Monday, April 25, 2011
Dennis from Fixed Gear Gallery sent us this pic of a custom Shorty Fatz (now POPS Fabrication) 8-series frame he's testing. He was must've noticed how the lines of our Italian cafe racer- inspired bar complemented the unique-looking frame and asked us for one. Look for the review soon.
All their POPS frames are fillet-brazed in San Jose, CA.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Independent Fabrications showed off a spectacular mixte at the North American Handbuilt Bike Show. It was built for company owner Gary Smith's wife Toni. Inspired by the cafe racer movement in motorbikes, this Barracuda Purple and black checkerboard beauty features an 8 speed internal hub, Phil-centric BB, a carbon and aluminum disk brake fork, Paul racer brakes in the rear, a dynamo powered headlight, and of course, a custom painted stainless steel coffee tumbler. Last but not least they put on a set of our chrome-plated Condorina "cafe racer" bars. (Photos by John Prolly and IF Blog)
We have to agree that speccing our Condorina Bar was a smart move.
Custom IF mug
Monday, February 7, 2011
Given that this handlebar was inspired by Italian motociclettas, I traveled to North Beach, the Italian neighborhood of San Francisco, to capture its sophisticated beauty. It has a very European feel: narrow streets, motorcycles, cafes and small shops with a lovely park in the center. So yes, here's the Condorina enjoying a North Beach espresso..
Here's the whole handlebar, motorcycles afficionados might see resemblance to the club man bar. We hope it will find a home on fixies, townies, and other unique bikes.
Here are the specs:
- Tange steel
- Width: 580mm
- Sweep: 15 degrees back with 5 degree drop/rise
- Center: 25.4mm
- Grip: 22.2mm
If you've already got these bars or plan to purchase them in the near future, send us some pictures! We would love to see what you've been inspired to do with them - this includes taking them out for espresso!!