I chose to buy a new one as a second hand ones costs more ... I know that living in Japan I "should" ride a Nagasawa or Watanabe or at least a Panasonic etc etc...
But for what I want to do with it (having fun) I don't want to spend 200000 yen.
Don't misunderstand me, I love the real keirin pist bike and how their owner customize it (you can check my gallery ... and more to come soon). But what I wanted now is a "cheap" good looking and with average good parts bike.
So I looked for a while for the best I could have for a very reasonable price and ended up to choose the Fuji Feather Model 2009 (<- full spec on the page).
I think it was the best shot for me : 71000 yens for a complete bike, not even the price of a new Panasonic frame...
Plus I ordered it from qbei.jp based in Osaka, they have a 10% discount right now on this item, so I eventually paid only 66000 yens (including the registration cost and delivery). (First I wanted to buy it from my local seller but he doesn't sell Fujis...)
So What do I have for such a price ? Let's open the box :
First the box was huge!! about 1.75m by 40cm!....Wow, why that?
Well as you can see, the bike was totally built up and ready to ride!! Thumbs up to qbei.com!! I just had to adjust the height of the saddle.
Amazing, ordering from the net I expected to have to mount it from scratch... That was a nice surprise.
So now what is funny is that they really built it as the law says a bicycle should be : with brakes, lights and a cute little bell! ah ah.
For now it is on a single speed "mode" but the rear wheel has a flip flop hub so I can change it easily to a fixed gear.
I am really happy with my choice. I was not sure about the color, hesitating between the dark green one and this light blue (also available are black and pink).
But this blue looks much better for real than on the pics. And I can tell you I have already some ideas to improve the look... eh eh ;-)
I am going to do what I think is stupid and other do for their car or PC : "pimping" it (well just a tiny bit) : in French you can call me a Jacky :)...