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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 over 6 years ago.

106 Comments

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 over 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 over 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 over 5 years ago

campadelta

campadelta says:

very good geometry frame,nice paint . everything its OK

Posted over 5 years ago

Clownshoes

Clownshoes says:

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

Posted over 5 years ago

Lynx

Lynx says:

nice bike man, love the couplers addition!

Posted over 5 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

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

Posted over 5 years ago

lindsaythebus

lindsaythebus says:

THAT stem!!!

Posted about 6 years ago

B96

B96 says:

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

Posted over 6 years ago

BetahProd

BetahProd says:

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

Posted over 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 over 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 over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

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

Posted over 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 over 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 over 6 years ago

britAma

britAma says:

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

Posted over 6 years ago

britAma

britAma says:

and again, i love all of your njss

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

I'm about 5'9". Thanks!

Posted over 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 over 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 over 6 years ago

Anday

Anday says:

Very nice! Thanks for the chainring btw! It looks great on my khs!

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks! Glad the chainring made it!

Posted over 6 years ago

AlanSubono

AlanSubono says:

did the couplers affect the frame strength?

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

As far as I've read, as long as they're installed properly, the frame should be just as strong as before. And Belinky did this work, so I know it's been done well. It feels very solid.

Posted over 6 years ago

ignatius0108

ignatius0108 says:

Pursuit geo, easy to pack for traveling..... This is my dream bike!!! How much the 3ttt titanium stem?

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Picked it up for $44 on eBay a couple years back.

Posted over 6 years ago

STworkshop

STworkshop says:

I wanna ask you where to build wheels in Seattle is the best??? Mobius?

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Mobius is good, so is Tre at Recycled Cycles. Or TallBryan, here on Pedal Room. He's also located in Seattle and does great work.

Posted over 6 years ago

STworkshop

STworkshop says:

Thx man!I have a 28h france rim and rear hub I wanna build for my GT

Posted over 6 years ago

McChad

McChad says:

WOW,i've seen this bike before on the web,brilliant build! DAMN master one

Posted over 6 years ago

McChad

McChad says:

i'm woundering how much the prolight stem worth,i got a chance to have one

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks! I think this is a bike I'll hang onto forever, I love it! As far as the stem, I don't remember what I paid for it, but I've seen them go for anywhere from $15 to $150 on eBay...not very helpful, haha.

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Found my old records. I paid $44 for mine.

Posted over 6 years ago

McChad

McChad says:

well,the prolight i found in my location is much more expensive ,about 80usd

Posted over 6 years ago

mgatus

mgatus says:

nice geo =D

Posted over 6 years ago

hmdns

hmdns says:

This is awesome, nice to see some fellow Bridgestone user but this one turns greater than mine. How's the RB002?! Plan to buy those bars for next setup

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks! The RB-002s are great! They're a lot like the Syntace Stratos bullhorns, with slightly shorter ends of the bars and a nicer finish.

Posted over 6 years ago

hmdns

hmdns says:

is it comfort for long-distance rides? how about the width? 420/400mm?

Posted over 6 years ago

dedeeadee

dedeeadee says:

Great as always mr coomer!

Posted over 6 years ago

DoctorLarch

DoctorLarch says:

This nitto bullhorn and stem combo does it so much justice ! Perfect choice

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks! I was so happy to find this stem on eBay a while back!

Posted over 6 years ago

JSTEWART304

JSTEWART304 says:

Really awesome bike you have there man. New wheels look great on it as well.

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks!

Posted over 6 years ago

felixsusanto

felixsusanto says:

as always nicely build Coomer .. love it ! ;)

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks!

Posted over 6 years ago

Kevin_R

Kevin_R says:

beautifully clean, love the paint job and well deserving of all envy coming your way!

Posted over 6 years ago

outofstep

outofstep says:

this looks beautiful

Posted over 6 years ago

NJS

NJS says:

Do you know where i can pick some of those bars up at?

Posted over 6 years ago

StevenPreusser

StevenPreusser says:

Absolutely stunning. I never would have thought that a bike that comes apart so much could look so clean and.. right. Amazing build.

Posted almost 7 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks! :-)

Posted almost 7 years ago

Ammaramir

Ammaramir says:

very very very nice build

Posted almost 7 years ago

midnightcowboy

midnightcowboy says:

yeaahh kill bill :)

Posted almost 7 years ago

edirza

edirza says:

pursuit NJS, how i love this frame

Posted almost 7 years ago

ZaimAzmi

ZaimAzmi says:

Wow! I really love HED3 on NJS frame!!!!

Posted almost 7 years ago

kobe

kobe says:

that is just awesome...
what a nice bike

Posted almost 7 years ago

dev0415

dev0415 says:

this bike is awesome!

Posted about 7 years ago

ankcupu

ankcupu says:

superb!!!i l love this concept and this bike...cool

Posted over 7 years ago

earch

earch says:

4 thumbs up

Posted over 7 years ago

dopedylan

dopedylan says:

Break mounts ?

Posted over 7 years ago

sfarid

sfarid says:

what a nice babe u have there...Thumbs up bro!

Posted over 7 years ago

RizPista

RizPista says:

It's madness awesome. Cut the frame and fit into bike bag but faint,I couldn't do it , I got no ball. I like your bikes and very rad-ism.

Posted over 7 years ago

rizkymnr

rizkymnr says:

Nice. it will be more nice if you change your saddle to be a black colour

Posted over 7 years ago

BklynLOW

BklynLOW says:

I may have to pull this one off of you.

Posted over 7 years ago

tian

tian says:

awesome bike! the couplers make this bike special..

Posted over 7 years ago

Yang_ang

Yang_ang says:

Does the HED rim runs good in bad road situation?

Posted over 7 years ago

keepitearl

keepitearl says:

Dope bicycle.

Posted over 7 years ago

jonfoo

jonfoo says:

u got some seriuos collection and this is a great bike....keep on pedaling...

Posted over 7 years ago

winnerultra

winnerultra says:

what is this???let me know :)

Posted almost 8 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

It's a coupler, so that the frame can break apart into two pieces for transport.

Posted about 7 years ago

smallfish

smallfish says:

Superb bike!!!
Love the deda handlebar!

Posted almost 8 years ago

jdawg4334

jdawg4334 says:

previous owner = laammee!! you dont do that to a njs frame! but still, best frames on the planet, i understand.

Posted almost 8 years ago

furhorse

furhorse says:

The modifications only make it cooler! NJS ain't nothin' but a silly stamp.

Posted almost 8 years ago

faz

faz says:

this is love!

Posted about 8 years ago

Hairnet

Hairnet says:

mmmm Travelers Check in track form

Posted about 8 years ago

terryck2

terryck2 says:

WOW. that style is really awesome

Posted over 8 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks! It has recently changed, I need to snap new pics!

Posted about 8 years ago

rOnz

rOnz says:

damn it ! i wish my colnago's has those couplers ..

Posted over 8 years ago

londonbarnes

londonbarnes says:

that is too beautiful

Posted over 8 years ago

gaozilla

gaozilla says:

dude, thats a beautiful bridgestone! the yellow definitely looks great with the white logo

Posted over 8 years ago

xophx

xophx says:

Wow!

Posted over 8 years ago

trackzilla

trackzilla says:

so rad man! SOOO RAD!

Posted over 8 years ago

radlbub

radlbub says:

wow!

Posted over 8 years ago

strange

strange says:

any problems with the couplers??

Posted over 8 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Nope, they've held up just fine!

Posted over 8 years ago

jdiaz12

jdiaz12 says:

I am not a fan of bridgestone bikes but this is one is exceptionally well built. What are those metal pieces on the tope tube and down tube?

Posted almost 9 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thank you! Those are couplers, so that the frame can be broken down into two pieces for easy transport in a box.

Posted almost 9 years ago

Rpreme

Rpreme says:

Very nice! NJS and packable. Hope it's a keeper.

Posted almost 9 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Definitely a keeper.

Posted almost 9 years ago

SpoonRules

SpoonRules says:

Ditto, to the below. Awesome stuff Coomer.

Posted almost 9 years ago

parkman14

parkman14 says:

I'd love to have an njs frame, but a coupled-one ten times more!

Posted about 9 years ago

Roi

Roi says:

Is this cloth bar tape? how do you like it? how does it compare to cork?

Posted about 9 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

It is cloth tape, and it's ok. I definitely prefer cork, but this cloth tape was temporary until I could find some different cork tape.

Posted about 9 years ago

LOLA

LOLA says:

JUST STUPID.

Posted about 9 years ago

LOLA

LOLA says:

WTF I KINDA HATE YOU RIGHT NOW. VERY NICE.

Posted about 9 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Haha thanks!

Posted about 9 years ago

hubnride

hubnride says:

i still don't believe u can split the frame into two pieces... brilliant!

simply yellow...

nice bike

Posted about 9 years ago

hubnride

hubnride says:

so simple

Posted about 9 years ago

kcyvng

kcyvng says:

it's gotta be fun puttin' it all together, like a lego set when we were youngins. sickness!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kcyvng/462...

Posted about 9 years ago

cchhrriiss

cchhrriiss says:

tape the rest of those drops dude!

Posted about 9 years ago

Bensch

Bensch says:

and again bike porn ^^ ;)

Posted about 9 years ago

benjamean

benjamean says:

Hi,

I noted that you kinda did a conversion on your front wheel, the HED one.

I have in hand a set of Specialized Tri-Spokes (just like your HED) and I plan to convert the current QR axles to track axles. Any tips on this?

Posted over 9 years ago

Nouela

Nouela says:

oooh, LOVE the slight pursuit geometry!

Posted over 9 years ago

lumpygnome

lumpygnome says:

i love this bike! be able to put it in a case is probably really convenient! another great bike man!

Posted over 9 years ago

maxcrowe

maxcrowe says:

Love it! Although if I were you I'd get some old axles to put in the F+R dropouts to protect them whilst in transit. Very nice.

Posted over 9 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

That's definitely a good idea. I'll have to do that.

Posted over 9 years ago

maxcrowe

maxcrowe says:

Also, how are those pedals? I've heard they are super comfy with softer shoes as they are nice and flat and don't have sharp edges.

Posted over 9 years ago

sloman

sloman says:

supertrick bike.you have your cake and take it with you!sweet.enjoy

Posted over 9 years ago