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2013年5月 5日 (日)

If you are going to put your name on it, it better be good.

次回、この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

I have mentioned numerous times that nearly each part of vintage Japanese bicycles from the 1950's bore the manufacturer's name or company logo, right down to the tiny fender stay screws. 

It is not rare for a single part to have the company logo or name more than once.  Take a good quality leather saddle for example.  A high-end leather saddle will have the manufacturer's logo/name four times:  once on each side, once on the rear and once on the top.  Let's take a look.

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First two logos can be found stamped into the leather on the left and right sides.P1210513P1210505

The third logo along with the company name can be found on the badge attached to the rear of the saddle.
(Note there is no JIS mark on the badge denoting that this saddle was manufactured before 1958.
Take a look at the metal framed saddle bag slots and braided chrome suspension coils. Certainly don't make them like they used to (Part 1 video)P1210515P1210508

The fourth logo marking is found stamped on the top of the saddle.P1210516P1210511

Heavy? Yes. But you don't need to wear special padded pants when you ride a bicycle with one of these saddles, because comfort is built-in.
High quality, superior comfort, beautiful and built to last a lifetime...you better believe it.
And that is exactly why I am totally sold on bicycles from the 1950's, because they were crafted to surpass the end-users' expectations.

Yep, they surely do not make them like they used to (Part 2 video).

   

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