nous sommes allés au Studio Hermès à Ginza où nous avons vu les petits films
de Georges Méliès. L'espace d'Hermès était plus snob qu'intime, et
immédiatement quand un visiteur a pris son portable, une employée a lui
avancé et dit qu'on ne pouvait prendre auqun photo dans la facilité.
Une exemple de
leur snobbisme est le papier de programme : le texte français en
couleur blanc audessus de la fondation en couleur argent, et c’est presque
Il y avait deux projecteurs de film dans le studio, mais
le show pour ce jour était utilisant le Betacam video. La qualité d’image était
très agréable. Concernant le SFX il y a 100 ans, « Voyage à travers
l’Impossible » était très amusant parce qu’il était une longue production
de 20 minuits et exposait plein d’imaginations et efforts.
銀座エルメス最上階にあるLe Studio Hermèsで、今日はジョルジュ・メリエスの短編映画を観てきました。 建物はシンプルモダン、内装は安上がりですが、ちょっとスノビッシュに堅苦しい印象の空間で、展示に向けて携帯をかざした男性にすぐ女性係員が駆け寄って撮影しないように注意していました。この気取った雰囲気は手渡された小冊子風のパンフにも良く表れていて、フランス語原文の説明は銀色地に白抜き文字で読むことは困難、僕に言わせれば最悪のグラフィックデザイナー仕事。 さてスタジオの映写室にはフィルム映写機がちゃんと2台置かれていましたが、今日のプログラムはベーカムコピーでの上映で画質は予想以上に良好でした。SFXの開祖メリエスが手掛けた100年前の特撮としては、20分の大作「不可能な世界への旅」ががんばりを感じさせて楽しめました。
I thought of going to Kitazato University Hospital to have my eyes examined today, but woke up too late in the morning. The weather looked reasonably good and the wind was not so strong as the forecast had predicted, so I decided to run my bike to Lake Miyagase as an alternative plan.
I left home at 10:00 and Mt. Fuji was very clear at Shichirigahama beach of Kamakura. At Chigasaki, there was an underground pass through the railway in the west side of the train station, and I basically needed to follow the road to north-west heading Samukawa and Isehara.
I had two specific purposes in this ride: checking if BH Cristal bike is well tuned for one thing and testing how Route Lab (a route map guide application) functions for the other. We can create our own routes in their web site, and open the KML file on a web browser as we run. I tried it with my iPhone. I thought the refresh response is a bit slow and keeping the browser and GSP functioning on the display is not so friendly to the battery. It could run as long as 3 hours. I had an external battery as a backup. But hooking it up will occupy the socket for Wahoo ANT+ device.
I saw no bike riders on my way to the lake, but came across with three small rider groups in the north of the lake and I thought that Miyagase might be more popular in Santama area. The downhill from the lake was long and comfortable but windy, too. I headed for Sagami-Ohno station and incidentally passed the front road of Kitazato University that I thought of coming originally. Total 76km in a little over 4 hours.
replaced the chain for Cristal. I was running the traditional Hakone road the
other day attempting the climb-up before hearing the opinion of my friend, and
unfortunately (or actually luckily!) the chain broke and I got stuck before I
reached the point of truly steep slope.
fortunate because I had installed KMB’s Missing Link in the occasion of Tokoku
tour in October, and I could easily remove the chain from the frame. I picked a stone on the road
and hit the bent side plate back into the pin, which was a very primitive job but it worked. I could in no way continue climbing in this
condition, particularly against an extreme slope, so I descended back to the
nearby station at that time.
Ultegra CN-6601 chain that I had been using a little over one year, and I
pulled out the pins for a few times for maintenance or else, therefore the
chain itself may have been weakened, but my friend commented Ultegra chain
tended to be weak.
I installed the new CN-7901 Dura Ace chain on Cristal, and its smoothest feel
in driving was just dramatic in comparison. At the same time, I installed
K-Edge Chain Catcher in addition because the chain went off the ring twice
while shifting to the inner ring recently, and I felt the need for insurance. Its
installation was easy, and this mental peace with no worries about the chain is
so great during the ride.
the long story short, I bought this Rixen Kaul CO-811 seat-post bag because
when I climbed Mt. Shirane last time it took longer than expected and I thought
a part of the reason was the rucksack on my back that weighed 6 or 7kg.
projects with my roadracer bike are long tours across the country with minimum
packs, that is a roll-up carrying bag to fit the bike itself and a small
bag fitted to the bike frame. Contour Max Touring CO865 would be ideal for the
purpose but I thought Contour Magnum C0811 looked nicer with the roadracer and wanted
to try it to begin with.
Magnum’s capacity is only 6 litres, a 1/3 of my Deuter rucksack, and I need to
realize what can be practically packed in it. I put repair tools, a spare tube,
gloves, a chain-lock in the pockets on both sides. Putting rainwear top/bottom almost
occupied the entire bag space, and I had to be thoughtful choosing what to
bring: a very light wind braker, a fashionable T-shirt, spare
underpants and socks, Ricoh GXR camera and lens, small lunch and some extra nutrition.
is already full and it means the tour will be limited to a warm season under nice weather, but now the
winter is around the corner, I thought it might be the last occasion in this year to test run to Hakone a few days ago.
I hope to do a 2- or 3-night tour across the country next year. When the bag is
installed, the center of balance is lifted slightly and causes more prone to
the shakes, but I did not feel it seriously objectionable either.
When I asked a friend of mine what about the challenge of a hill climb
along the traditional Hakone route coming Friday, “absolutely reckless” was his
immediate answer, and he sounded right how rubbish the idea was to conquer 6km
uphill with a gradient of 8.8% considering the ability of my legs, so I came up
with an alternative tour route approaching from the opposite direction.
Unfortunately, the weather was forecast downhill, and it made me run out alone
yesterday. I left home at 7 in the morning, packing my bike at Zushi station to
pick up 7:35 train, and I arrived at Mishima at 9:20.
I was ready to leave Mishima just before ten, and the first section was
20km gentle inclination that took 90 minutes, and then started a more serious
hill climb to Otome Pass. I generally hate climbing and I quietly and patiently
drove the bike that took 39 minute to the point you can enjoy the view of Mt.
Fuji just before the tunnel.
今回のツアーの目的は、ひとつは先々の長旅を見据えて100kmの壁をクリアしておくことで、その際の条件としてサドルバッグと輪行袋という最小限の装備で走ること。Rixen and Kaulのサドルバッグは駅前の写真に写っているが、この件は別途書くことにする。
One of two major purposes of this tour was to clear the barrier of 100km
distance that I considered essential for the longer future travels on bike, and
the condition I set was to carry things in a single saddle bag and a bike bag.
You can see a Rixen and Kaul bag in the first photo in front of Mishima
station, and I will write about this bag separately.
The other purpose was the autumnal tree colors, and I planned to visit
Choanji Temple in Sengokubara, Hakone. Lalique Museum is nearby and I planned a
lunch at the Museum restaurant, LYS as a nice, relaxing repose during the long
It was 14:00 when I finished my lunch, and if I had taken the downhill
straightforward to Hakone-Yumoto, I was sure I would return home by 17:00 but
it would be short for a 100km challenge, so I took the route along Lake Ashino
via Moto-Hakone as originally planned, but I frankly thought it was a failure
because this was basically another hill climb most of the part, and it was long
and tiring after a relaxing rest. When I finally reached the entrance point of
traditional Hakone road in Moto-Hakone, it was already after 15:00.
On Route 732, soon came Otamagaike Pond where no cars practically stopped:
I took some pictures there, and then started the aggressive downhill. I passed
many hairpin curves following a car just a few meters away, and I thought I was
lucky not coming here from the other end.
My legs felt very exhausted
already near Hakone-Yumoto although the distance gained by that time was only
60km, but I was rather in a hurry taking 13 minutes to Odawara and further 50
minutes to Oiso. I stopped by at a convenience store in Oiso for something to
fuel in, and it was almost 17:00, so I put the headlight on my bike and the
rest was the running in the dark with the sense of hurrying, and I got back at
home at 18:00.
According to the news reported domestically,
Beijing International Marathon barred Japanese by intentionally eliminating
Japan from the nationality list in their registration site. Mean or vulgar is
the exact adjective for the quality of character like this, and I wonder if
such a word exists in Chinese dictionaries?
As of yesterday, they quietly added Japan
name to the list and appear trying to avoid the issue to be further heated, the
news followed up. The current site lists Japan on the top of several popular
country names, interestingly, and everybody can register by choosing “others”
and write down the exact nationality. The officials commented they never
excluded any nations. On the other hand, their guide states that Committee shall have the right to decide whether an entry is accepted or not according to the registration situation and
registration fees are non-refundable.
I stopped by at Red brick Warehouse today and the open square was packed with people in a fair gathering popular local tastes nationwide. Something that makes Yokohama attractive is the comfortable waterfront promenade like this.
EA70 handle having been delivered from Wiggle, I put EC90Aero back from BH
Cristal to Onix in order to install Campagnolo Chorus brakes and control
levers. The brake wires were in place as received, but as I wanted to change
their exit routing, I had to pull them out and reinstall which was not easy.
Also tough was sliding out the rubber pads of control levers.
As the heart of Shimagnolo mechanism, the rear
shifter pulley in the control lever had to be replaced with Growtac’s red
Equal Pulley, and its job was straightforward. I used Jagwire Kevlar outer
cable as I had some with me.
at the completed bike, finally after several iterations, its front side is now
entirely Campy while in the rear the cassette, the rear derailleur, and the
chain are Dura Ace. Campagnolo Chorus brakes looked promising as I watched them
while installing them with the lightweight comparable to Dura Ace, even pad
actions of dual-pivots unlike Planet-X CNC calipers, and the milder spring
tension than Shimano to allow lighter lever controls. I really liked these
The hybrid and thus not generally recommended "Shimangnolo" assembly actually settled by itself without any trimming which was a surprise
because I used to struggle as a normal procedure optimizing Shimano derailleurs.
The control ergonomics of Campagnolo STI may be inferior to Shimano’s,
particularly the inner thumb levers, but the shift itself in the rear gear was
so reliable with firm clicks of ratchet and with slightly heavier handling. The
front appeared more primitive that required 3 notches to complete the shift,
and the long travel pushing the lever to shift the inner ring to the outer was
not very comfortable.
It would take some time for me to become fluent with two
On Sunday, I went to Fukushima for a long ride from Lake Inawashiro to Dake Onsen through Bandai-Azuma Lake Line. The destination of Fukushima area was chosen partly to support the recovery from 3.11 disaster in Tohoku. The sky was purely clear in cities but when I got to Inawashiro station, it started raining! Still, I was determined to go up to Goshikinuma (Five-color Marches), and my new BH Cristal bike was baptized with mud in the heavier rain on the way.
I walked around Bishamon Marsh a little bit under unclear weather and since I realized that the forecast even predicted some thunders, I decided to give up running the Lake Line and took back to the station and went to Dake Onsen by train.
My wife hoped to stay at Sora-no-Niwa Resort but it was fully booked through October, and we ended up staying at Hinosato Azumakan that was also tight to book. Because of this high season, we expected the hotspring was busy, but the streets actually looked empty. A hugh Japanese lodging was closed and in front of it was a hotel being teared down. The restaurants were difficult to find for lunch. Azumakan was very comfortable though with nice interior through their recent renovation, the hotspring was excellent, and the meals were well considered and quite tasteful.
The next morning was calm and clear. The gondola lift to the mountain was not operating the day before due to the strong wind, so we were lucky this Monday in a long queue of hikers. The gondola is run by Fujikyu company and their hotel in front of the station was closed though it looked new. The building was seriously damaged by 3.11 earthquake and they had to cease the business.
The autumn leaves around the lift were beautifully colorful, but the view from the mountain top of Adatara was a bit disappointing without much red/yellow colors. We arrived here too late or the water shortage in the summer may have killed the leaves?
When I put BR-5700 brakes on BH
Cristal, it did not look right with the silver color mismatched and the lever “horn”
sticking out too much. I wanted to see how it looked with CNC calipers now on
Onix, so I moved them and they looked almost perfect. 105 brakes had to be
dismissed. Considering that the next was STI levers on Onix to be moved, I
thought I could make Cristal fully functional if only I moved everything on the
stem, and this work was rather simple. The only problem I faced with was the
tuning of FD-5700 that related with Bio Concept chain rings.
I worked again the following day
refreshing my mind and this time the status seemed everything set almost as it
should be, and the test run to Enoshima marked excellent 20 minutes. The
combination with the oval rings was satisfactory, and I was happy to see that
105 derailleurs indicated its high quality in the design.
The handle bar for Cristal was a
difficult concern. I had decided to choose a white bar cosmetically, but I
could not find a right product. Preferably carbon, Deda’s Presa was a perfect
example in terms of short reach, shallow drop and light weight design, but it
was only available in the size as small as 420mm for rather expensive cost.
Easton’s EC70 was reasonable but not as compact as current EC90AERO I use now.
The final compromise was EA70Ergo, because the budget was an important factor.
Upon delivery from Wiggle, I will redo the levers and wirings, and my Cristal is