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Sat

05

Jul

2014

The Daily grip

This one is a labor of love. 

 

The idea of the Daily Grip came about when Max and I sat down to think about what could be possible, we wanted to stretch our range a bit. We knew we could make a wood grip; actually you can make a simple wood grip fairly easily but making a good one is tough, making a great on is artful. We wanted to make one that wouldn’t be just an esthetic statement but would be the best grip you could get that would last you a lifetime.

So how do we do it?

Well it’s a long story but the basic idea is to have a wood grip fit an aluminum core that way we can slide it neatly onto any handle bar so we press-fit our new proto onto a 7000 series aluminum tube.

We used this tube with an inside diameter of just over 22 millimeters to allow perfect fit without ever needing to use any glue or bonding material like you might need on simple grips, we use beautiful proprietary Chicago brass bolts for locking.

Rather than use locking rings like on other models we wanted to have an esthetic that modeled its look on hunting knives or gun handles with 2 brass screws in the middle.

 

This took a lot of work and we’ll be launching the Daily in a few weeks. Be sure to check it out when we do.

 

 

 

 

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Sat

05

Jul

2014

BLB fenders

I think we've been using our FB page way too much instead of our Blog so we're making up some ground here. 

We've been crazy busy finishing up our work on 700c fenders for Bricklane Bikes, they are just about done and came out amazing. We're doing Maple, Pine and Mohogany for all our 700c fenders. 

Check out some pics here:

 

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Tue

11

Mar

2014

Mounting a rear rack fender (R type)

Installation instructions for R type NI fender
Lots of folks have been asking for detailed instructions into how to mount a rear rack fender- well here it is with super details! let us know if you have any questions :)
Installation instructions for R type.pdf
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Tue

18

Feb

2014

Some new vids

We made this short video in our shop, some wood spine bags and lots of peacocks

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Sun

12

Jan

2014

Growing pains

Man there’s a lot going on. We finalized designs for some of our stainless steel inlay wood fenders and are working hard on streamlining the fabrication process. The space has finally come into its own and we even have a big old fan to blow out all the leftover lacquer and saw dust. We’ve pretty much become a full scale workshop, we can tell because we talk about lunch breaks more than we do work. It’s a good thing. A quick update from the Wadi, we had a fantastic meeting with the folks there and kids seem tuned into a program we just might be launching in the next few weeks, using our tooling and local friends to do some surfboard building and boat building with the kids. I’ll share some pictures from that adventure for sure.

In the meantime checkout stuff in our new stuff category on our website and the flickr, lots going on there these days.

 

Cheers!

 

 

Yossi and Max. 

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Thu

17

Oct

2013

Stainless inlay Brompton and 700c fenders

It's been a busy week at the workshop. We're working on new stainless steel inlays for fenders and in the future for bags too. It’s a fun process and we're enjoying the testing and fabrication as we go. There's always a challenge in making these as the idea is to keep the production local. Stainless and wood suppliers are getting better at cooperating and the process of cutting and matching is now on its way to being perfect. Will be some amazing fenders for Bromptons and 700c clip-on style.

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Mon

14

Oct

2013

New hardware for fenders

We have some new hardware for Bromptons. From now on all brackets will be with mirror finishes and the brass screws are now a bit flatter and better looking. Enjoy!

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Sun

13

Oct

2013

New 700c fender in the works, some initial pics

This is our new 700c clip on design. it will be out in a few weeks. pretty excited about it. we'll have there with stainless steel inlays soon too so keep an eye out.

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Fri

11

Oct

2013

Lots going on, new Brompton designs

New #Brompton fender designs . Stainless steel inlays, for release in the next few weeks. We're calling it a steel-tow fender. stainless on both ends for protection when the bike folds. We'll be posting here every few days as we fabricate, mold and render.

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Mon

03

Jun

2013

At work in our new space

Hey all,

So we're settling in nicely in our new space and putting in long hours to get the kickstarter wood bits done for all the bags and fenders by the end of July (looks like we’ll be shipping at around the 25th of July).

We thought we’d just share with you guys some pictures from the wood workshop where all the bits are coming together very nicely. Perhaps next time I’ll share a bit from our friend’s over at the leather shop to show the bags being made, it’s an amazing process!

We made this custom press for all the bag spines and are fine tuning it to make sure we get a good seal and solid press for all the designs. We put all our Brompton fenders through it and it works incredibly well, just a few tweaks to perfect it and we’re good to go!

 

In the meantime enjoy the photos from our new space:

 

 

 

Our new press being built
Our new press being built
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Sun

19

May

2013

First batch shipped, new space

So we shipped our first batch of mostly notepads iPad cases.

I have to admit that it was something of an exciting moment. We gathered all of us at Max’s place and put all the new gear into envelopes, wrote up shipping tickets and sent the first batch all over the world. We looked at each other, smiled and went off to push on with our work on the new bags.

So we have this beautiful new space with several new tools now in it, a beautiful new upright power saw, precise drill, air pressure devices and more. It’s a fun process putting them all to work and making the space our own.

The challenge of the day is building a few custom tools of our own, as you guys can guess, the wood spine on the bags requires a precise press after the laser cutting is done. We decided to build this press on our own and max has been welding like mad to make a 10 ton press that will work with all the wood designs from bags to fenders. It’s a fun process and we’ll send some pictures of that as it comes together.

So we are on track for delivery in June for all the bags and combos, we should have all the tooling and processes done for mass production by the end of next week and then we turn into little worker bees in our new woodshop.

Thanks everyone, stay tuned and checkout some new photos from our first “shipping party”.

 

 

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Fri

26

Apr

2013

Purchasing our gear

Thanks everyone for supporting us on Kicksterter
It was an amazing journey and we're so honored to have your support as we move forward and grow.

If you happened to have missed out on the campaign by all means  feel free to choose a reward from the Kickstarter and just email/Paypal your request to us at Yossi@nisnascycles.com  and we will add you to the list.
The only change would be that you would get the gear in late May-early June regardless of your choice asKickstarter   folks got there first!
Thanks again to everyone. We'll be posting updates here often so stay tuned

Fri

26

Apr

2013

Signing a lease, surveys and more.

Hey guys,
Just a note for all you folks who ordered notepads, I’ve sent out a survey to get all your contact information so I can send those out to you, just send us your addresses and notepads will be sent to you ASAP. ** If you ordered a combo of some kind you will receive your notepad along with your bag when those are shipped.
OK so lots is happening here and we finalized the notepad inserts with beautiful crème lined paper and a Nisnas logo watermark at the bottom, they look fantastic and I can’t wait to send out those pieces to you guys, I’m pretty sure you’ll love them. So, in the past few weeks Max and I have been driving around with a huge amount of Maplewood and Cedar wood piles in Max’s run down beater to get the laser cutting done perfectly at  our local model shop (it’s an cool place where you can laser cut your own model plane out of some amazing materials, fun place…). Once done we carried material for about 100 notepads, ipad covers, fenders and key chains to start the shaping process, lacquer, and finishing. It’s a fun process that Max is a master at and I mostly follow the lead J. Perhaps the most challenging part of this process, apart from the meticulous attention to detail is the piecing together of the different friends and partners who play a part in this final product. After all the leather products need to communicate perfectly with the wood bit, the glues and cutting tools need to all work in concert and this means good teamwork and fun meetings with some of the most talented people around.  We particularly enjoy work-time with our friend Misha, perhaps our favorite leather artisan. I sometimes wish we could tape these meetings and broadcast them to the world but I think maybe he wouldn’t like that. Misha is a quintessential hardass, the meetings begin with a grumpy hello, followed by some friendly, yet harsh criticisms of just about everything we do. Nisha is a Russian immigrant who used to be an engineer at the famed Russian car company Lada (known for indestructible- yet extremely uncomfortable cars…), he’s a picture of outrageous immigrant humor that we have really learned to love. Perhaps most importantly he is supremely talented and has a team of folks he works with who produce stunning work, just stunning.
OK, so on Monday we’re signing the lease on our new space, it’s part of an artist compound, we’ll be surrounded by a woodworkers, metal smiths and stone masons on all sides. It’s a good feeling to be there and it’s real creative community which is just amazing. We decided to split our community work in the Wadi from production for the next few months so we can do all the tooling, preparation for up scaling production and general setup without posing a danger to our youth participants. We have been approached by the Wadi Nisnas community center and offered a space there to work with local youth on our projects and we will be using this center separately from the production space till we merge sometime in the middle of this year. It’s going to be an exciting project, empowering local youth to become local ambassadors and lead their own guided tours in their neighborhood, both on bike and on foot. Should be fun, we’ll update here as it grows.
In the meantime please fill out the survey I sent out if you’re a notepad backer. Also, we’re in the middle of working on special projects using the same techniques we use for our bags on tables and other surfaces, I thought you might enjoy this table Max just finished, it’s inspired by local tiles found in older 1920’s buildings in our area. Cool stuff we might just be doing more of either with our youth or just on our own.
Next week we’re starting production on all the bags, lots more on that next!
Bests
Yossi

Thu

14

Jul

2011

Brooks bike

brooks bike
brooks bike
A while ago we setup the crew at NYCwheels with a pair of fenders with a racing stripe and they put together this really cool build. I love the Brooks Bike, so much fun. The fenders themselves are a simple design which we love making, the racing stripe never gets old I guess. 
check it out and checkout NYCwheels when you get a chance- a fantastic shop with great people. 
http://blog.nycewheels.com/brooks-brompton-bicycle-sold-next-up/

Thu

16

Jun

2011

New stuf

wooden fenders
wooden fenders

Sometimes we get so excited about our new creations that we forget to tell the world about them. Here are a few that we mentioned on our FB page but never made it to the blog. Enjoy. And Chris- those are some great pics and an awesome buid! checkout his Flickr here http://www.flickr.com/photos/7925003@N02/5867861742/in/photostream/

Tue

17

May

2011

Perfecting 700c fenders

We havent posted in a while, it's long overdue.
We have been able to put some serious time into prototyping our 700c Fender design and you can see some pics of the early process here. 
our "racing design" is still available but we love fenders with a full metal frame and I'm guessing you guys will too.
We're hoping to have them in our shop and completely custiomizable by the end of July. For those of you out there eager to preorder, feel free to contact us by email with a design idea and we'll put you on the list. 

BTW wait list for fenders is now about a month for custom stuff. 

More soon!

Sat

25

Dec

2010

Belt drive

Belt drives have been out there for a while and getting some really good reviews so we thought we'd build one up as a Haifa Commuter. I think we're hooked.  Our Gates Belt drive bike was designed around a simple and tough custom frame with super short stays for the downhills of Haifa and a Fixie Inc bracket for easy installation. Thanks to Holgar at Fixie for the piece' it's really simple and effective. Tubeset is a Columbus Life with uber simple lugs. The bike rides great and super smooth.

Fri

24

Dec

2010

Pacman fenders

What started out as Max's student project became an awesome fender project. Our prompton specific and 700c fenders are tailer made, ultra customisable, 100% recyclable, almost indestructibe and arguably the coolest thing at Nisnas (except for Rimon's pickeles- they are amazing!!) more on pickles later, now lets talk fenders:


Wed

15

Dec

2010

Outside there's fruit

Yes it's true. We work in a really cool ancient outside market. Our front door is usually held up by a box of peaches or out of season- some onions. We love our shop and the people who come through here tend to agree. What a lot of folks don't know is that our place is about 200 years old and that previous owners included blacksmiths, artists, bookstore owners (1920's Arabic books) and a variety of squatters. In the very beginning our little room was designed to hold water for the buildings above and only in the 1920's was it remolded as a workspace. See some pics below

 

Wed

15

Dec

2010

Custom Columbus Max frameset oldschool Yeti inspired paint

We love the old Yeti color scheme. So much so that we painted our lugged Columbus Max frameset with it. Thanks to Maxim for the awesome paint job. The tubeset itself is amazing and I'm happy we can readily get Max tube sets from Colombus again, yay! I really enjoyed the work on the seat collar; I think we'll be using this style for a while, super pretty and strong.

Wed

15

Dec

2010

We crashed the bike show

It took a really funny night of beer and pizza and some seriously hilarious builds but we made it. We decided to sneak our bikes in and make a huge scene. So we did, it was super fun and here are a few pictures from the Tel Aviv Bike Show 2010.
We took two custom bikes and a frame we painted in old school yeti colors and made a scene.
BTW the belt drive alfine machine is proving a fantastic commuter a short review coming soon!
Roman at the bike show
Roman at the bike show