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2011年7月22日 (金)

Cycle Gallery Yagami (Nagoya, Japan)

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Imagine if you can visiting a private bicycle museum with nearly 200 original bicycles predominantly from France, England, Germany the USA, ranging from the earliest wooden Hobby Horses of early 1800's to balloon tire cruisers from the 1950's. Bicycles not behind protective glass displays or roped off, but bicycles you can actually see up close.  Not only bicycles, but bicycle memorabilia that spans the full spectrum of bicycle history.
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Bicycles, bicycles and more bicycles.  Surely, this must be what heaven looks like?
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Genuine Hobby Horses from the early 1800's.
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Ordinary bicycles from the 1880's.
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Earliest Safety bicycles from around the late turn of the century.
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One cannot help but admire human ingenuity as one traces the development of the bicycle through the numerous displays.  Rare examples of bicycle designs and technology abound.
Example:  Click on the photo below and check out the design of the front fork and the rear shock absorber behind the saddle.
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American bicycles
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Schwinn Phantom (ORIGINAL!!!)
Every American boy's dream bicycle back in the 1950's.
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Bowden Spacelander another rare example of human ingenuity applied to bicycle design.
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How much would it cost to tour such a marvelous museum complete with guided tour?
\2,000 yen?   Nope.  \1,000 yen?  Nope.  Nothing.  That's right, the museum is a work of love by Mr. Shiro Yagami, probably Japan's largest private bicycle collector.  At 81 years young, Mr Yagami is as sharp as a whip and conducted the entire tour in perfect English. His extensive knowledge of bicycles, history and engineering is amazing. I highly recommend visiting this wonderful private collection and meeting Mr Yagami.
(By appointment only, Saturday's only.)

Cycle Gallery Yagami

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Richard-

I think the bike with the pseudo leaf-spring fork and seat stay shock is a Pierce....yes American.

You can see the diamond frame version of it here:

http://www.pierce-arrow.org/history/hist7.php

and here:

http://www.ebykr.com/2005/12/pierce-arrow/

and again, here...in the Smithsonian:

http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove/collection/object_299.html

Far ahead of it's time, or nothing new under the sun?

Chances are you are correct Jeff. The model in Mr Yagami's gallery doesn't have the shaft-drive, but the suspension appears to be the identical. The ingenuity of the suspension is amazing. Well ahead of its time.
Where would the world be without the bicycle? Next to the wheel itself the bicycle has to be the greatest invention. The Wright Brothers made bicycles and many of the “light-weight” parts were used on their Wright Flyer. Henry Ford also started out as a bicycle manufacturer. God bless our two wheeled buddy!

Yep.Definitely a pierce. In the first image you can see the massive golden "P" on the headbadge surrounded by an oval.

How many of those step-throughs still exist? Maybe there are NO other survivors.

Good eye Jeff. First Pearce I have ever seen that is step-through. Most of the time they have the top tube and most are the driveshaft models. You’ll have to stop by Cycle Gallery Yagami next time you are in Asia. Maybe pick up a few of your favorite tires while here:)

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