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2012年12月22日 (土)

Nozawa Bicycle Works (Bicycle Photos)

次回、この記事の日本語版を投稿します

In the previous post we took a brief look at Nozawa Bicycle Works.  "S"-san a vintage bicycle enthusiast from Niigata prefecture recently sent in these photos of his vintage Nozawa bicycle.  Certainly is one clean machine. Let's take a closer look.

Has all the characteristics of a bicycle from late 50's:
Sprung leather saddle (Japanese only)
Fender ornament
Celluloid grips
Head badge, seat tube badge,
Chaincase badge,
Chrome BE rims
BE tires
Rubber block pedals (Japanese only)
Rod brake handlebars
Top tube frame cover
full fenders, mud flap, pinstriping etc.

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Note the fender ornament, Nozawa stamp, hand painted dual line pinstriping and ornate transfer.
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Classic rod brake handlebars that have the high-end brass spring protector complete with raised letter Nozawa logo. Also note the chrome plated brass bell with Nozawa logo.  Though hard to see, the top tube sports a Nozawa frame cover, the pedals have the Nozawa logo on the rubber blocks,  and the seat tube has at least one badge.
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Head badge appears to be partially cloisonne, crown is chrome  with "Tokyo Nozawa" raised letter stamping..
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Sprung leather saddle with Nozawa Works stamp.  Note the unique design of the large rings on saddle frame.
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Saddle badge, rear carrier badge and cloisonne fender stay badge.  Note the screws are slotted (minus) screws.  It has been my experience that the quality of materials used for screws varied greatly among the manufacturers. 
Again note the hand painted pinstriping. Ca3g0084

Chaincase badge. Note the slotted screw for the crankwheel cover.
Materials used for screws varied greatly among the manufacturers, but the screws on the Nozawa bicycles are exceptionally good.
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Chrome BE rims stamped with the Nozawa Works logo.Ca3g0086

They don't make them like they used to, that's for sure.

Thanks goes out to "S-san" for sharing photos of his two wheeled buddy.

If you have photos you would like to share send them to: showajitensha@hotmail.co.jp

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