In the previous post on Company Logos & Markings we took a close look at photos sent in by S-san the proud owner of a very well preserved Hikari bicycle manufactured by Dai Nippon Kougyou. We counted the markings on the front wheel portion and found there was a total of 31. This week we will continue our count and examine the head, handlebars, top tube, down tube, seat tube and saddle.
The Hikari has head badges typical of those from the early to mid 1950's; bright beautifully enamelled badges.
In the photo below we can see the Hikari logo in both the middle (large) and lower badges. (2) Keep in mind this bicycle, and those head badges, are in the vicinity of 55 years old. Nowadays you don't see many headbadges, certainly none that are enamelled to this detail.
Lamp bracket (1)
Here we see Hikari mark on the cover which houses springs for the rod brakes. This housing protects the springs from the elements and is typical of the high-end models from the 1950's.
Each of the two celluloid handle grips has the company logo (2)
Also note that the ends of the rod brake levers are coated with celluloid, again typical of bicycles from the early to mid 1950's.
Consistent with the front fender , fork and down tube, the gold pinstriping on the top tube is on both sides and logo appears at both ends of the pinstriping. (4)
The frame cover (top tube cover) has the company log twice and the works "Hikari Bicycle". (3)
The guarantee badge bears both the Hikari logo and name. (2)
This badge was attached to the top tube in front of the seat lug (see photo below).
That give us a total of 34 for the head, handlebars, top tube, down tube, seat tube and saddle. The total including the 31 from last week's Company Logos & Markings is 65. In the next post we will take a look at the chaincase, crank arms, cotterpin covers and pedals.
Next week's post will be the Japanese version of this one. I'll be back soon with another English post until then "stay trued and happy wheels!"