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Coupled NJS-ish Bridgestone

I got a great deal on this frame, and the travel case came with it. It's my travel bike, since it fits in a neat little case that you can easily take on a plane or bring in a car.

Frame:
NJS Bridgestone frame. Previous owner had S&S Machine couplers added in by Bilenky Cycle Works in Philly. At this time, a brake hole was drilled in the fork, a new rear bridge was added with a brake hole, and cable stops were added to the top tube, as the previous owner ran this bike as a singlespeed.

Fork/Headset:
NJS Bridgestone fork (drilled by Bilenky for a brake), Chris King Gripnut headset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Sugino 75 crankset, Sugino 75 bottom bracket

Pedals:
MKS GR-9 pedals, Toshi NJS straps, MKS clips

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Surly cog (18 tooth), Sugino 75 chainring (46 tooth), KMC 710SL chain

Handlebars/Stem:
Nitto RB-002 handlebars, 3TTT Pro Light titanium stem

Saddle/Seatpost:
Regal saddle, Kalloy seatpost

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Velocity Deep V laced to Paul hub, Continental GP4000 tire

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Velocity Deep V laced to Paul hub, Vittoria Rubino tire

More Info:
This bike is a blast to ride, and at the end of the day, it takes just a few minutes to get it back in the case for travel.

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. With Paul Wheelset

Current Stage Info:

Upgraded to some Paul hubs laced to Deep Vs and different cranks/bars.

Added by Coomer. Last updated about 6 years ago.

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threepin

threepin says:

I had S&S couplers put on a Surly frame for my travel bike. I love the system. I don't take such care with the foam tubing these days, since I like to ride from the airport so I keep the pack contents pretty lean, basically a tarp to fold through the various parts. I was more careful initially, but TSA seem to do more damage to the bike than the plane or the rides do...

Posted about 5 years ago

wuwu_startrack

wuwu_startrack says:

heard paul hub have 44mm chain line? does it runs ok with sugino cranks(42mm chainline)?

Posted about 5 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Yeah, I've never had a problem. Don't even notice the difference switching back and forth between my various rear wheels.

Posted about 5 years ago

campadelta

campadelta says:

very good geometry frame,nice paint . everything its OK

Posted about 5 years ago

Clownshoes

Clownshoes says:

great ride, nice luxury to have a 'travel' bike especially one as sexy as this!

Posted about 5 years ago

Lynx

Lynx says:

nice bike man, love the couplers addition!

Posted about 5 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks! I bought it that way, and I've been so so so happy with it!

Posted about 5 years ago

lindsaythebus

lindsaythebus says:

THAT stem!!!

Posted over 5 years ago

B96

B96 says:

I like the tight clearance and pursuit style geometry on this bike, love the tri-spoke too, classic

Posted almost 6 years ago

BetahProd

BetahProd says:

hey coomer, wanted to ask where you got this repaired?

Posted almost 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

It was never really damaged, but the work to add the couplers, brake holes, 120mm spacing, cable guides, and paint was done at Bilenky in Philadelphia. The previous owner had it done, I bought the frame in its current condition.

Posted almost 6 years ago

Gear-Inch

Gear-Inch says:

Awesome looking build, but change that seat to a black one man!! That'll be the cherry on top.

Posted almost 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks! I've thought about a different saddle, but for now I'm fine with this one.

Posted almost 6 years ago

britAma

britAma says:

really nice bridgestone, and i really love your makino , btw wanna ask something about ur gear ratio (46-18), how its feel? really easy to skid and low top speed i guess,

Posted almost 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks! I run the low ratio because it's easier on my knees (which I've hurt a couple times before) with all of the Seattle hills. It is nice, I can accelerate quickly and skidding doesn't rip up my knees. I've adjusted to spinning lots, but I do top out around 38mph.

Posted almost 6 years ago

britAma

britAma says:

thanks for your respon, how tall are u btw? just curious about your ratio thing

Posted almost 6 years ago

britAma

britAma says:

and again, i love all of your njss

Posted almost 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

I'm about 5'9". Thanks!

Posted almost 6 years ago

britAma

britAma says:

between bridgestone,samson,nagasawa, and makino, i think you will choose bridgestone, right? wow,we have a same height and for the last, out of topic, if you have 49T chainring, and you live in a kinda flat land, minor hills,how many T for cog that you will use? brakeless ofcoz

Posted almost 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

I figure you can't go wrong with any of those, they're all great framebuilders. I personally would go with a 18-tooth, but I like to spin, so you might try 17-tooth and then see how that feels and go from there. People run a wide variety of ratios, so I can't make a great recommendation for ya.

Posted almost 6 years ago

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