ACTIVIST PROFILE: CHRIS TOLLEY – BOSTON

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ACTIVIST PROFILE: DANIEL KAMIYA – TOKYO

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From Toronto to Tokyo with Entrepreneur Daniel Kamiya.

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Featured Store: tokyobike – London

Tokyo Bike Orontas

tokyobike is a small, independent bicycle company founded in 2002 in the quiet Tokyo suburb of Yanaka. The name was derived from the design of the bikes. In the same way the mountain bike was designed for the mountains so tokyobike was designed for Tokyo.

Based on the concept of ‘Tokyo Slow’ the bikes are designed to be light to ride with an emphasis on comfort over speed. The bike is simply a way to enjoy your city, as much about the journey as the destination.

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FEATURED STORE: GALLANT BICYCLES – TORONTO

Gallant Orontas

Gallant Bicycles is a made-to-order bike shop in downtown Toronto started by Jason Wood and Tony Mammoliti. In addition to retailing Orontas in their Bloor St. shop Gallant uses Orontas when assembling their custom bikes right here in Toronto.

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ACTIVIST PROFILE: KRISTIAN HAKANSSON – SWEDEN

Kristian Håkansson  - ORONTAS

Malmø-based graphic designer and velodrome advocate Kristian Håkansson is also organizing this years Un Giro Di Sporco Sud; a 100km race around Scania, Sweden.

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FEATURED STORE: MISSION BICYCLE – SAN FRANCISCO

MISSION BICYCLE - ORONTAS

Mission Bicycle Company began with a simple premise: Give people the bicycle they want and they’ll ride. To that end, each bike is custom designed by each rider, and then hand built in San Francisco. In addition, Mission Bicycle curates unique and locally made accessories for the city commuter.

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ACTIVIST PROFILE: VINCENT SACCOMANI

Vincent Saccomani ORONTAS

ORONTAS: What’s your day job?
VINCENT SACCOMANI: My day job is splitted betweeen taking care of adidas eyewear bike team, regarding products, new riders, contracts etc… and also working on the marketing for OSIRIS shoes in France. I’m also part of the FMBA board, which is the association managing the MTB Freeride World Tour.

On the other side, i’m always in touch with different companies, working on some projects, etc…

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FEATURED STORE: GEAR SHOP – BRISBANE

GEAR BRISBANE - ORONTAS

Gear Shop Brisbane opened up in January 2009, founded by a dutch national, who found his way to Australia in 2008. Over the last 4 years the shop has grown considerably from stocking just a few completes and frames to stocking over a 12+ completes on rotation, countless frames and parts as well as distributing for Leader Bike USA and Colossi. They have only 23 square metres of floor space and have squeezed stock into every space possible including a fully functioning workshop. What sets Gear Brisbane apart it it stocks a range of street wear and accessories from brands such as Cadence, Chrome SF, Mission Workshop and of course Orontas. The store is literally packed to the rafters with every fixed gear product imaginable from vintage steel frames to newer fixed gear bikes. Gear Brisbane is not your average bike shop.

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ACTIVIST PROFILE: THE DEADLY NIGHTSHADES

Formerly a design collective, the Nightshades have spun their upstart, in-your-face brand of fashion into a roving midnight bike gang. Their mission: to fight the evil forces of toxic air-kisses, and stake their claim as the new generation the fashion industry.

ORONTAS: What are the Deadly Nightshades?
DEADLY NIGHTSHADES: We’re this enigma of a design collective/bike gang/girls best friend group. We just do our own thing, and we like it that way. Some people think we’re going to be like the Spice Girls where we do everything together exclusively and show up to events at the same time wearing full matching outfits. Not so. We’re definitely more like the Wu-Tang. We’re all independent creative forces that collaborate in various ways and support each other in what we do. Then every now and then we all come together and do something huge together, and we run with our own talented crew of Killa Bees.

(P.S. Wu-tang if you’re reading this… holla at your girls.)

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FEATURED STORE: BICYCLE STORE – PARIS

Since 2008 Bicycle Store Paris has specializes in high-end Fixies, Beach Cruiser, Vintage Italian bikes and Brompton folding bicycles for city use. The shop is presented in a concept store design and layout very different from those found in traditional bicycle shops. Each season the shop is used as a gallery for different artists they love and want to showcase.

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