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2012年10月27日 (土)

Riding "Triangle Style"

次回、この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

Notice anything different about the way the youngster in the photo below is riding?
Look closely. This style of riding is known as "riding triangle style"SANKAKU-NORI (三角乗り).

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Photo: Eizo Shonozuka

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Photo: Bicycle Culture Center 自転車文化センター

Sixty years ago bicycles were the only affordable private transportation households could afford, and even then cost two months' salary.  Most families had only one bicycle, the "family bicycle".  Only affluent households had children's bicycles. The vast majority of of children growing up in the 1950's learned to ride a bicycle using the "family" bicycle which was typically a men's 26 inch all steel diamond frame.  The top tube presented a challenge as the child's legs were to short to reach the pedals.  But "where there is a will, there is a way" and children rode adult bicycles despite their legs being too short to reach the pedals by employing an acrobatic-like technique known as "riding triangle style".

As can be seen in the above photo this "riding triangle style" consisted of inserting the right leg through the main triangle of the frame to the crank-side pedal, and, whilst leaning the bicycle to the right kicking off with the left foot to gain momentum and then placing the left foot on the other pedal.

You have to admire their sense of balance as much as their determination. Keep in mind these bicycles cumbersome weighing around 35 kilograms, more than the weight of the child. 

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Photo: Bicycle Culture Center 自転車文化センター

I'm looking for additional photos of children riding triangle style, if you have any photos or stories please contact me:  showajitensha@hotmail.co.jp

 

2012年10月21日 (日)

雨除けカバー

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

先日、古き良き自転車の愛好家から写真付き「雨除けカバー」について問い合わせをいただきました。
下記の白黒写真が送られてきて、雨除けカバーを自作される予定だそうです。
何か情報はありませんか?というような内容でした。

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Photos: 「写真が語るふるさと河原」

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Photos:  アーカイブス出版「薗部 澄写真集 追憶の街 昭和30年~昭和36年 埼玉」

3年くらい前に、古い自転車屋さんに未使用の雨除けカバーをいただきました。
表は紺色の厚みがあるカンバスで、裏は黒いゴムのような生地で防水製ばっちりで作られています。.
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自転車に付けるのは非常に簡単で1分しか掛りません。
上の部分の紐をハンドルに結び付けます。

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下の両側の紐がループになっている部分を軸の両側に掛けるだけで取り付け完了。P1160425

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骨組みは2本、一番上に横棒と泥除けのところにもう一本。

風の抵抗や安全性が少々気になります。

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2012年10月14日 (日)

Rain Cover

次回、この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

I was recently contacted by a fellow vintage Japanese bicycle enthusiast who sent me the following vintage photos of bicycles with rain covers and wanted to know if I had any information on rain covers as he is interested in fabricating one.130
Photos: 「写真が語るふるさと河原」

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Photos:  アーカイブス出版「薗部 澄写真集 追憶の街 昭和30年~昭和36年 埼玉」

I actually acquired one of these rain covers a few years back from an old bicycle shop. They are made of two or possibly three ply material; a heavy canvas tent like material on the front and a black rubber material on the back.  No doubt extremely waterproof.
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They attach in minutes by simply tying to the handlebars and slipping the loops at the bottom on to the front axle

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Loops that slip on to the front axle.P1160425 .
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I imagine that the wind resistance these must create surely attributed to their downfall.  A sudden gust in a storm could easily blow the rider into traffic.

 

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