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Old 11-23-21, 12:43 PM
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My Stratos, Panasonic and Nagasawa.
I'm curious about the front brake setup you have on the Nagasawa. It seems you would need both brake levers to apply pressure to the front brake? Is there a technical reason for doing this? I haven't come across this kind of setup before.
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I'm curious about the front brake setup you have on the Nagasawa. It seems you would need both brake levers to apply pressure to the front brake? Is there a technical reason for doing this? I haven't come across this kind of setup before.
The adapter I have used is from JTek engineering. It allows me to apply the front brake independently with left or right lever.
Im not running a rear brake so didn’t want a redundant lever.
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The adapter I have used is from JTek engineering. It allows me to apply the front brake independently with left or right lever.
Im not running a rear brake so didn’t want a redundant lever.
And it looks like you use the same front caliper adapter on your Naga and Stratos too. Have the same on my own sw8 phiksie...




There is another poster here who has a few bikes made from NJS frames - I should remember who but unfortunately I ain't that sharp anymore. I s'pose he'll be along ...

Hope you don't mind my mentioning that your builds are...errr...eclectic, to say the least. Should make an interesting discussion, if you'd care to. My up-until-now regular rider is a made-in-Italy track(tarck?) frame that I originally insisted on building-up full-bore Italian. That was cool but as I replaced parts over the years - it somehow morphed into a weird(?) multi-national mix

Ride safe and enjoy them purdy bikes of yours and Happy Thanksgiving everybody...

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The Fairdale and Nagasawa are liiiiiit. Would ride.
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Appreciate the reply. As much as I like the all NJS look, we have to run brakes in the UK to comply with law so for me the full njs look is already compromised. I also ride long distances and the njs bars aren’t comfortable.
Im also running the front brake adapter on the Nagasawa but it’s not as visible because I spray painted it with black etch primer. Wasn’t sure wether it would work but pleased with the result.
The Stratos was my first njs frame and I just wanted a classic look with silver components, the Ofmega cranks came free in a bargain buy. Built the wheels up with Miche track hubs and Araya rims and it rides nice.
The Panasonic is a keirin custom build from the Panasonic Ordering System. It’s a training frame built for a keirin rider for road training, as the rules for brakes in Japan are the same as UK. Hubs are Mack built into Araya rims. It’s Tange 2 tubing so slightly more robust for the roads. It’s my go to for riding our potholed roads over here.
The Nagasawa is my dream frame. I appreciate some won’t like the build, but I wanted it to be different. The stem is a Mutant and couldn’t believe it when I found it on EBay for £50. The cranks are BLB Super Pista, pretty inexpensive as cranks go but look real good. Hubs are Harmony track from the Ukraine, I built them into H Plus Son shallow rims. Finished it three weeks ago and haven’t ridden it yet. It’s getting packed into a bike box and taken to Spain, where I’ll ride it in the sun until I’m too old too ride anymore.
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Recently I changed the bar setup on the RockHopper by lowering the touring bars and that is working quite well. The bars are in the normal touring orientation and have a drop of a bit over two inches below the saddle where the brake levers meet the grips.





i had been pondering a similar switch on the road bike. On Saturday morning I got inspired to do it, but, because of the taller frame and limits of the 150mm stems I have on hand, I had to flip the bars into the “moustache bar” orientation to get a reasonable amount of drop.







So I went with it and also used road brake levers in the moustache bar orientation. These bars are 22.2mm clamp but luckily I also have 22.2mm clamps for my Weinmann non-aero brake levers. The drop is a bit more than I want, about 3 3/4”, so I’m going to get a 150mm Control Tech stem like I have on the RockHopper and use a quill adapter. That will allow enough stem height to get the bars back to a similar 2.5” drop or so.

Even as it stands, I had two rides this weekend and no big comfort complaints. It’s just a matter of trade offs between optimal height for various sitting and standing positions.

So, yeah, I think this is good.

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Old 12-07-21, 01:40 PM
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Airolg (Gloria Milano) dinglespeed rat bike, very nice geometry, bike just flyes.
My favorite part is the condorino style handlebar.
It is getting new wheels and tyres at the moment, also a new crankset...







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Old 12-08-21, 02:58 AM
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What caliper adapters are those? It looks really clean.
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Old 12-08-21, 04:44 AM
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What caliper adapters are those? It looks really clean.
They work in the same way as quill stems clamping up into the fork.
Available from Alex cycles and Track Supermarket.
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Old 12-09-21, 06:13 PM
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Airolg (Gloria Milano) dinglespeed rat bike, very nice geometry, bike just flyes.
My favorite part is the condorino style handlebar.
It is getting new wheels and tyres at the moment, also a new crankset...







Nice set up!
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Old 12-09-21, 07:56 PM
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Airolg (Gloria Milano) dinglespeed rat bike, very nice geometry, bike just flyes.
My favorite part is the condorino style handlebar.

I do like condorino handlebars. I had a set on an old Italian city bike; the narrow width is perfect for weaving through tight spaces. I gave the bike to my son when he went to college, and it was stolen there.
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I do like condorino handlebars. I had a set on an old Italian city bike; the narrow width is perfect for weaving through tight spaces. I gave the bike to my son when he went to college, and it was stolen there.
I love the cafe racer looks of the condorino, these nos mirafiori bar and stem combo were bouth from italy on ebay, if you are interested search by using "manubrio condorino", although shipping can get expensive with italians, italy is 30 miles north from me and quotes are the same as ordering from japan or usa...
ALso the width is really narrow so I machined some extension plugs from aluminium to get the overall handlebar size to be about 520mm
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Learning and seeing so much about this beautiful topic here on this forum helps me appreciate cycling, and this aesthetic of single speed and fixed gear.

I commute daily on a steel Jamis Dragon One. It's pretty heavy, especially with the accessories I need and use. I haven't weighed it. It's just my ride to work, and I love it.


Compared to the elegant vintage bikes on the forum this bike is humble.

The chrome steel Soma Eagle handlebar is an unusual component. It's been on there since the build up about 5 years ago. A few stem changes were needed to get the right positioposition.
The Eagle could be compared to a Jones bar perhaps. It took a couple of years to get used to using the "horns". My initial impression was that position was useless. I was very wrong. I've adapted to use them like a riding on the hoods or scooting forward for a nice flat stretch, especially if there's a tailwind, to spin up a high cadence.

The bike has XT hydraulic on the front and Deore mechanical in the rear.


Recently, at the beginning of autumn, I put Schwalbe Century white wall/green rubber tires on it. These aren't light, but they have a reflective stripe, were cheap, and give the ride a personality that makes me want to pedal.

The metal front basket is attached to a Salsa Fargo fork. I usually have a small bungee cargo net on it. This has proven to be very useful on commutes. It also serves as a place to put stuff where it rests at work.


Some parts: Axiom rear rack, vintage White Industries Novato bottom bracket, Paul single speed rear hub, H+Son Hydra rear rim, Suntour 888 dingle freewheel, Thomson layback seatpost, Brook B17 saddle.

When the front basket is loaded high, I put the headlamps on the horns for visibility.
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Originally Posted by Sorcerer View Post

The chrome steel Soma Eagle handlebar is an unusual component. It's been on there since the build up about 5 years ago. A few stem changes were needed to get the right positioposition.
The Eagle could be compared to a Jones bar perhaps. It took a couple of years to get used to using the "horns". My initial impression was that position was useless. I was very wrong. I've adapted to use them like a riding on the hoods or scooting forward for a nice flat stretch, especially if there's a tailwind, to spin up a high cadence.
Yeah, I was noticing that you get similar riding positions to what I have with touring bars and a 150mm stem on the RockHopper. The grip positions are similar and then the Eagle horns are about where I would grip the forward bends in front of the levers. I really like bars that have that long range front to back. The full range has uses both seated and standing. I even make use of an intermediate position where my fingers grip under the fixed part of the lever. It’s all good!

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Learning and seeing so much about this beautiful topic here on this forum helps me appreciate cycling, and this aesthetic of single speed and fixed gear.

I commute daily on a steel Jamis Dragon One. It's pretty heavy, especially with the accessories I need and use. I haven't weighed it. It's just my ride to work, and I love it.


Compared to the elegant vintage bikes on the forum this bike is humble.

The chrome steel Soma Eagle handlebar is an unusual component. It's been on there since the build up about 5 years ago. A few stem changes were needed to get the right positioposition.
The Eagle could be compared to a Jones bar perhaps. It took a couple of years to get used to using the "horns". My initial impression was that position was useless. I was very wrong. I've adapted to use them like a riding on the hoods or scooting forward for a nice flat stretch, especially if there's a tailwind, to spin up a high cadence.

The bike has XT hydraulic on the front and Deore mechanical in the rear.


Recently, at the beginning of autumn, I put Schwalbe Century white wall/green rubber tires on it. These aren't light, but they have a reflective stripe, were cheap, and give the ride a personality that makes me want to pedal.

The metal front basket is attached to a Salsa Fargo fork. I usually have a small bungee cargo net on it. This has proven to be very useful on commutes. It also serves as a place to put stuff where it rests at work.


Some parts: Axiom rear rack, vintage White Industries Novato bottom bracket, Paul single speed rear hub, H+Son Hydra rear rim, Suntour 888 dingle freewheel, Thomson layback seatpost, Brook B17 saddle.

When the front basket is loaded high, I put the headlamps on the horns for visibility.
That's a nice "do-all-er." Weight issues are for weenies.
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That is the Nitto B809...

Edit: I should note that I narrowed the bars by about 6cm...
I ended up getting the same Nitto B809 bar as yours, just find it abit too long, did you narrowed yours by 6cm each side or 3cm each side?
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I ended up getting the same Nitto B809 bar as yours, just find it abit too long, did you narrowed yours by 6cm each side or 3cm each side?
actually after measuring the Yoshida Champ Grip which is 16cm, I think you cutted 3cm each side.
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OK here’s the update on the Schwinn after getting a stem that gets the bar clamp a bit lower. Now I can run the touring bars in the normal upright way and still have reasonable riding position.

Right now I have the forward bends about level and the bar ends down about one inch. I have about an inch and a half of additional drop possible before the stem is right down on the headset, but this seems to be a reasonable setting.




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