments
It’s been almost one year since a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Tohoku in Japan. Cielo (by Chris King) and Sim-Works (from Nagoya) collaborated on making the frames as Tsunami Memorial Bikes.
Text via Cycle EXIF
On the 11th of March 2011, a magnitude 9.0 undersea megathrust earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan, causing 15,846 confirmed deaths, tsunami waves that reached heights of up to 40.5 metres and a World Bank estimated economic cost of US$235 billion, making it the most expensive natural disaster in world history.
It has been reassuring to witness the world uniting around Japan at this devastating and crucial time. Chris King and his Cielo brand have collaborated with their Japanese distributors, Sim-Works, on a limited edition cyclocross bike, with all profits from their sales directed to support of the relief effort.
Chris King needs no introduction: many of the world’s bikes are equipped with his hubs or headsets, but less well known is the fact that he’s also a frame builder of the highest quality, applying the same high standards of engineering to his road and cyclocross frames as his Precision Components. You’ll notice the prominence of the date, 11.3.11 on the frame and forks, a poignant reminder of not only the catastrophic day but also as a call to action to the great and resilient people of Japan.
Only 5 of these frames have been made: the Extra Small size has been sold already, and, at the time of printing, there are only 2 models left in Small and 2 models left in Medium. Secure your chance to contribute to Japan’s relief effort and own a finely tuned and specified cyclocross bike from a legend of cycling, Chris King: contact Cielo in the United States or Sim-Works in Japan.
Thanks Adam for sharing and featuring this bike!
Check out Cycle EXIF, you will find lots of cool bikes in this website.
Tags:bicycles · Japan
December 7th, 2011 · Rie - Nagoya · No Comments
Many apologies for the absence… So many fun things happened this year since I moved to Berlin. The sun is setting earlier. The air is dark and chilly. Woah it’s already December! The end of a year. So a catch up. One more big party is coming up for your all year conclusion! I need more girls to race! ( ´艸｀) 〜♡
+ + THIS FRIDAY December 9, at Keirin Cycle Culture Café. Roll at 8:00pm + +
Pioneers of the global fixed gear bike culture Keirin Cycle Culture Café and Rollapaluza come together for the first ever Rollapaluza roller-race in Berlin.
Keirin Cycle Culture Café:
Keirin Cycle Culture Café is recognized worldwide as the first ever “fixed gear shop” having first opened back in 2004 as a hangout for their messenger mates (all members of Keirin and Rollapaluza are ex-couriers), selling them coffee, bikes and parts and mending their bikes. ( http://www.keirinberlin.de/ )
The first Rollapaluza roller race was held in a pub in London in 2000 and Rollpaluza involves two riders racing over 500 metres on custom built static roller-rigs with their progress displayed on a huge dial and their times recorded by split-second digital timing, all to the backdrop of cheering crowds and pumping music.
Never seen Rollapaluza? check their movies: http://www.rollapaluza.de/movies
P.S. I’ll tell you about this + more stuff… but later.
Tags:Berlin · bicycles · fixed · fun · gold sprints · keirin · race
May 30th, 2011 · Rie - Nagoya · 1 Comment
Yay finally, I am on the “I Love Riding in the city” in the newest issue #25 of Urban Velo.
Download or view: Urban Velo – Issue #25
I was also featured in the issue #24 for the photo gallery of my crazy backpacking trip around India in August of 2010. I traveled with my friends as far north as the himalayan mountains to Manali, ganges river to Rishikesh, Chandigarh, Jaipur and New Delhi. Surrounded by cattle, bicycles and images of Shiva. I slipped on cow shit many times everyday and ate curry three times a day until I got diarrhea…… I would like to share it with you through my photos what I saw in India.
Photos of my India trip on my Flickr.
Download or view: Urban Velo – Issue #24
Urban Velo is very interesting magazine, it’s always written about a lot of different bike culture and society from all over the world. You should check it out!
Thanks + Arigatou Jeff.
Tags:bicycles · photography
May 9th, 2011 · Rie - Nagoya · 1 Comment
Hi. Rie from Nagoya here. I’m currently living in Berlin now. I have my “Coffee-Bike” at Keirin Cycle Culture Café
in Berlin sometimes. Since I moved, I am very lucky enough to have my friends own amazing shop here in Berlin. They are always welcome to have my coffee-bike at their bike shop!! Thanks a lot to Keirin Berlin for having one crazy Japanese girl stealing your customers!! ;p
Here are some photos of the 7th years anniversary party at Keirin Cycle Culture Cafe last month. They gave me a spot to have my coffee-bike as well. Good times!!
I baked New York Cheesecake ♥ My 1st time, but it wasn’t that bad.
Sushi Meister on the bar.
The end of the party, we always have a king of bottles to clean up all empty beer bottles:)＊
Tags:Berlin · cafe · keirin
April 13th, 2011 · Rie - Nagoya · 4 Comments
My Coffee Bike “CharRie’s Café” debuted in Berlin last month. It was very quick! only after a few weeks I moved to Berlin. It was the perfect timing I arrived here. I got a chance to carry out my coffee-bike at VELOBerlin, one of the biggest bicycle exhibition in Berlin. Thanks a lot to Keirin Cycle Culture Café, they made my day and put me up with my coffee-bike at their booth for 2 days. I really enjoyed making lots of my fresh hand brewed coffee on my bike café. I was very happy to see so many people LOVED my coffee. I was also selling a bag with Japanese flag design for donations to be sent to Japan. A lot of people donated. Thank you ♥ The exhibition was fun as well. Lots of cool bikes and live music set up played by bicycles.
Photo by: Maria Therese Laub
I served free coffee with my homemade greentea + chocolate cookies ♥
Keirin Cycle Culture Café booth
The bike parts were filled with rice. (We made sushi after the show)
CharRie’s Café Interviewed on the biggest newspaper in Berlin ♥ Dankeschön ♥
+ I was interviewed for an article for a full page about cyclist outside of Japan. Find me in this magazine, BiCYCLE CLUB ５月号. ( ´艸｀) ♥ hehe.
More photos HERE.
Tags:Berlin · bicycles · cafe · exhibition
March 24th, 2011 · Rie - Nagoya · 2 Comments
I apologize this is not fresh post about Nagoya but I’d still like to share this with you here. I currently live in Berlin now (moved in 5 days before Japan got tsunami) This was my last event I organized in Nagoya before I left Japan.
Our first annual Nagoya Tweed Ride was held on February 19. We are not sure but it seems like any other city in all of Japan don’t do Tweed Run. We always like to do different things and need to feel different kinds of cycling culture from the world. So we decided that we needed a Tweed Run but not just as a part of fashion show bike run, we also wanted to understand the English cycling tradition with the London Tweed Run respect.
I worried how many people would be interested in, we didn’t have enough announcement and it was hard to find 19th century tweed clothing here in Nagoya. I was surprised and impressed that we had turn out of over 50 participates dressed up in their tweed outfits. We took place at night and had about 2 hours group riding in Nagoya city. We could appeal some cars in traffics that cars occupied road now but the road was originally made for a bicycle first not for a car so we dressed up back in century and rode for respecting people at that time.
There was also a Best Mustache Contest at the after party but not everyone could have real facial hair, you know we are Japanese. GOOD TIMES, GOOD EXPERIENCE.
Thank you for sharing.
More photos HERE.
Tags:bicycles · cycling · fun · Japan · ride · street · vintage
February 25th, 2011 · Rie - Nagoya · 1 Comment
Love Wheels Nagoya 2010 calendar was huge hit and we received so many amazing responses from just about every corner of the planet, Europe, US, Australia, Asia… including Afghanistan too. Thank you.
The 2011 Love Wheels Nagoya calendar is now available. I worked on all photo and layout/design of the calendar this year. I know it’s a bit late to advertise and printing a 2011 calendar now but yes, we always like to do different things, our calendar runs from February 2011 to February 2012. So you still get your 12 months. And this is also useful to use as a guide book to cycling into Nagoya City. We Nagoya local cycle girls are backing posing with our rides and favorite spots in Nagoya City.
Special Thanks to our sponsor. I feel so much love from you.
We love meeting with you guys from around the world and we’re eager to show you our fun city. Come see the real thing in Nagoya!
Calendars are available here. We will ship anywhere all over the all over the world!
International (Free Shipping): www.crankee.me
Nagoya - Circles
Tokyo - Blue Lug
Kyoto - Cosset-Bags , Karaido Cycle
Tags:art · beautiful · Japan · ladies
November 17th, 2010 · Rie - Nagoya · No Comments
Photo by: R A P H A
Nobeyama Cyclocross Race, the first single Speed championship in Japan sponsored by Rapha and IF Japan was held on October 30- 31, halloween. The race course was in the middle of Takizawa Pasture in the Nobeyama highlands. The big typhoon was moving around this area and heavy rain the past week helped to get very muddy and greasy course. Some racers got dressed up in halIoween costume and everyone looked having so much fun with shiny muddy face. I wasn’t in the race but I really enjoyed making my special hand brewed coffee on my bicycle there
Photo by: R A P H A
The race course got filled up with people cheering and ringing out “cowbell” was awesome. It was my first time to see real cyclocross race. I’ve only seen the race in the film or FSCX (Free Style Cyclo Xross)
in Nagoya. I got excited to see everything, cows and vegetables were in the middle of the course, the racers riding in greasy muddy pit and slipped off the bike…
This Rapha’s special made “cowbell” was sold and all the profits will be contributed for the players who participate in the world championship.
This is Rapha’s “COFFEE + MUD + CHOCOLATE” T-shirts, all the profits will also help the players to world championhip expedition expense.
The cyclocross race is awesome! It is not only categorized as just a cyclocross racer to participate in, there were some roadies, MTBers… I got to see some messengers from kyoto, nagoya, tokyo… even nagoya girls are not real cyclocross racers but they had so much fun to get muddy face.
The Nobeyama Cyclocross Race will be an internationl race in 2011 and will be carried out UCI registration. Looking forward to see more international racers.
Photo by: Yohei Morita – COG
Thank you very much Yano_san for inviting me as a coffee girl there.
COFFEE + MUD + CHOCOLATE = FUN!
Nobeyama Cyclocross Race
More photos HERE
Tags:bicycles · cyclocross · fun · Japan · race
September 28th, 2010 · Rie - Nagoya · 4 Comments
I went to compete in the Keirin Race at the Uchinada Velodrome in Kanazawa City for the annual Bang King Track Race on August 28 – 29. The event is organized by Daisy Messenger Nagoya and sponsored by Circles.
Girls Keirin Qualification
This event tends to be casual and light-hearted even though many race to win. Me and my friends dressed up as cheer leaders to cheer everybody and got in the Keirin Race. It was my third time this year and there were more girls than last year.
Many of the Nagoya cyclists were in attendance as well as cyclists from around Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kanazawa local…etc) The race is rather laid back and friendly, this is a weekend of racing, riding and BBQ event, but most of all a great excuse for cyclist to get together and have fun. It is easy to make lots of new cool bike friends from all over Japan especially at the BBQ party.:D
Nagoya cyclists drink and get crazy the most and can beat up other cities at the BBQ party but on the Velodrome, Tokyo messengers are always cool and take the top 3 at the most race evey year…
Everybody sleeps together like a school trip.:D
It was amaging seeing that some of the girls were the first time to ride a fixed gear bike until the day. Even the first time to wear a helmet & tight fit, the drop handle bars are required and the breaks are not allowed but they had no fear, all girls enjoyed riding and being in the Keirin Race.
Girls Scratch Race
Girls Keirin Race – Final
I got my special weapon GIANT. This is super light and fast! I even felt like I could finally be on my dream podium for the first time this year but all race I was in, I got the 4 th place, weeeeeeeeee… I hate daily practice and never do it.:-(
It is said that participation is more significant than winning at the Bang-King track race. Right?
I can’t to wait to go back and try to get on the podium again next year!
Thanks for sharing this.
More photos HERE.
Tags:bicycles · fixed · Japan · keirin · messengers · race