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Ravanello Track Frame: Japanese Bike of the Week December 2020

'Ravanello' is the Italian word for 'radish' in English.

Pro-Shop Takamura (自転車プロショップ、タカムラ製作所) operates in the quaint back streets of Nerima Tokyo, a quick 15 minutes on the bike from my place. If you're at all interested in the inner-workings of a Japanese frame building workshop, there's some brilliant 360 degree photos posted on google of Seiichi Takamura's Ravanello workspace that are well worth checking out.

Crafted by frame builder: Takamura Seiichi of Nerima, Tokyo

Ravanello custom made bike frames are handcrafted for both professional and casual cyclists alike. No matter the style of frame, Mr Takamura's building philosophy is that it's essential to have a bike that fits with excellent 'running' and cornering performance.

"Ravanello, For Gentle Cyclist".

This striking blue Ravanello Track frame with Campagnolo dropouts that appeared on Yahoo Auctions the other week is a fine example of Japanese frame building and Mr Takamura's expert craftsmanship.

The rare 57cm frame ended up going for just over 100,000 JPY.

Photos courtesy of Yahoo Auction Japan

Ravanello: http://www.ravanello.com/bike/


DIG Tokyo Tours is a sole operated Tokyo bike tour, street food and walking experience provider, based in the offbeat Tokyo neighbourhoods of Nakano, Koenji and Asagaya.


Only a stone’s throw away from the major Tokyo sightseeing hubs of Shinjuku and Shibuya, DIG aspires to provide the discerning traveller with an honest local insight into the neighbourhoods and communities on the inner west-side of town.


Each of DIG’s immersive and socially responsible small-group, family and private offerings are unmistakably unique to any other tour operator in Tokyo. So jump on a bike or join me on foot for a whirlwind Tokyo cycling tour or colourful street food voyage through the vibrant backstreets away from the tourist crowds.


Learn more about DIG Tokyo Tours and Andy here.


Contact DIG Tokyo Tours

Company Address

3-9-10 Yamatocho, Nakano, 
Tokyo Japan, 165-0034

Departure Points

Bike Tours: Koenji Station, Tokyo City

6 minute JR train ride from Shinjuku Station.

16 minute JR train ride from Shibuya Station.

Food Tours: Nakano Station, Tokyo City

4 minute JR train ride from Shinjuku Station.

14 minute JR train ride from Shibuya Station.

DIG Tokyo Tours is taking all necessary precautions to keep its guests and local community members fit and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. For any concerns regarding tour itineraries or specific health and safety measures feel free to get in touch. I hope to see you over this side of Tokyo soon, Andy!