Nitto of Japan

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Having used a lot of handlebars and stems there’s few that stand out.

10529441_10203954485600546_778857892_nNitto of Japan is one.

 

Area, Land usage, resources.Ecology. Your thoughts.

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Count the numer of vehicles in both photos.LA-Traffic-I405It’s roughly the same.File photo of people pushing their bicycles across a railway track during rush hour in ShanghaiThink about it.

 

Buona Domenica.

Nasce un fiore, viola.

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Purple cables, regal, quirky: different.
Purple cables, regal, quirky: different.
Just look at the picture.
Columbus XCR,Sugino, Shimano Ultegra,Tubeless wheels, Cane creek, Schwalbe Ultremo, Brooks b17, King cage, Shadowconspiracy. Revanchebikeco.

 

Dettagli Sottovoce. The quiet pride of stainless steel

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Sottovoce logo is clean, simple and subtle.
Sottovoce logo is clean, simple and subtle.
A good project is made up of details, like this seatcluster, and the vision of the whole. Forget one, and it's anonymous, forget the other and it's cluttered.
A good project is made up of details, like this seatcluster, and the vision of the whole. Forget one, and it’s anonymous, forget the other and it’s cluttered.
That moment when you step back from something you've built. When it's finally finished. That is the real reward for a craftsman.
That moment when you step back from something you’ve built. When it’s finally finished.
That is the real reward for a craftsman.

Humble Pride.

Stainless is a difficult material, and an unpainted frame is harder still.

Without pride you would not strive to make the best frame you can, to be the best craftsman you can.

Without humility you can’t learn, you can’t get better at what you do.

Being a craftsman, a good one, involves both.

I come from a family of artisans, I was sorrounded by artisans growing up.

No wonder I became one, I already was.

Most of the good artisans I know have similar characters, determined, open, calm, ironic, curious and most importantly, a humble pride.

Humble because mistakes are around every corner.

You soon learn that without mistakes you can’t learn.

You also learn to correct them, then avoid them. It’s your craft. It’s who you are.

 

I feel both proud and humble saying that.

Proud, because this frame came out beautifully.

Humble because this frame came out beautifully.

 

I hope you like it as much as I do.

 

Colours, fire and forks. Thoughts and photographs

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Colour means temperature, temperature means control, control means quality.
Colour means temperature, temperature means control, control means quality.
FLUX is your best friend as a framebuilder, you can never have too much of it. Flux makes brass FLOW. That is a very good thing when brazing.
FLUX is your best friend as a framebuilder, you can never have too much of it. Flux makes brass FLOW. That is a very good thing when brazing.
Fire. Controlled heat and hard work will get you results.
Fire. Controlled heat and hard work will get you results.
This hollow forged fork crown is strong and light. perfect for controlled nose manuals, or endos if you get it wrong.
This hollow forged fork crown is strong and light. perfect for controlled nose manuals, or endos if you get it wrong.
This fork is for a bike polo bike, the 28.6mm blades shrug off clumsy pileups much better than you.
This fork is for a bike polo bike, the 28.6mm blades shrug off clumsy pileups much better than you.

Cleanest 29er, how to hide it all away

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Tapered headtube on this 29er. Modern is here to stay.
Tapered headtube on this 29er. Modern is here to stay.
brazing seattube cluster, note the internal cabling on seatstay
brazing seattube cluster, note the internal cabling on seatstay
curved bridges just look better.
Technical details: curved bridges just look better.

As you might guess from the pictures, this mtb has internal cabling all round, this makes the bicycle much cleaner to look at, (and much easier to clean).

All those brass tubes brazed inside the frame tubes add a lot of work.

That’s why internal cabling costs more, but for some it’s more than worth it.

What side are you on?

Il cablaggio interno in questa mtb fa si che la bicicletta sia molto piu’ pulita, oltreche’ piu facile da pulire.

Costa di piu’, perche’ richiede piu’ lavoro, io lascio la scelta al cliente.

Tu quale scegli?

Bespoked 2015

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Many thanks for completing the application for Bespoked 2015. We will be in touch to let you know more information once applications close. This will be early October.

Many Thanks

Tessa and Phil