If you look closely at the Nagasawa head badge, there’s an Italian flag alongside the Japanese flag. Yoshiaki Nagasawa has a strong connection with the Italian bicycle frame building industry, beginning his career at Sante Pogliaghi’s workshop before starting a six-year internship with Ugo De Rosa. A return to Japan brought his experience to the Keirin racers, most notably Koichi Nakano, which resulted in 10 consecutive world Championship sprint titles. This is one of his rare road frames, built up by London’s Tokyo Fixed for the recent 2013 Bespoked Bristol show.
Last weekend, the 12th-14th of April, saw the third issue of the Bespoked Bristol UK Handmade Bicycle Show which, like the NAHBS, continues to grow with the interest in bikes of high quality. Tokyo Fixed, London’s premier bespoke bicycle shop, presented a selection of machines that best represent their service. Alongside two Cherubim road bikes and a Tonic Fab Crusher was this Nagasawa road frame, built up with a Campagnolo group set and a custom suede Kashimax saddle, embroidered with Yoshiaki’s logotype. If you’re after an equally individual build, contact Tokyo Fixed.