Another shop that I wanted to visit in Osaka was the Track Supermarket. It’s not the typical store I’d go to, because I would normally go to either triathlon or road racing stores. But I realized that they didn’t have many of those in the area, and my friend suggested that I go here to see a different cycling sub-culture. It was good that I was able to carve out some time to go here and look for it, and it actually wasn’t too far from the touristy areas like Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori. I actually wasn’t sure where it was and I thought I might be lost, but when I saw this, I knew I was getting near.
This is what the store looks from outside. There’s a lot of bikes–some are for sale, some are owned by customers, and some are the store owner’s.
As the name suggests, the store is primarily focused on track bikes. And there are a lot!
Here are a few selections from Bianchi, Cinelli, and Durcus One. They seem like they were specced by the shop owner himself, since the configurations don’t look stock.
This vintage Masi is owned by Rene (the store owner) and it’s just one his many bikes.
I also saw this cute (there’s no other word to describe it) Bianchi in celeste green.
Going in the store is like visiting a candy shop! There are a lot of goodies hanging on the walls and cieling, and you really have to look closely to spot some of the gems. I’ll try to point out the ones that interested me, but feel free to comment below if I missed anything!
This section has a few handlebars, rims, and tires. There’s also a nice selection of bar tape and stems.
There’s also a few nice cycling caps. I got my friend the grey Campagnolo one, and I chose the blue Shimano one.
These Cinelli caps were also nice!
A lot of the frames are local Japanese brands used for track and keirin racing.
This is one of my favorite bikes in the store, with vintage Campy disc wheels and a crazy Nitto drop basebar (and it also has a crazy price tag). The stealth black road bike in the background is also Rene’s, it’s a custom painted Cervélo R3.
There are also a few kid’s and BMX bikes for sale.
A huge selection of chains and locks in every color imaginable.
Some classic rims and hubs, perfect for an old-school steel bike.
This is another favorite of mine, the Cinelli Alter stem. I just wish it fit oversized handlebars so I can use it on my bike!
A few frames freshly delivered from the frambuilder.
One of the highlights in the store for me was seeing this 3T Sphinx track drop bar. Definitely a sexy piece of carbon.
A few random wheels from Mavic, Easton, Corima, and ENVE.
Some more bits and pieces like grips and bar tape.
There are a lot of things to make a cyclist’s mouth water in this store!
I saw what looks like a small fit bike in one corner. Interesting to say the least.
A smattering of frames from different framebuilders like Nagasawa and 3Rensho.
A customer’s bike being worked on, as well as some ENVE wheels being serviced.
This is Rene, the owner of the store. He’s married to a Japanese and has settled down in Osaka. I had a long chat with him and he was very accommodating. He even took out some rarer cycling caps for me to look at and purchase.
If you’re in Osaka, pass by Track Supermarket. It’s at 1F-1-20-20 Minami Horie, Nishi Ku, Osaka Shi, Japan. A map and directions are in their website. Have fun!