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Bike Of The Day: Bill’s Vintage Nomura 20″ BMX Race Bike

Today’s Bike Of The Day is another sweet build from Bill Light. This time he sent us a vintage Nomura Racing 20″ BMX bike with a nice purple/white colorway. Find out more about it below and remember to rate this bike.

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This Nomura was built to replace one that was stolen from my apartment in Seattle Washington back in December of 1986(Frame  NRDG0017, if you see it, please let me know!!!!)The frame as I understand is was welded up in 1981, and anodized later in 1983. This is the Last of the Purple frames made. It was raced from January 1987 till August of 1987, then again in 2018, where it won again!I was not able to get certain parts for this bike when it was first built, but in Hindsight these components worked as well or in some cases better than I could have hoped.

This bike has more than a few Very Unique parts on it, starting with the Seat Post is set as a Lay Forward. I have received a lot of flack about it’s weird looks; however, it works better this way. the forces applied to the frame are more even, and since that is one of the locations Nomura’s are prone to cracking and this one has not…proof is in the puddin’. The Rims are made by Ambrosio, and I was told that they were some rare Magnesium Aluminum alloy. I believe it, since both rims weighed less than a single Araya 7x hoop, they are also Super Brittle after nearly 40 years, close inspection reveals spiderweb cracking at each spoke nipple.

The Rear Sprocket is a 14 tooth made for a STANDARD hub! it was a custom component made for the USA Velodrome Cycling team, I got lucky and bought it from a guy who picked it up in Colorado Springs at USA Cycling’s facility. When I raced this bike again in 2018, I used my Answer Pinnacle Holeshot set from my Gunslinger Race Bike. They had a 14 tooth sprocket, which allowed me to keep the same gearing, and were newish so I didn’t need to worry about the rims  disintegrating on the track.  The Quickline plate is something I don’t even remember buying or where I got it; it looks cool though, and it still has the stickers and number from the last national it was raced at in Reno Nevada.

~Bill Light

Parts List:

Frame: Purple Nomura Frame NRDG 0275
Forks: Hutch Pro
Bars: GT 7″ rise
Stem: Odyssey 6 bolt
Hubs: Shimano Track
Rims: Ambrosio Alloy
Spokes: Double Butted Stainless Steel
Rear Sprocket: 14t Velodrome Training Hub(make unknown)
Cranks: GT Power Series
Spider: Proneck Power Disc

Pedals: Shimano Deore XT ATB pedals
Brakes: Diacomp Nippon
Brake Pads: Mathauser
Seat: Kashimax Aero
Seat Post: GT
Seat Clamp: Diacomp MX
Pads: Cal Lite Redline(turned inside out) Lost the Stem pad due to worn out velcro
Tires: Chang Shin Comp III knock offs
Grips: A’ME Tri Grips (these are original to the bike, from 1987!)


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