Small shops: Chicara Nagata, Japan

There are custom bike builders and then there those who blur the line between art and function. Chicara Nagata is one of those, along with Shinya Kimura, and Ian Barry who’s bikes sell for no less than 1 MILLION DOLLARS. Why, because they are truly one offs. The pinnacle of the custom builder crowd. Chicara is like any other hyper exclusive line, going simply by his name, instead of the name of an idea or shop. Taking THOUSANDS of hours, each of his builds are very unique, sometimes beautiful, sometimes awful, all judged by the beholder, but non-the-less, truly beautiful as an exercise in art.



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About Dandooligan

Dandooligan CO, United States Every ride spurs the yearning for another and as such, has pushed me to adopt the riding lifestyle and all of it's challenges. This blog concerns those challenges from bikes to gear, media about bikes, and maybe even some psychology/sociology on the subject as well. Dandooligan, a mash-up of Dandy and Hooligan, both very important parts of me and my outlook on life. I'm also known as Spooph

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