Issue 24: Hirose, Handmade Derailleur
The imaginary vignette continues to a pilgrimage ride, where a bike is handmade too, and it’s ridden along the coast, after asking Mr. Hirose about his favorite route(s).
In a jersey pocket, I carry a Hozan tool, to disassemble the bike, and pack it up for the eventual trip back home.
While a marketer makes up a new buzz word to describe a modern, 11 or one-by drivetrain function, on the other side of the world, Mr. Hirose turns the lights on in his shop, and fires up a torch…
Instead of racing to a finish line, I find myself chasing a romance with the bike.