April 6, 2012 Bikes 1 Comment

Just look at it. Stealth black. So black it’s practically a ninja. The more understated version of its brother, the Gatsby, yet with all the same simplicity and style.

Simple steel frame and forks; either Nishiki Japanese drop bars with plenty of room on the flats for comfortable positioning or retro curved EightInch track drops, paired with Deda bar tape and XLC levers; Tektro caliper brakes; beautiful Australian cowhide leather saddle from Spa cycles; matching leather toe straps and steel clips; Weinmann DP18 wheelset with Schwalbe Blizzard tyres; solid Sturmey Archer track cranks and chainring; KMC chain and set of chain tensioners to keep it snug in the track fork ends.

After considering the lines of this bike for days I decided to add an option. For a more retro look I can swap out the handlebars for EightInch track drops. They’re more shallow than the modern Nishiki’s and have a smoother curve.

This is an urban machine and runs just as well as a fixed gear or flip the rear wheel around and use the single speed. A ninja of a bike. If ninjas wore pinstripe suits.

Frame & Forks: Hi-Ten steel

Size: 57cm (top tube centre to centre), 52cm (seat tube centre to centre)

Wheels: Weinmann DP18 wheels 700c with 23c Schwalbe Blizzard tyres

Gears: Singlespeed / fixed with flip-flop hub

Dropouts: Track fork ends with chain tensioners

Brakes: Tektro caliper front and rear; XLC levers

Chainset: Sturmey Archer single speed. KMC chain

Extras: Leather saddle; leather toe straps, steel toe clips; Deda bar tape; cartridge bearings in bottom bracket and headset

Option: Instead of the Nishiki bars I can offer EighthInch track style drops. They are shown in some of the pics. More retro and curved with lever placement in same location. In the images they are not taped up but will be supplied with bar tape on.



Written by james