I am travelling to Japan (arriving Osaka) mid-May to early-June and inspired by this guy I want to do a cycling tour.

There are a lot of things to consider, but obviously the first problem is the bicycle itself.

I'm looking at my options for buying a bicycle in Osaka to avoid the hassle of flying with a bike, but it just occurred to me that I might run into some issues - I'm 188cm tall (6ft2) so ideally I want a XL frame.

How likely am I to find a bicycle shop that will stock something suitable in Osaka? What are the names of some stores I could check out? Another important factor is price, so what price range would I be looking at? I'd definitely look at second hand bikes as well.

  • 2
    Japanese are getting taller every generation. A good pro bike store should be able to fit you properly. If you had time, you could even have a custom frame made. – RoboKaren Feb 18 at 0:55
  • 2
    It may not be as difficult as you think to travel with your own bicycle anymore. Some airlines don't even require you to box it; you can just roll it on. It's worth looking into if you haven't lately. – Michael Hampton Feb 18 at 3:59
  • While 188cm tall guys are not too common in Japan, you'd be able to find something. They are uncommon, but not that rare. – xuq01 Feb 20 at 22:33
  • 1
    My friend here is the same height as you and said he had to get his bike ordered in because he struggled to find one that was the right size. Not specifically Osaka, however, so YMMV. – John Feb 22 at 13:15
  • 1
    Hi Phill! Would you be willing to rent a bicycle for your visit? That would eliminate the need to worry about getting it home. There are bike rental shops in many areas of Japan, especially tourist regions. It's just a suggestion based on a quick internet search, not something I've actually done! – Sue Feb 26 at 0:15

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.