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2010年10月30日 (土)

Sleeping Beauty! Hikari

次回、この投稿を日本語にします。

Often people send me photos of their vintage Japanese bicycles.  But rarely do I receive photos from the same person having more than one pre-1960's Japanese bicycle.  But W-san in Wakayama is an exception.  W-san is a Japanese vintage bicycle fan and collector.  What makes him so special is three things.  First he has more than one bicycle.  Second, like myself, he is a foreigner.  And thirdly, is his amazing luck at finding vintage Japanese bicycles!

Below are a few bicycles from W-san's collection:
(Click on the links to see more photos.  Several of the links wil take you to articles in Japanese, bear with me as I only started posting in English this year and have over two years worth of articles in Japanese which I need to put into English one of these days.)

Kamome-Go
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Kyoryoku-Go
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Kikutei-Go
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Well his finds are impressive.  But this time takes the cake.  You may recall I recently ran a five week feature on a Hikari bicycle based on photos sent in from S-san in Okayama and examined how many times the company name/logo appeared.   Well, W-san sent in the following photos of a very similar Hikari high-end model, but with some key differences.

This is a photo prior to cleaning her up.
No parts missing.
Much of the frame retains original protective wrapping and has not seen the daylight in over 55 years.

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W-san says, it was found in an old rice shed.  Obviously very well protected from the elements.

Some very interesting things to note.  Look at how the rod for the back brake is attached to the down tube.  Typically, the back brake fulcrum is on the left side of the down tube; however, in this case it is appears on both sides of the down tube.  This places the location of the bake brake rod directly in front and center of the head tube.

The Hikari fender ornament is really a one of a kind.  The bug-eyed aerodynamic design is ahead of its time when you consider that this bicycle is from around 1953.
(S-san's Hikari fender ornament) 

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The head badge is a work of art.  Beautifully enamelled in ruby red, white and gold. Here you get a closer look at that back brake assembly connected to the down tube. Again, note how the back brake rod is directly behind the front brake rod.  (Comparative photo)

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Handlebar badges like this one were typically found on the high-end models.

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Look at this!  Leather grips, and, reverse brake levers.
This model must have been the top of the line model and turned quite a few heads in her day.

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A sure sign that this beauty was sleeping somewhere well protected is the condition of the leather saddle. The fact that it is not sagging at all indicates that it wasn't used much.  Look at the frame still wrapped and the top tube frame cover attached.

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After a nice clean up, oiling, tire change and removal of the old chaincase which happened to be celluloid and was unfortunately cracked, the Hikari sparkles!

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The transfers (decals) are as bright as can be, indicating her days outside in the hot sun were definitely limited.

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Note the internal drum brake, another telltale sign of a high-end models.

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The bicycle still retains its original cotterpin covers, generator and lock with key.

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Even the registration badge is still attached

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This is about as nice a find as one could hope for.

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I have been collecting parts for a year or two in hopes of accumulating enough parts to complete a Hikari NOS (new old stock) frame.  Let's see what I can do and I will post in a week or two.

A geat big thank you goes out to W-san for sharing his photos with us!
If you would like to share your photos with other enthusiasts please send them to me at the following address:
showajitensha@hotmail.co.jp 

2010年10月22日 (金)

多摩川・関戸橋自転車フリーマーケット (ビデオ)

I'll be back soon with another post in English, until then stay trued and happy wheels!

10月16日(土)、年に2回開催されている多摩川関戸橋サイクルフリーマーケットに行ってきました。
幸い12キロしか離れていないため、早起きして6時半までに着きました。
ちょうどいい時間かと思ったら、もう店開きしている方も!!

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天気が最高でしたし、自転車が好きな方々がたくさん集まっていました!
3年前から行っていますが、毎回人が増えているような気がします。
8時までにもう活動全開。 

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駐車場がないので、自転車で来られる方が圧倒的に多いです。
お店を見るのも面白いが、皆さんの愛車を見るのも結構楽しい。
色々ジャンルがあるからこそ勉強にもなります。

少し話が変わりますが、
古い自転車はダサいとか重いと思う人が少なくありません。
しかし、私にとっては機能的で頑丈でシンプル。
現代は何もかも、より軽量化でより速い。
これもいいですが、
私は「スローライドで自転車に乗ることだけではなく、周りの環境を味わう」のが好きです。

現代の自転車のスタンドはあまり機能的ではないようです。
付いていない自転車も少なくはありません。
現代の自転車に付いていても一本なので、芝生の上だと地面を貫通して沈み込んで転倒してしまいます。
しかし、古い自転車のスタンドは転倒しないよう見事ににしっかり立てます。
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当日、お仕事でこられなかった方や遠くて無理な方などのために、多摩川関戸橋サイクルフリーマーケットの雰囲気を少しでも分かっていただけるようにビデオを撮りました。
よろしければ、ご覧ください。
多摩川関戸橋自転車フリーマーケット2010年10月16日 Video #1

多摩川関戸橋自転車フリーマーケット2010年10月16日 Video #2

次回のフリーマーケットは来年4月16日!!

2010年10月16日 (土)

Tamagawa (Sekidobashi) Flea Market (Video)

次回、この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

The bi-annual Tamagawa (SEKIDOBASHI) Bicycle Flea Market was held today.  Luckily I only live 12 kilometers away so I arrived early at 6:30, but there were already quite a few vendors selling.

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The weather was perfect and the the number of people seems to increase each time the flea market is held.  By 8:00 things were in full swing. 

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The number of bicycles was impressive, but one thing struck me.
As you can see in the photos many modern bicycles either don't have kickstands, or, the kickstands bore into the turff and are useless, thus people have to lay their beloved two wheeled buddy on the ground.  But not the good'ol fashioned bicycle.  As you can see it is one of the few standing!
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For those of you who had to work, live too far away or just happened to miss the flea market, click on the links below to get an idea of just how many people attend this event.

Tamagawa (Sekidobashi) Bicycle Flea Market Video #1

Tamagawa (Sekidobashi) Bicycle Flea Market Video #2

Don't miss the next flea market to be held Saturday, April 16th 2011.

2010年10月 9日 (土)

多摩川(関戸橋)自転車フリーマーケット&長寿自転車商会

I will be back with another English post soon, until then stay trued and happy wheels!bicycle

もうすぐ多摩川自転車フリーマーケットrun
毎年、4月と10月第3土曜日の多摩川関戸橋で行われます。
今年は10月16日(土)

(写真の上をクリックして写真が拡大されます。)
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このフリーマーケットは早朝に始まります。
朝6時にもう店開きしている方もいます。
8時ごろ全力活動。
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ビンテージ自転車が好きな方は、フリーマーケットのあと「長寿自転車商会」に寄るのがお勧めです。
50年以上の老舗です。
私は昭和20年後半~30年代前半の自転車をレストアするのが好きですが、情報が非常に乏しい。
しかし、長寿自転車商会の店主は知識が豊富で、いろいろご丁寧に教えて下さり、とても助かっています。
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店に入るとまるでタイムスリップするようです。
壁にビンテージ実用車やスポーツ車などが飾られています。
例えば、50年以上前に製造された高級車のミドリ実用車。Img_7679

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長寿自転車商会は多摩川関戸橋から約12キロ。
多摩川サイクルロードの多摩水道橋で左折して世田谷通りに入り、1キロ先の狛江三又路の交差点左側にあります。
(下記の地図参照)

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〒201-0003
東京都狛江市東和泉1丁目5-13

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2010年10月 2日 (土)

Tamagawa (SEKIDOBASHI) Flea Market

次回、この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

The bi-annual Tamagawa (SEKIDOBASHI) Bicycle Flea Market is just around the corner.  Held on the third Saturday of April and October, along the banks of the Tamagawa river, the flea market is a great place to make connections with fellow cyclists of every genre.  So mark it on your calendar, Saturday, October 16th.

CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

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The early bird gets the worm, so get there early.  It is not uncommon for people to set up shop at 6am!  Certainly by 7am or 8am things are in full swing and by 12pm most people are closing shop.
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If you are a vintage Japanese bicycle fan like myself, I recommend stopping off at 長寿自転車商会 (Choju Jitensha Shokai = Long Life Bicycle Shop).  Long life is right, the propriotor has over 50 years in the bicycle business.  When I restore bicycles, if I have a question, the propietor has the answer and is literally a living encyclopedia when it comes to vintage Japanese bicycles, espescially utility bicycles from the 1950s.  His wealth of information comes not from books, but from experience. 
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Upon entering the shop one literally steps back in time.  Adorning the walls of the tiny shop are vintage Japanese bicycles some dating back over 50 years.  A pristine example is the high-end utility bicycle manufactured by the Midori Bicycle Company.Img_7679

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The shop is about a 10km ride from SEKIDOBASHI.   Just follow the bicycle path along side Tamagawa east bound until you hit Tama Suidobashi take a left on to Setagaya Doori and the shop is about a kilometer ahead on the left.
(Click on the map below)

長寿自転車商会
〒201-0003
東京都狛江市東和泉1丁目5-13

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