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2013年9月23日 (月)

Fuji Feather (Part 3 Mid-section)

次回この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

In the first installment of this series "Fuji Feather Part 1 Introduction" I mentioned that this was a very rare lady's high-end model, that there were far too many details to cover in a single post and that we would look at it in three separate installments: front, middle and rear. In the previous post  "Fuji Feather Part 2 Front-end" we covered the front-end and in this installment we will look at the mid-section.

The most outstanding feature of the mid-section is without a doubt the transparent celluloid chaincase. Celluloid in chaincases came in three types.
(1)All celluloid chaincase.
(2)Front half (outer-half) as we will see below
(3)Celluloid chainwheel cover
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This is pure art!.
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I have mentioned before that Nichibei often designed their mountain logo into many of their parts. Take a close look at the chainwheel.  It is designed with three mountains.
The clear celluloid case has a beautiful raised brass Nichibei Fuji emblem, and the cotter pin covers (Japanese only) are stamped with the company logo as well.
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Note the cursive Fuji Feather in red letters.Img_20130826_20102291

Notice the chain links below, each and every link bears the company's name. 
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Also in the mid-section we see artistic Fuji Feather transfers on the head lug as well as on both the upper and lower down tubes. 
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On the seat tube is another ornate transfer.
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At the bottom of the seat tube is the guarantee badge which replaced the guarantee medals more commonly found on vintage Japanese bicycles prior to and including the mid-1950s.
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Sprung leather saddle (Japanese only).

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Fuji badge on rear of sprung leather saddle.Img_20130825_223205137_4

The crank arms are stamped with NICHIBEI FUJI.
Note the shape of the crank arms. Octagonal!
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Below are close-ups of the bottom bracket.  Note the teeny tiny Nichibei Fuji logos stamped on the bottom bracket lock ring and bearing cup..
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In the final installment of this series we will take a look at the rear-end.



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