Two extremely cool middle-aged dudes were deep into an afternoon coffee at Bibliotec, in central Kyoto north of City Hall.
With their gray scarves, bespoke jackets, salt-and-pepper stubble, and high-end bike shoes, they personified a new type of cyclist.
One for whom cost is not an issue. Rather, style is.
The bikes parked in front of the machiya cafe are expensive, finely tuned urban machines.
They are as much of a fashion statement as the clothes the men were wearing.