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2010年11月27日 (土)

Building my own Hikari (Part 2)

次回、この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

Thanks to two vintage Japanese bicycle fans, S-san and W-san we have had a rare opportunity to take a step back in time and view prestine examples of high-end models made by Hikari.

Since I already own a NOS Hikari frame I decided to build my own Hikari.  However, trying to find parts made over 55 years ago is not easy.  Trying to find specific parts by a specific manufacturer for a specific model is nearly impossible.  But, I managed to use genuine parts from the same period, early to mid-1950's, some genuine Hikari and some made by other manufacturers.

Original Hikari Parts:

Frame Genuine Hikari High-end Model
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Fender ornament (Sorry link is in Japanese only)
Note the Hikari logo (光)not only in the center of the red portion, but also on the bolt heads.
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Handlebars
Celluloid grips
Note the Hikari logo.
I received these from a fellow enthusiast who owns an exceptionally well maintanined Hidori.
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Leather saddle (Sorry link is in Japanese only)
Has the logo on both sides of the saddle.Img_7148

Genuine Hikari saddle badge on the rear of the saddle.
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Genuine rear internal (expansion-type) drum brakeP1000264
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Non-original Parts
For the non-original parts I used parts from around the same period.  The non-original parts are:  the fenders, chaincase, fender stays, pedals, rear reflector, tires, tubes, rims, mudflap.

A few examples:
Daido Kogyo Roller Chain.
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Note how each link bears the company logo.
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Ebisu freewheel.(Sorry Ebisu HP is Japanese only)Img_6786

Chaincase
This is a nice chaincase from the 1950's.
Note the hinge just below the crankwheel cover at 6 o'clock, and, the screw at 12 o'clock.  The design enables the front portion to be opened which comes in handy when attaching the chain to the crankwheel.
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Also, note the transparent celluloid crankwheel cover.
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BE Rim (Commonly known as Westwood Rim)
This particular one was obviously made for Sekine.
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Tires are Japan Riken Rubber Company Img_7202 

In the next English post we will take a look at the completed project. 

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