Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hanging out above it ALL

I am still working on the fotos from l'eroica.. I will finish that post soon. While you wait here are some photos from the polaroids I took when I had a chance to go up i a chopper with the door off...
the expired film is fp-100c from 2005 shot with a press-xener 127mm lens.. the wide angles are shot on fresh 100c with a 50mm sekor f6.3 built into a fixed focus body..











Friday, April 10, 2015

MAKING CHOICES for L'eroica California from my quiver of cameras and bikes..


HI WELCOME...

I am going to L'eroica California taking place the 11th and 12th of april in Paso Robles. When planning for a trip I usually consider if there will be a bike I can use when I get there :

eh WOT?



or consider taking a my favorite travel bike so I can get on on of trains and buses with ease.:
the simply amazing Giant MR4



sometimes I even consider taking the kitchensink along and riding a cargo bike.:


not the kitchen sink but somewhere around 60 loaves of bread , nothing to a bullit





      My point is that the  bicycle and the camera are both tools that I use every day and I am lucky enough to have more than one choice. Sometimes its simply a matter of the camera that has film in it or the bike that has air in the tires than makes the choice ,but often the choice has other factors to be considered. Just as a racing bike and a bob trailer is not the choice for a Keg run , a view camera is not something you would want to try to take photos of a punk show with.

In general I prefer to use bicycles that have older parts on them because they had a unstated design life and were often sold with a lifetime warrenty.  Now many of the new parts being made have a 2 year stated design life and unit replacement is the only option when something breaks.

 Other reasons include what I find visually appealing,  and the simple fact that a 1/2 X1/8 chain can be used much longer that a 1/2X3/32 and 5 speed chains last longer than 9 speed chains.
 Cameras are the same thing. I like older manual ones . And yet the old stuff (non electronic?) still works and is servicable, if you can find a camera tech or Bike mechanic to do it for you: many of the trained camera guys are getting on in years  and parts are getting scarce as stores are depleted so, while it can still be done its just getting harder to find someone to do it.
    Unlike cameras with vintage bicycles many of the most common spares for the older equipment have be remade in our times, Brake lever gumhoods,brake pads,and vintage style clothe tape are just a few of the things the bicycle industry has reproduced to help give those old bikes and parts a longer life.

As I was saying the ride usually defines the bike I will bring on it . That being said L'eroica california is one of the first rides that I have been on where the rules of the ride define what bicycle you can ride rather than the conditions and whim.

see the rules here:
http://www.eroicacalifornia.com/regulation
It boils down to a pre 1987 road racing bike..no MTB no Touring no cyclocross

OK, so here we have a ride/event that defines what I can ride. Of course my first instinct is to ride the bike I ride every day:

..it is all older than 1987, except for my front rack..and it almost fits the rules..(HAHA) it would be great because I know it can carry all my camera gear and handle dirt.. HOwever it is a fixed gear and the parts it has are old they are not the proper parts for the cycle as it was when produced and I do not wish to return it to that state, as the only parts I left on it were the seatpost binder bolt and the headset.

BEFORE....................................AFTER


reading further down the regulations I  noticed that vintage "postal"and other types are allowed on the shorter ride, and thought for a second about my 50's english sandwhich bike ,seen here done up for a Critical Mass anniversary about a decade ago.


complete with lanterns umbrella and blow up monkey!
it however is in a serious state of disrepair.

   Next I figure that it would be great to ride a frame made by my sensi's.., here again I have a problem.. I have a Jack Taylor ,touring/rough stuff bike,which would be great on those roads. but alas it has the wrong diameter wheels to be a racing bike



also considered, but Not legal. my curved tubed fixed wheel,  the  lo profile tt bike (fits the rules as far as parts but it is TT bike),  so they all are as useful to getting me into that ride as my  unicycle!
too new .....1996 model...





Well what bike should I bring then?
 My vitus-which has the same parts since I got it in 1983 or 4 ?
 it works but its soul less and has too many hours on it to still havee "snap". The entry level Gitane with sew ups and cotterd cranks?. I was getting low , cottered cranks ? I mean .....thats when I decided to celebrate the great state and ride my  RICK GARNER bicycle which was made sometime around 1976 here in California . Here is the story of my Garner.



    Rick Garner and his brother Mike had a bicycle shop in the Redwood city. I was a kid in those days so I don't know if I met him back then or no,t but it is likely ,  because looking back at old Bike World and Bicycling Magazines, I find that Rick Garner had more than a few Photo Credits , so he was a photographer ,and thus he probably took photos at events I was at,  in any case, I had no idea he made frames until this one entered my life. (There were two other brothers i do remember meeting- the Kornahrens's and Fred was a photographer and they made bike things too ,also south bay)..anyhow..

      The bike as I got it came with all the parts it was purchased with and lets one glimpse into a period of time in Northern California where things were just starting to change the world.
             I came to purchase this bicycle as I was riding away, down the bike path, from the Mill Valley Bike  Swap (trips for kids )  about 15 years ago. I was wearing a TA t-shirt (the one with FIFI on it)

different than my shirt but here is FIFI anyways 

and from 50 feet away I saw the TA cranks on this Garner ,that was being walked towards me on a shoulder with flat sewup tires(they look different flat). I slowed as I approached the guy carrying the bike and said "neat bike ,I like the cranks ,they match my t-shirt, besides you don't see many with black anyodized chainrings."
the bike as I got it (more or less)




His face lit up, "they were the last ones he had in the shop when I picked out the bike, he got them done special". Well a bit of negotiation, after that good start and I found myself in charge of this bike. The lack of wear on the drive train and the fact that grease purged from everywhere the first time I rode it leads me to think it has had very few miles on the road. The cranks were longer than I like at 175 and 49 -44 is not quite the range I need so I took of the cranks and pedals (shame to put wear on them as well) and put on some used 170's with steel pedals and a 50 42 for this ride. The rear clincher wheel I have changed out for the sew-up has a 32 tooth large gear so I should not have to walk unless the rise is so steep I can't mainain traction. The rear changer is a campag rally with the cast upper body.    I choose this bike because I feel  the soul and the story of this bike are is an example of some of the clues to how cycling got to where it is in california and the world today.

the bike as I have been riding it with changes as described above.




     This bike is much like bikes from europe of the day but having a few features that show where California cycling was going. I had a conversation with Rick the maker  some years after I got the bike and a few years before his shop closed. He said that they produced some frames (less than 50?) but did a paint a lot of bikes. If you take a look at  Bret Steelmans site : (http://www.steelmancycles.com/history.html )
you will see that he must have made his first frames , with some of the tools that made this frame because, he mentions that it was at Garners pro bike shop that he first had access to frame building tools, (although he had many vocational classes in high school).
       The paint on the bike is very fine..black with metal flake contrasted with creamy white panels. The decals interest me ..where did they come from? the top tube looks like it could almost be letrraset
with clear coat over it but the headbadge..this decal is something else



sorry big was the only way to show the detail

I can only think that this must of been something offered up by a local distributer such as Jevlot ,who at this time among other things was producing Campagnolo wall posters and cycle frames as well many other products that were sold wholesale (tirelife anyone?!!).
Another possibility could be he got the DECALS  through mike synard,  after all the toe straps on this bike are branded Specialized N230,




Black chainrings alloy clips..





 in any case- he did have decals made with his own name on them, and they look like you could have got any name you like in there when you ordered, of course, I could be way off base here and this could indeed be the Garner Family crest.


       I  still fondly remember the decade when this bike was made, I was 10 or 11 hanging out in the family bike shop I grew up in,   across from Golden Gate Park on Fulton st. I had been riding for a few years by the time of this bike . I first started riding on 20" sew ups(see my last post for a photo) and besides my grandmother , Mike Synyard was one of my early tire suppliers, small sew-up being almost as scarce then ,as they are now. In any case ,Mike was at first ,was one of the shops few motorcycle riding visitors, bringing tires and small parts on the back of a motorcycle( Richard Rosenberg the other moto regular at the shop came weekly picking up flat tubulars and dropping of last weeks that he has repaired). Kids notice things like motor cycles...
       I  later remember him coming one time in a car ,and having a trunk full of campag parts  after that I recall a few visits in the all so famous van. By then he had products with his branding , mainly tires and as on this bike toe straps , I am assuming that these were the only straps ever on these pedals becusae the pedals show almost no wear. I have no doubt he stopped at Garners as well, it was much closer to him than San Francisco.


      In any case some of the things he was selling ,our shop already had access to because we were importing Jack Taylor's and with them  TA cranks and rings as well as Mafac parts. We were friends with JW MURPHY imports down on shipley st  in SOMA ,who had their own tire brand General,which they had made in italy  He was also our neighbor where we lived ,his 3 daughters and I traded off bikes as we each in turn outgrew one and passed it down.- My point is that stuff  like TA cranks were  around but to take some rings  down the road and pay someone to make it black.. that was the extra step , that some people took in the 70's ..

Heck some of them didn't stop at just black..every body was doing something special
Why just look at the job done on these campy shifters by a constructeur from down near Paso Robles and the town of los osos the mad machininst  A.D.STUMP




.. Garner was in this Zeitgiest, and  wanting to be a player , just look at the milling on the seatpost if you doubt me..




  The bike has leather covered cinelli bars and seat and, except for the crankset is all campagnolo.







well enough about the bike.. lets talk cameras- unlike the bicycle more than camera can be used at one time..

    Similar to the method of choosing a bike from the quiver, the choice of camera has similar effects.
The only camera restriction I really have for the event is what equipment I can carry.
I have decided  however to use all vintage cameras, this only eliminates a few point and shoots from my selection of available cameras.

 I will use a 35mm Konica Auto-rex p made in 1965 as it allows me to shoot both 1/2 and full frame from the same body. I think that the macro 28MM F 1.8 (not a typo!) I have will be on this most of the time allowing for quick Hyper focal shots as well as the ability to get within 8 cm of a subject so I can catch the small details of the bicycles in the Concors. I will probably take along a 135mm lens as well..

My KONICA Auto Rex-P with the 28 1.8 mounted and MY great-grand-fathers
French 28 3.5 from the 50's which I will also use...





   I want to take some instant photos as well and this is where my choices get tough. I envision doing some heroic portraits from a low angle with a wide lens that will show a bike close up and the rider in a distorted view.. I can only do that with my mamiya Universal which was introduced in 1970, the 50mm f6.3 has a wonderful light gathering quality. Heres a shot from it I was trying out a super low angle on.





I also like to have a SLR instant camera for action shots and close ups .. The graflex reflex shows you the exact image that will be on the film but reversed like this..

on the ground glass the image is reversed, the cooke lens has a shallow focus.

It has a focal plane shutter, so it is great for available light.Becuase of the mechanics of the focal plane, I can handhold it without blur at 1/10 ! The lens I have in it is a cooke series two which hails from england, the lens came to me from my great grandfather, and is from before the war,  the Graflex reflex was made for decades but I think that mine is from the 50's the lens being from the 20's. its the camera on the left in this group shot..

my L'erioca camera selection and  about 200 instant shots and 500 35 mm shots.. I want to be able to do 100 portraits, do no think I am fast enough to do 100 but I want to have the film..

         The camera on the right is the only one I havn't mentioned, this is a modified Graflex Speed Graphic Pacemaker 4X5 that I have installed a Buhl optical (pittsburg) 9" F 3.2 Projector lens that I like to use for formal portraits and tilt shift land scapes.. I don't see riding around with this camera as I do at home , but rather having it set up on the square as another option to offer besides the Mamiya, this camera was made in the early 50's , the lens does not have an aprature so I use it wide open or with a Neutral Density filter.
        A little aside about the Graflex company: the company had its formative history at the turn of the last century and in a rather short period was bought by Kodak and then later spun off as required by some anti monopoly actions where the company was  finally named Graflex after an early camera model similar to my reflex camera. Before the firm was first aquired by Kodak it was called the Folmer Schwing company. As I understand it the company was started by FOLMER and SCHWING at the end of the 1880's to distribute Gas Lighting equipment and Sterling Bicycles. Later as cameras came to the market without a distrubution channel they took on cameras (gas lighting buisness was declining), Folmer felt he could manufacture a better camera (he was the inventor in the parternship). They came out with two cameras by 1896 one of them designed specificly for traveling with on a bicycle to meet the demand for such a product. By 1898 they had moved forward with a full camera line. After 1905 Eastman was in control of the firm and it was moved from New York city to Rochester.
The Pacemaker..with the lens I squeezed in to it.





    The film I intend to use is mostly Fuji film fp-100c which I will reclaim the negative from before handing the sitter the print. There is some Polaroid 669  for people that like that palatte, and some fp -100c that is the older type with no negative.. I will also offer 4X5 pola portraits for a price no object option, I love the look of the black and white 4X5 but can't find this  film most of the time...
 For the 35mm camera I will be shooting fuji acros 100 black and white.. I will bring a 120 back for the mamiya and shooting on the road while rolling., Color ? I might bring a 35mm roll but I don't think I will end up exposing it..unless the flowers are really popping.. well thats all for this post I have to pack it up and get ready to travel and shoot but come visit if you are at L'eroica and come back here soon to see my results of this adventure...
thanks for looking and have a nice ride!
yer pal ..Misster Pissta





Friday, March 20, 2015

Outlaw races At the polo Fields...

      After few balancing sessions in our bumpy back yard on 11th ave in the sunset my dad took me to the polo fields to ride a bike for the first time.. I never had training wheels on that first bike a 20" sewup tired Legnano with a 3 speed freewheel. I remember riding free for the first time in the east turn of the polo fields. I don't know when this was but certainly some time before 1971.heres a photo from a couple of years later at an event I went to at the polo fields  ..my mom made the shirt!!
the cookie, the levers on the top(right rear yech)the thick glasses..must be 71 0r 72  PLEASE NOTE:
no fence on the pole line(behind my elbow)OH yeah I am facing against traffic..
I didn't think about the polo fields much for a while other than it was a part of "my backyard" as I then refered to golden gate park. I went to a frisbee contest  at the polo fields sometime in the 80's , the frisbee people I knew came up to me and asked me if i wanted to change my entry from novice to expert as I did fairly well. I declined, and won a pair of roller skates from the skate shop that was opened on pier 39 to capatalize on the roller skate craze which was nearing a peak then ,,good thing as my score would have won me a moped in expert division... but I digress.. let me fast forward a bit..

I went to DC for Zo bags in 1991 and was reignighted with the urge to ride a fixie again  (I had sold my last "true "track frame in 198>? becuase I had outgrown it and I had got the converted gitane I had been riding fixed after that left me a new home a few years before),Anyhow after being rebitten I infected more messengers and after  a few years there was quite a group of us and I wanted to have races. The polo fields was the ideal place, I had a memory of it from bike events I had witnessed or taken part in earlier years having little idea of the great history before me except for in one of Raymond Clearys Golden Gate Park history books where a copy of one of the older park maps showed the polo fields as "the san francisco bicycle racing stadium. heres some flyers from that period when we had night races..















In those years I rarely rode there in the daytime except for maybe the odd lap.just too many people walking dogs and the like. the above flyer makes reference to that"its only safe at night" at this point there was still no fence on the pole line as there is today. SO it was safe to race with others and bump with out fear.
At a certain point the inner part of the polo fields was closed to refurbish the turf and maybe put in a new irragation system. They fenced the tunnel and put a fence around the inside of the upper dirt track to keep people out. For a few months we tried to race on the dirt ,but ended up going over the fence and using the track as we had. This continued for a while and they put a fence on the pole line during this time..
     We no longer felt safe on the track with others each of us fearing putting someone else into the fence more than going into it ourselves. We enjoyed these nights though and rather than give them up we resorted to having time trials on the track. This was rather boring so right from the start we started putting quarters down o a table of the possible finishing times with the closest bettor keeping the pool. We might still be doing that today but before they took the fence from the upper track down the park patrol caught us twice and that kind of ended the polo fields for me.. but I have always kept hope that it would be made right again some time .. and that was one reason we had those races to prove to the park powers that Citizens do want to use the track and will go to great measures to do so if its safe,..
another few photos from a lap of remeberence i rode in there..



Oscar Juner was central to the polo fields and races there from at least the 50's these photos below are from the ride to remember his life. I was the youngest rider there.. note the fence that caused me to stop having races there on the pole line..not something you would want to ride into...




American Cyclery was Oscars shop..(Orht on one of the above flyers was one of Oscars mentors..Oscar in turn mentored many a bay area racer..) Bradley currently at the helm at American Cyclery has done a smash up job of working through Oscars archives and has had some of it on display at the San Francisco International Airport..some of that show can be seen here:
license-race-cycling-golden-gate-park-polo-field-
AND NOW I LET YOU KNOW THE REAL REASON FOR THIS POST.. GET INVOLVED AND HELP GET THE POLO FIELDS RIDEABLE AGAIN.. THERE IS A MOVEMENT A-WHEEL;;
CHECK IN HERE:
Friends of the Polo Fields

Ok thats all for today ,but if you are so inclined I have posted content regarding Polaroids and the use of them on my other blog which is here:Manual Instant Cameras thanks for looking..and all the best
Misster Pissta
p.s. have a nice ride

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

coggy cartoon



found this in the process of sorting through junk now I can throw it away!!

check out zettes project..  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJrQebTbsKI


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

a life long quest ....continued


A life long quest :
 part two --MY first NJS frame and more about keirin



....please see previous posts for first part--







Photography is not allowd at keirin tracks--I was given special permission to take this shot at Keiukaku 'drome.
 
    The following should not be taken as fact...it is written from my sometimes sloppy memory..I doubt there are any grave errors but any numbers shoud be fact checked before taking them as true facts (in other words don't use this information for wikipedia or even your  school report on keirin)



           Keirin is one of 4 or 5 sports the japanese gamble on ,these include one spectacle, Boat racing  which is still on my todo list of events to spectate at. I think they bet on horses and motorcycles as well, in any case Keirin is the only one of these sports where the jockey is the powerplant as well as the driver.




       There are just under 50 Keirin tracks in Japan. The race series are usally 3 day events. Becuase of the nature of gambling the are strict measures taken to insure no shenannigans. The racers check into the track the night before the races ,residing for the 3 days of racing at the full living quarters for them on the site. Upon arrival they surrender their cell phones and laptops --no information is allowed in or out. They all eat from food provided to them. Many of the tracks have a small shop on site where items that may be needed can be bought, everything from toestraps to silly gifts to bring back home after the event to the children or partner. Some even sell drinks snacks and ice cream. In general the only people allowed entry into the riders area during a race series are officials and raceers other racers not in the series might be there but thats about it.
     There is a long process to become one of the certified riders,last time I checked there were over 1000 racers in four ranked catagories. To become a Keirin racer you must attend a two year program at the Keirin School. Applicants can start trying to get in at the age of 16 after you turn 26 (?) it is too late.

two kids out trainng for the entrance exam..




I met these two kids late december very early one morning in the town of USA south along the coast from Kochi. They were training to get into the keirin school. in addition to a written exam there was a cycling element required for admisssion. These two were trying to get fast enouugh to get in. I was riding the Jaques Anquitiell folding bike but one of them let me use their bike and I did a no handed trackstand for them ..they had never seen that. The mother of one of them was nearby and they got her to take a photo of me I gave her my camera and got her to take a photo of all of us. Here that is.. my feet are on the pedals........





 The photos below are from an issue of BICI SPORT . They show the scale of the Keirin school as well of the divirsity of the skills taught there. All things go towards making a rider worthy of being a Liscenced Keirin racer.








  I was riding randomly around Kochi ( on Shikoku)  ; That morning, I saw a motorcycle store that had some odd looking Mama-cheri (commuter) bicycles, I pulled over and stuck my head in, only to be shocked that there was a used ViValo  track frame on his wall. I asked the shop owner use his phone by sticking my thumb in my ear ad my pinkie in my mouth and was soon calling  Victoria who translated for me and informed me that it was indeed for sale.
I was there the next day to buy it and spent the next week building it up, I had at last found an actual Keirin bike underneath me. One that had been racing towards a finish line with wagers dependent on its outcome.




    (  That bike ended up in San Francisco after my Bilato  took up residence in Kochi. I sold that Vivalo to BRU who rode it a few years then sold it after fixes became hipster mobiles and he felt there was not a night dark enough for him to ride one anymore. I think the girl he sold it to totalled it in a crash after a few months. (the meme of the fixie is another future post).Bru is now found on top of a fixed gear ocassionaly-- his fixed wheel stead being one of the original Bernie Mikkelson  Kamikazi's  in white and green livery-which was formerlty ridden by Tony Tom. )

    



        Anyhow Keirin racing started over 50 years ago shortly after the second world war. The racer I have spent the most time with started racing then, his name : Shimizu-san. When I met him he was long retired from racing, his bike shop having pictures of him on the summits of all of Japans Highest peaks as a hiker, the acitivty he choose once he retired from racing.. The only clues that  he was a former racer were the number of old kingspeed bikes and frames in his shop which seemed out of place and time compared to the ( mostly used) commuter bikes that took up most of the space. Sadly his shop was bulldozed to make way for a road widening and I have since lost touch with him ,he was very old last I saw him hopefully he is still alive.




      Shimizu-san was very cold to me the first time I met him in fact the only other time I have experienced that feeling in Japan was when I visited Hiroshima , where that vibe was prevalent (maybe due to the constant reminders there of the Abomb?) . In any case Shimizu warmed up to me after I made some purchases . Everytime I got the chance I would bring Victoria there to translate and ask questions for me.

When Posed with the question :How long did you race Keirin he answered. Thirty-seven years….and four months! He told me that when he started racing there was no special school for racers and that they rode anybike they could find,obviously this changed quickly as Japan started to recover from the war. I asked him what his wages were and similar to the answers I received to that question from OSCAR JUNER (an american 6-day racer) he said he earned about as much in a night as a carpenter would in a week ! I noticed a diploma type certificate on the wall one visit and asked Victoria what it said, it was for wining a race in august 1950.
     We visited the library before our next trip to his shop. It was hard finding any information about the old races ,it is unlikely the San Francisco public library would have 50 year old  racing forms for the ponies ,so why would a library in Kochi have the similar items for Keirin especially with the stigma attached to gambling. We did strike paydirt however from the standard newspaper, for there was in each day an advert for the races at the track along with a start list for the day and the results from the day before.  Shimizus name was there. We made copies and brougt him one on the next visit he was overjoyed read off his friends names from the add and duely noted that back then women were racing Keirin (this is starting up again ).
   When Shimizu-san started racing in 1948 he  had to lie about his age becuase they didnt want any one racing that was younger than 17. He recounted to me those early times in the history of the sport, there was no school for racing , you rode whatever bicycle you could find just ordinary bicycles with the extra parts removed. As Japan recoverd from the war and resources became available this changed.
         Shimizu-san had a number of King-Speed frames around his shop, I asked about what he rode during his carreer and what made him get a new frame. He told me that he was always trying to find the perfect fit and geometry , Kingspeed was a framemaker that would make a frame to the dimensions he requested. He would always have a few racing buddies in line to buy the frame he was using when he got a new one , it seems that was one of his reasons for opening a shop when he retired, the fact that his design knowledge was respected by his peers. By the time I found his shop however everything in the
shop relating to keirin was covered with dust and /or rust.
       The going rate for fixing a flat in the bigger bike shops in kochi was about 3000 yen Shimizu-san would hook up one of the block locals ,or anyone who wandered in with a refurbished Mama-chari for about 6000 yen.. his used bikes wouldnt have lights baskets or kickstands on them however so you could add on a bit more money there, but still the best deal in town and he was so sweet with the old lady customers he made me cry one time....he just wanted people to be able to use a bike if they wanted at least thats the feeling I got from him -the average guy who became the average racer then the shop owner.. a feeling that made me happy to share the moments in his shop..then the last time I saw him he dropped the bomb on me.....
        It was the last time I would be able to see him on that trip to Japan and we had a nice visit..he was sitting on a low stool fixing a flat and we were outside the shop putting on raingear as it was starting to drop.. he stood up and grunted in pain..he said it hurts more in the cold..and through Victoria I asked if it was an injury from riding.. he laughed and I could see Victorias face change as her told her the other part of his story he had chosen not to share till now.
       He gestured to his coliflowered ears and said see? didn't you know? then he pulled up his sleeve and we could see the burn scars on his arm.. Two thirds of my body was burned. I was sent to Yokohama in the war and was caught in the fire bombing from a B29 bomber. All we had for medicine was a red salve ...
  The pieces fit into place and his first reaction to me made perfect sense ..how hard it must have been with me in his space and then to see that some Gajins were not to different from him. As I rode home in the rain the  I thought of his starting racing with a body still frail from the trauma of war..in a country in a similar physical state, hoping that Keirin would help the population forget the troubles for a moment while suppling funds to help rebuild the country. And as Shimizu-san recoverd the country did as well...there wasnt a high mountain in Japan he hadnt climbed..

It may have been free and easy when Shimizu-san started racing but its not like that anymore. There are procedures that must take place , Bicycles must pass scrunity, raceers communication is not allowed outside of the track for the days and nights of the race series. this photo below was up near the "fighting gate" where the racers enter the track, This chart explains the ways a racer may be disqualifed while in a race.


These are the type of things one learns in keirin school.. Not only the riders but also the officials must have the knowledge of these things on paper but also the mechanical aspect of the bicycle . There is so much more to write about this sport but I feel that I have been waiting to publish this peice for over 2 years asd if I try to make it complete I will never get to tell any of the other stories I want to share so I will leave it at that and hope that you look forward and check back here for dispatches on a more timely basis from the srteets of Misster Pissta.