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2010年1月 9日 (土)

Ringing in the New Year

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Recently I was contacted by a fellow vintage bicycle Enthusiast "Tommy" from Singapore.  Tommy found my blog via a recent post by Jeff over at The Flying Pigeon Project featuring the Magnet restoration .

Tommy's blog "Classic 2 Wheelers" featured a post on "spinning brass bells".  What a great way to "ring" in the new year!  I have seen similar lever operated revolving bells, but none without the lever that you simply spin with your hand.

The thing I like about vintage bicycles and parts is that they are over-engineered. Heavy duty and built to last.  Here is a very old revolving bell, quite large, probably pre-WWII. It is interesting to note the spelling of "special "as on the bell it is spelled incorrectly as "spicial".
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Click here to SEE and LISTEN to a video of this bell.

Here is a NOS (new Old Stock) bell from FUJI.P1070129

The Fuji logo (upside down in the photo) can clearly be seen in the center of the bell dome.
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Click here to SEE and LISTEN to a video of this bell.

One of the largest manufacturers of bells was Umezawa.
Very nice revolving bells.  The design and chrome are superb.
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Click here to SEE and LISTEN to a video of this bell

This bell with the Maruka Bicycle logo was manufactured by Kikaku Bell Co. 
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Click here to SEE and LISTEN to a video of this bell

Here is a large bell with the Hikari logo in the center of the bell dome.
I am still looking for parts to complete my Hikari restoration. 
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Click here to SEE and LISTEN to a video of this bell

Here is a smaller revolving bell with the "swallow" mark.
This baby really spins long fast and long!
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Click here to SEE and LISTEN to a video of this bell

The information below is from an export catalog of Japanese bicycles from 1953.
Some of the major bell manufacturers.
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Bell design and secifications.
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Next week I will post the Japanese version, not a carbon-copy but the intent will remain the same.

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Great bell collection!

I have posting a picture of one you will want to be adding to the bell catalot. You'll know it when you see ito(*^▽^*)o

Thanks Jeff, I look forward to the "bell" posting in the near future.

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