Tokyo Bicycle Swap Meet

While we were in Tokyo, we were lucky enough to meet up with Danny from Cyclism.jp and go to a local cycling club’s biannual swap meet. Swap meets are my favorite. They’re the best way to really get a finger on the pulse of the most passionate and creative expressions of cycling in a community.

Tokyo’s swap meet was no exception. Here are some pictures:

The Tokyo Bicycle Swap Meet, in a field way out at the end of the metro line next to the river.

The Tokyo Bicycle Swap Meet, in a field way out at the end of the metro line next to the river.

A slightly rusty Peugeot bicycle with all-original bicycle accessories

A slightly rusty Peugeot bicycle with all-original bicycle accessories

A King of the Mountains themed fold-up bicycle

A King of the Mountains themed fold-up bicycle

This dapper gentleman was an expert metalcrafter who made the chrome and filigreed bikes shown below.

This dapper gentleman was an expert metalcrafter who made the chrome and filigreed bikes shown below.

Hello, 80's bicycle! With pin-ups in the spokes.

Hello, 80’s bicycle! With pin-ups in the spokes.

What's not to love about this bicycle?

What’s not to love about this bicycle?

And, um, a cat food themed bicycle?

And, um, a cat food themed bicycle?

Chrome, baby.

Chrome, baby.

At first glance, from far away, I couldn't appreciate how special this filigreed bronze bicycle is.

At first glance, from far away, I couldn’t appreciate how special this filigreed bronze bicycle is.

Metal filigree chosen to look like John Wayne's pistol on every detail

Metal filigree chosen to look like John Wayne’s rifle on every detail

Metal filigree chosen to look like John Wayne's pistol on the bicycle handlebars

Metal filigree chosen to look like John Wayne’s rifle on the bicycle handlebars

Bronze detail on the bicycle frame

Bronze detail on the bicycle frame

This bike could really use some Walnut Studiolo leather bar wraps to complete it.

This bike could really use some Walnut Studiolo leather bar wraps to complete it.

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