Black is the new Black

Most people build their bikes starting with the frame and then looking for the factory original parts that match.  I started this set when I found a set of black Shimano Tourney calipers and knew that I would have no problems finding a bike in the future to fit these to ..  Bikes I have considered include a Mongoose Californian, Tange Hot Heart or another Kuwahara.


My favourite brake set from BITD is the combination of Shimano Tourney calipers with DX levers and, again, I have hunted down a NOS front and rear set.  Other NOS parts in this colour set are the Suzue low-flange hubs, Suntour stem, Kashimax MX seat and gorgeous Takagi Tourney three-piece cranks.

Two sets of pedals?  As I haven't yet thought about what bike I might be building, I have managed to collect two different sets of pedals that fit the 9/16" three-piece cranks.  The first set is a set of new Victor pedals which sort of resemble KKTs at a tenth of the price.  The second set is a mint set of MKS PB-20 pedals that would suit a Haro build or something similar.  Both nice sets but I am still looking for a reasonably priced set of KKT Lightnings.


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