With a two-week-old newcomer in the family, project time is tight. Today I had a free moment and decided to pull the Gunnar Crosshairs from winter storage. I have a pair of Jack Brown Greens for the bike, but current Grand Bois'es were in better condition than I remembered so I decided to leave the tyre change for the moment. I think this is definitely the prettiest bike I own.
I got this '90's Kuwahara Nagano frameset for free this winter and tought to build it up as a budget monster cross bike. Handlebars are 46 cm On-One Brians, tyres 2,1" Vittorias. A set of cantilever brakes and a very mixed group of 3x7 components still to come.
Inspiration for the build is my '98 Kuwahara Okaya I've had since new, for some time I've been interested to try it with a drop bar and with a free frame on my hands I thought I'd give it a shot.
Frames are really similar, I'm guessing the Okaya was a slightly better model as it has a Tange butted fork where as the Nagano has an Oria plain gauge one.