Comfy British Cycling Shirts in Japan at NORU
NORU Kyoto first floor of the Yokai SOHO building Kyoto japan -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
NORU Kyoto
first floor of the Yokai SOHO building
Kyoto japan

I stopped by NORU Kyoto today, which reopened after a summer hiatus. I'd mentioned them last May in Discovering Kyoto’s Wonderful Toji-in Temple on a Tour with NORU.

I picked up a nice quick-dry T-shirt from Morvélo, a British cycling brand.

My New Shirt Kumiko was helping the guys out at the shop -- NORU -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
My New Shirt
Kumiko was helping the guys out at the shop

I think that NORU is the only place to get them in Japan, though I suppose you could get them directly from the company if you didn't mind paying more plus shipping.

It's much more expensive than the 500-yen Uniqlo T's that I wrote about three years ago, but also much more comfortable and stylish. The price is on par with comparable T's from the Under Armour brand that I like so much (and whose stock I own), but I've got to admit that I like the Morvélo style better.

I learned today that vélo means bicycle in French.

I almost bought this retro-looking jersey, which to me looks like a movie poster from the 1930s, but held off until I get a better feel for what size will be appropriate when I start riding a real road bike.

I also picked up a Chapeau! base-layer T-shirt whose fabric felt so good when I came across it on the rack that I just had to have it. I think I'll wear it around town as opposed to waiting for it to be cool enough to wear it while cycling.

Chapeau! is another British cycling brand that I think is exclusive in Japan to NORU. Chapeau is of course French for hat, but it's also the cycling term for kudos, a verbal hat tip recognition of something well done.


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“Chapeau” indeed means “hat” in French, but it is also used to say “kudos” in French 😉

Oh, I thought it (“chapeau” as “kudos”) was just a cycling term. Got it, thanks. —Jeffrey

— comment by Nicolas on September 22nd, 2015 at 4:32am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I believe that “vélo” is a shortening of “vélocipède”—the name for early bicycles.
(Writing from the Kitsilano area of Vancouver Canada.)

— comment by Ted Powell on October 6th, 2015 at 5:24am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink
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