3Rensho Porteur

3Rensho Porteur

There was a time, not so recently, when the only bicycle to be seen dead with was a Japanese Keirin frame built up only with NJS-approved components—that is, the manufacturers of the wheels, seat post and saddle, drive train and cockpit had been ordained by the Nihon Jitensha Shinkōka, the governing body of the sport.

That may no longer be the case, but at least there’s more people riding bicycles as a result, seeking out bikes more suited to everyday needs. In some cases, those magnificent racing machines have been re-configured in a more practical, albeit oddball, format. The purists are still out there, so it will be interesting to observe the reaction to Pratama Radityo’s 3Rensho frame.

If you’re not attending regular racing events at your local velodrome, it only makes sense to stick a rack on the front to assist grocery-getting or a pub run, and Jakarta’s Pancalen Cycles, a husband-and-wife operated bicycle shop, took care of the installation. Luckily, Pancalen Cycles specialize in high-end rebuilds and anomalous requests.

The new format started with a fork by Wound Up Composites that supports a Gamoh rack. There’s still a few NJS stamps here and there, appearing on the Superbe cranks, Sugino Aero Mighty chain ring and Nitto seatpost. 3Rensho roughly translates as ‘3 Victories’, referring to the rare occurrence in when a racer would place first on 3 consecutive days of racing: qualifiers, semi-finals and finals.

Find out more on the Pancalen Cycles website. Special thanks to Rangga Panji for the photos.

3Rensho Porteur
3Rensho Porteur
3Rensho Porteur
3Rensho Porteur
3Rensho Porteur
3Rensho Porteur
3Rensho Porteur
3Rensho Porteur

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  • Shawn Cerveny

    Who knew their were hipster’s in Indonesia?

    • Tony S

      They are everywhere, unfortunately.

    • Sebastian

      There actually seems to be a huge ”tarck” contingent in Indonesia, from what I can tell.

    • Kevin Ehman

      a tasteful NJS build that doesn’t suit your specific taste, must be for ‘hipsters’… gimme a break.

      • Shawn Cerveny

        Take it easy Kevin. No need to get your skinny jeans in a wad… :)

  • Whatever

    Proves that a collection of nice parts does not make a nice bike. This is silly

  • Tony Pereira

    Bolting on a front rack does not a Porteur make.

  • Fernando

    First ever NJS approved front rack. Nice.

  • jaeone8

    i RIKE IT!

  • Felipe

    where I can find that rack porteur (bike wear)?

    • http://baltimorevelo.com/ seth

      SomaFab store has it

  • Sebastian

    I like it. Screw the NJS ”purists,” half of them are fashionistas with very little to do with the track anyway. I’m all for repurposing worthy frames to make them a bit more useful in their current setting.

    A closeup of the added fork eyelet setup would have been a pretty obvious photo to include, where’d that go?

  • PP

    I think it looks great, but I can’t imagine carrying weight on a front rack brake-less.

    Also, is the NDS crank arm cracked?