Evolution of Donatello

So has it really come down to me posting once every month? SHEESH!

I posted on Sept. 10th about my new headset. WOW.  Since then BIG changes.  I wasn’t joking when I said big changes were coming.  But its been 4 months.

So before it looked like this.

Then in October I changed the rear wheel.  And that started a chain reaction.  Cranks, saddle, seatpost, stem, bars, front wheel, extra set of wheels.

Here is a picture after I changed the rear wheel only.

So I have a picture here somewhere after I changed the rear wheel, cranks, seat, and front wheel.  This is when I took a ride to Kyoto.  I have a video on TheCajunGaijin Channel about that.

I have a full set of the front wheel.  Rough Pista hoops with black DT spokes laced to StarFucker Mohican Hubs.  SMOOTH.  But I only use them for long distance riding and I am putting a set of 25c tires on them.

The back wheel is a H+Son TB14.  In the picture its laced to a Rizing hub.  But I later relaced it and a front just like it to a set of Starfucker Mohicans also.  Which you’ll see in the next picture.  Polished spokes and Purple nipples.   Also added drop bars.  And another new saddle.

Upclose of the wheel and purple nipples because they are sexy…

I apologize that for the last two pictures I don’t have nice high quality photos.  I haven’t been out to take a picture of the bike lately.  ITS REALLY COLD!!! I rode today for the first time in a week.  And its like 4*C out. This weeks low is -1*C all week.

Dunno when I’m going to be able to go out and get more photos.  But I wanna do another bike check soon for youtube.

I’ll make a post about the GoPro ride soon.  I need to redo the video.  I didn’t put any music to it and its just kinda boring.  So I’m going to redo it.  So hold tight for that.  Thanks for visiting.

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JVLOG Meet: Kansai 2012

So myself and RoninJapan91 put together a little JVLOG meet here in Kansai.  In Osaka to be precise.  We were unable to make it to the big meet in Tokyo for a few different reasons and so we decided that since there are probably a lot of people like us in the area who didn’t get to go that it would be fun to put together a little something in our neck of the woods.

So we did.  On December 8th we had a meet up at Tin’s Hall.  Which is right near Tennoji Station in Osaka.  This place is pretty happening and has been for about 15 years from what I’ve heard.  And its a great little place to get a drink and meet people.  They also have a really good burger selection and make a nice pizza.

SO enough about that you came for the video and pictures right?  Well I took out the GoPro to the meet.  This was my first time trying to use it for something like this. (I still have a bike video I need to post about here (T-T) sorry) And I think it came out pretty well.  As you’ll see I turned it one as we strolled to the station, and then used to do a little videoing at the actual meet.  All in all I think it came out pretty well.

Thanks to everyone to came out and I hope we can do it again.  BIGGER and BETTER!

**BONUS POINTS** if you are a video game nerd like me and can figure out the music that was used in the video.

And here are a small selection of pictures.  If you follow the Cajun Gaijin facebook page they are all there.  And also on my Flickr.

JVLOG KANSAI 2012 poster I made for everyone to sign then later give away.

Unrested and Nanairomiso

ChillinKansai

LaurenNihon and Myself(with awesome Christmas shirt from my grandmother)

RoninJapan91 and MCJangles

And last but not least RobotKoi

Now this is probably a good time to mention (as you see the nice girl standing there)that there was a gōkon (合コン) going on at the same time as our party.  So there were some people who came over to see us and have a chat.  Now a gokon is a mixer or a type of group dating that happens alot in Japan.  Another word for it is Konpa (コンパ).  But these are interesting in that they aren’t generally meant for one night stands.  They are meant with the intention of people forming friendships and possibly long-term relationships.

Interesting stuff. And I suppose your Japanese lesson for today.  Thanks for reading.

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Snowing in Nara!

So Saturday when I was on my way home from Osaka I got to my station at about 12:20 AM.  After I was walking for a bit I noticed it was really lonely out.  There wasn’t anyone doing anything.  But it was also really cold…Now normally I only work about 2 Saturdays a month.  And when I do work I com home alot earlier than this.  So even for me it was a bit odd to be out so late.

So I took out the iPhone and started recording a bit.  You can’t really make out the snow in the video so well but I suppose you can a little

And then I took out my camera and snapped some photos around my apartment.

It snowed pretty heavily like that for about 3 hours I suppose.  Or at least that I know of.  I might have snowed through most of the night.  On my instagram I have a picture of a car that has a bunch of snow on it about 45 minutes after the snow started.

It must have been about 2*C it was pretty cold.  And its even colder tonight and for the rest of the week.  All week the low is -1*C.

And they tell me it gets colder in January.  OH MY!

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HALLOWEEN

Happy Halloween everyone!

While I didn’t technically go to any parties or anything this week there were quite a few big ones in the Osaka area.  All of my schools had Halloween parties.  Many students said they would dress up.  I even got a 11 letters from one of my classes talking about the party.  Made me happy.

I did go to a party 2 weeks ago.  It wasn’t really a Halloween party it was on the 20th and I did dress up.  I was the only one who was wearing any sort of outfit and alot of people loved it.  It was actually the anniversary party for my friends juice shop.  But it turned out to be a gōkon (合コン) or mixer.  I didn’t know that until I got there.  Was my first experience for that sort of thing.  There were 200 people there.  Normally for these things you pay to get in.  Guys pay more than girls because there will usually be more guys.  This particular party the cost was 3500¥/guys 3000¥/girls.  And it was from 7PM to 5AM.  Because in Japan trains quit running at 12:30AM and it was in a town that is about 40mins away by train from my home station.

Now I got a discount to get in because of my friend so I only payed 3000¥.  But this was Nomihodai (飲み放題) is an “all-you-can-drink” party.  So you pay to meet people, and drink all night.  Now I’m not saying I was drinking all night.  But I did drink a few.  Might as well if you payed to go right.

But I did see a few people I knew and met alot of new people.  Got a phone # and some new LINE contacts.  All in all it was a good night.  Here are a few photos that were taken by one of the guys I met and later forwarded to me from one of the girls.

All were on my instagram but I know alot people don’t follow me there.

This is my friend Maico-chan I met awhile back at NaraStarMix.  I was passing out Glowsticks and GlowBracelets it was a big hit.

Now for the random pictures taken of me threw the night.  I’m probably in over 50 pictures in random phones all over now…
These are just a few of the ones that were forwarded to me by one of the girls I met.


And the sunrise when I finally got back to my station around 6:10AM

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Sunset in Nara

About 2 weeks ago I went up to Nigatsudo Hall and took about an hour of video.  I’ve been wanting to capture the sunset or sunrise for awhile now.  Its not perfect by any means and I forgot to even bring a tripod.  So I’ll have to do this again when I’m more prepared.  This was more last minute than anything I just happened to be there with my camera.

Please enjoy and let me know what you think.

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New Headset

So I got a new headset on the bike.  Took of the DiaTech Ball Bearing headset and put on a Ritchey Logic® Headset full sealed titanium bearings.  Not only is it lighter but it looks alot better too.  And its smooth as butter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve just about Skidded my way through the back tire all ready.  Mostly due to the hills/mountain here. Nara City itself is located on the side of a mountain. So I ride up the mountain when I go into town but down it when I come home.

I say that though because I hadn’t really noticed that it was bothering me until I rode home on the wet roads last night and realized I have almost 0 traction on the rear tire last night.  NO GUSTA!

BUT I have another upgrade coming very soon.  And I’ll either have a wheel/wheels up for sale or I’ll be building another bike and selling that.  We’ll see what happens.

 

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New Show?!

Check this out!

 

Me and Anthony(MCJangles) are starting a live show in YouTube.  We are gonna try to broadcast on Sunday nights.  Possibly 10PM JST so thats 7AM CST in America.

Tonight was the first show.  It was planned very far in advance it started at 9:05PM JST and was planned about 15 minutes before that.  They go for about and hour or so but only about 30-45 minutes is the content at hand and the rest is chat time.  If you are there for the live show you get the full experience.  The content is then trimmed and posted up to the channel.

Last nights show was CameraTalk: JVLOG.  Whats in our arsenals and what do we recommend for JVLOGGING.

If you have about 35 minutes there is some good info in there for camera stuff.  But we’ll be working out the bugs and getting this down to a real show hopefully later.  I’ve got some more ideas for guests.  I want to bring in more not so publicized JVLOGGERS lots of guys and gals who aren’t well known and help them grow their channels.  Get them out there.

If you have ideas or tips then please feel free to drop them in the comments here or on the video.  If there is someone you want to see let us know.

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JVLOG 003

So I finally got a new one posted up.  Thanks to SuperScheu for the help.

So there it I’ve got another couple of blog posts I need to do.  I just stay busy sorry guys.

Check out Matts Blog here.
http://supershy.wordpress.com/

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Leader 722 Heritage Edition

So I got a new bike.  And its time to do my bike check. So here are the pictures and then I’ll do a part rundown.

Frame: Leader 722 Heritage Edition (Green) 58cm
Cranks: Sugino RD2 (White) 170mm – Sugino 44t Chainring
Pedals/FRS: Animal Hamilton PC (Purple) – Burro Bags straps “Reggie” (Purple)
BB: Diatech
Chain: Izumi
Wheel Rear: GranCompe Fix/Fix (Black) 120mm – Mac spoke (polish) – H+Son SL42 MBS (White) – Victoria Randonneur 700x28c
Wheel Front: GranCompe (Black) 110mm – Mac spoke (polish) – H+Son SL42 MBS (White) – Victoria Randonneur 700x28c
Seat/post: Resist Icon Pivotal (Black) – Sadio (black) seat post
Headset: Diatech 1 1/8″ Integrated Ball-bearing (Black) – Purple spacers
Stem: Leader Plisken
Bars/Grips: Nitt0 259AA Risers (Polish) – ODI Longnecks (Purple)
Fork: Leader S803 V.2 Chrome
Brakes/Levers: Diacompe Brakes – Diacompe levers (Polish) Tubing (black)  In Japan the law is 2 brakes all times or 50,000¥ fine.
Lights: Knog Blinders (Gunmetal/Black)  These are awesome because they are waterproof and rechargeable.  SO BRIGHT!!!

To be honest the only things I really can say I’m disliking is probably the fork because its a little heavy so I’ll probably go carbon eventually.  But it gets the job done.

The headset gets the job done also but I will change it to a sealed bearing headset soon.  Its just that at the shop when we built it the only sealed bearing headset he had on hand was a ChrisKing and I wasn’t dropping the money on that.  Its just too ridiculously expensive and not worth it.

I’m also going to change the wheels eventually.  I want to go with a box type wheel in either polish or black.  Something like that H+Son TB14 and the new Resist Nomad 28c in gumwall.  Oh so sexy.

Here is a few shots from out and about while exploring.

At Heijo Palace Restoration Site.

The Todai-ji Great Bell

Chillin with the deer at Todai-ji

So far the longest ride I’ve done is about 15km one way.  From Nara City to Tenri.  I’m trying to get back into a condition where I can ride more.  I’ve got a pretty low gear right now 44/17 but I’m thinking I’m going to change the chainring to 46 so I can get a little more top end.  I have a few hills but for now I need to condition myself more to just not be a wuss and ride up em.  if I go up to the 46 they will be a little tougher but then at least I won’t top out as fast on the streets and going down the hills.

Here is a video I shot for my bike check.  Check it out.  Its just a quick video that a friend helped me with.  So its not perfect by any means.

Also check out my setup on PedalRoom.  Up to date info goes there.
http://www.pedalroom.com/bike/2012-leader-722-heritage-edition-6283

Shoutouts:  

The boys at Guell Bicycle Store in Nara.  Without them this wouldn’t be possible.
Leader Bikes
The Heavy Pedal  I need more stickers! and I need to pick up one of those new shirts.
Burro Bags.  I love my straps and I need to pick up a messenger bag when I get a chance

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Its been awhile…

OK.  So I don’t know whats going on.  I apologize at the lack of content.  I say that I’m going to make posts and it doesn’t happen.  But right now I have no excuse.  So here it is a bit of an update.  In approximately 10 days I will have been here for 3 months.

I got my bike and it drastically widened my perspective of my area.  I’ve found 2 new supermarkets.  One is about a kilometer or so down the road and its called Trial.  Its fantastic because its open 24 hours a day.  So that means even when I come home late from work I can hop on the bike and go shopping.

So after I’d been in town for a couple of weeks I went out to Kofuku-ji with a friend on a day off and snapped some photos…for the sake of saving my time and yours I’m only going to post a few…

The day my bike came in was when Typhoon Guchol came through, maybe you heard about it.  I got a good picture of it coming over the mountains from Osaka because work was cancelled that day.

 

 

Then I got my bike and on a day off rode up to Todai-ji and up the mountain.

 

You can't really appreciate how big this is unless you see it in person

Amazing building that affords a fantastic view over Todai-jiAria view of the Nara City from Nigatsudo

OK so as far as real travels go thats really about it.  I go into Osaka City almost once a week.  For the last 2 weeks I’ve been there everyday.  I’ll try my best to do most updates for the blog as I can.  I also want to update the YouTube channel more but i’ve got some ideas as what I can do with it because I don’t know if I like the direction its going.  We’ll see.

Anyway I am alive and well.  I turned on my Air Conditioner for the first time yesterday.  I was hoping to make it to August but it just didn’t happen.  Its been so hot I figured that if i had the windows open then I would get some kind of cross breeze but it just doesn’t happen.  I need some kind of box fan in the window I suppose if I really want that to happen.

So I’ll do my best to come here with little updates from time to time.  My Japanese skills are not really improving at the rate I hoped.  I still haven’t mastered Hiragana OR Katakana.

Mostly its my own fault because I’m more interested in riding the bike out to meet people and spend time talking to people and picking up little bits here and there instead of studying in my room where I get nothing accomplished.

Here is a link to my photostream on flikr http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigtoepfer/

Also I have instagram now and you can find me there at “thecajungaijin”
I post pictures to instagram almost everyday.  Lots of quirky little Japan stuff.  Including the Matsuri I went to Saturday night.

I have a short video and some pictures I took from that I’ll try to get to YouTube soon.

I’ll be in Osaka on August 1st.  There is a HUGE Hanabi festival in Tondabayashi.  I will be there.  And its touted to be the biggest fireworks display in Japan.  So I’ll try to get some pictures or video footage.

Take it easy everyone.  Thanks for reading and putting up with the lack of updates.  I’ll do my best update at least once a week if not every 2 weeks in the future.

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