I’m a firm believer that once a track bike leaves the velodrome, steps can be made to make it slightly more practical for street use. First, off with the tubular wheels and the road pedals, then a gearing change. Maybe even a brake gets added, depending on the skill level of the rider. Better safe than sorry, especially when it comes to a beautiful machine like this.
Joseph is an “intern” of sorts at Golden Saddle Cyclery. He’s a third hand in the mechanic’s area and is learning all he can about bicycle maintenance. Though you wouldn’t think it based on their day to day interactions (you gotta keep kids in check!), Joseph got on Kyle’s good side and managed to swoop up this bike for a song. He built up new wheels – since he’s a bigger guy – he felt that deeper rims would be more durable, added a brake and put on SPD pedals.
While it’s not a purist build by any standards, it’s still a gorgeous machine. On my last night in LA, Joseph brought it out for me to shoot some photos. I wish there had been more daylight because this thing is a beaut! If track bikes are a gateway drug into cycling, this bike is heroin. See for yourself in the Gallery.
I really love the Leica M7 and the Elmarit 90mm f2.8 is a great portrait lens. When I shot the digital photoset of Ross’ Nagasawa, I also got a few with the Leica. One noticeable difference between film and digital is the highlight detail you can get from film that just ends up getting lost in digital.
Check them out at my Flickr.
At first glance, Ross’ custom Nagasawa track bike looks very similar to how it did two years ago. In the time that he’s had it, the bike has lightened up considerably due to the various titanium upgrades. A Ti seatpost, Ti stem, Ti Chris King, complete Phil Wood titanium kit and new wheels definately wasn’t cheap but it changed the overall feel of the bike. Since Ross commutes, he opted for front and rear brakes and I think that adds to the radness, especially on a custom built Nagasawa! Check out more in the Gallery!
When I ask people if it’s ok to shoot photos of their bike, they often reply with “let me clean it first”. Where’s the fun in that? As long as there’s not salt residue from winter slush on your beautiful steel steed, there’s nothing wrong with road crud and grime. No matter how nice your bikes are, they’ll always look better with some dirt on them. More on this bike in particular, later on this week.
I have to credit Andy from Fyxomatosis for the “Life’s too short…” lead in.
I love shooting 3200 Delta during the day. The grain just adds to the subject. But what I don’t like is when I forget to take the exposed rolls out of my bag before going through the airport’s xray. Whoops. Unfortunately, this was the only photo that survived and it’s a shame because this is a Beautiful Bicycle. Wilis’ Nagasawa built up quite nicely.
I never had an NJS track bike and never really got worked up about the NJS stamp but after seeing bikes like Jonathon’s Nagasawa on the Tokyo Fixed blog, I wonder why the hell I didn’t!
Photo by Andy White
I recognize this frame. It’s been hanging in Shifter Bikes since Dan opened his shop on Chapel street and now, it’s built up with what appears to be a full NJS kit. All that aside, Andy White knows how to take photos of bicycles. Check out more at the Fyxo Flickr. I’m sure this will make it to the Fyxo Blog in the next few days…
I’ve got a few friends here in Austin with impeccable taste in bikes. Chris is one of them. His Eddy Merckx Pista and matching Eddy Merckx road have been featured here before and today I’ve got a gorgeous Joe Bell-restored blue Nagasawa. When Chris got the frame, it had surface rust and the paint was all chipped up. He’d always wanted a Joe Bell-painted bike, so he contact Joe and set up a restoration. When Joe finished his work, Chris built it up and the end result is stunning. The blue just popped in the late afternoon sun and the freshly-paved asphalt alleyway was the perfect backdrop. This bike is a beauty. See for yourself below.
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Photo by Will Goodan
Three years ago, I shared a story about the significance of a cork being hung from your saddle rails. Two years ago, I reminded you about the story and now, I’m adding this in, just to shift the tables east. Will, this is a great photo. See his full set here.
Man, that’s one classy road bike. A recent customer from Tokyo Fixed Gear got himself a custom Nagasawa frameset. You don’t see many of these around do you? Check out more are TFG’s Flickr.