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2016年4月30日 (土)

Custom Yamaguchi Benny

次回この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

Here is a fine customized Yamaguchi Benny, possibly a Marubeni-Yamaguchi Benny,  sent in from U-san.  According to U-san he fell in love with old utility bicycles due to how well they were made, not to mention their durability.  Riding a comfortable, simple clean machine is how U-san relieves stress, an upright position and limited speed ensures that he can take in the scenery and enjoy the ride thereby forgetting daily cares.
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Certainly is one clean machine!  Sparkling!
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Let's take a look at some of the additions.  First off is a pair of manually operated turn signals.
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Next up is a nice gold lettered frame sign and leather frame cover.
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A nice cylindrical leather tool pouch (←link Japanese only) designed to fit in the loops of the hammock saddle.
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Add a box to the rear carrier and it is like being transported back in time 50 years.Dsc_0285
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A big thanks goes out to U-san for sharing photos of his cusomized Yamaguchi Benny.  If you would like to share photos of your vintage Japanese bicycle with other enthusiasts please send them to showajitensha@hotmail.co.jp

2016年4月16日 (土)

日米富士の高級車

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

日米富士の高級車。
事情があって持ち主はもう既に手放しましたが、いくつかの細かい点を見てみましょう。
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ブレークの握りに注目。.
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 日米富士の実に面白いところは商標(富士山)を部品に設計し込まれているところ。.

日米富士の風切りは山(富士山)の模様。
泥除けステーのネジ頭に商標の刻印があります。

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6ボルト・8ワットのダイナモ。
三共製のオールメッキでバッジ付き。Img_0896Img_0787Img_0788_2

フォークに転写マーク。
フォーククラウンカバーにも刻印。
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このような珍しいブレーキは初めて見ました。Img_0782

泥除けステーにも刻印。
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泥除けが尖っていて山のような形状。
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少し見にくいですがハブにも刻印。
スポークは黒いエナメル。
リムにも刻印。
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ランプブラケットにも刻印。
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三共製のランプ。.
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純正な日米富士ベル。
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ハンドルは、ロッドの代わりにチェーンがハンドルを通っています。
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ヘッドバッジ
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ヘッドチューブワン
ここまで一個々に社名や商標など刻印するのは素晴らしい。.
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フレーム(トップチューブ)カバー
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革製ハンモックサドル。
後ろにバッジ付き。
バッジに覇王と書いてありますが、これは覇王号自転車ではなく
日米富士の高級車なので後で付けられたかもしれません。
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チェーンケース
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コッターピンカバー
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高級車モデル用の拡張ブレーキ。
黒いエナメルスポーク。
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リア泥除けステーバッヂ
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反射板(枠は商標の富士山形状)
反射板の真下にバッヂがあります。
この箇所にバッヂがあるのは初めて見ました。.
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これは実に素晴らしい。
純正な日米富士のロック。
富士山の形状に出来ています。
(頂上に注目)
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珍しい銅メッキの台。
後ろにFujiの刻印。
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2016年4月 2日 (土)

Nichibei Fuji Deluxe

次回、この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

Here is a real treat an original Nichibei Fuji high-end model.  Nichibei Fuji was a leader in the bicycle manufacturing industry and this is one a deluxe model.
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Note the bull-horn brake levers.
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Let's take a look at some of the finer points.  First is the fender ornament in the shape of the company logo Mt. Fuji.  Even the tiny screws bear the company logo.  Nichibei Fuji was known for going to great lengths to design-in their logo (Mt. Fuji) into individual parts.
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An all chrome 6 volt 8 watt heavy-duty generator.Img_0896Img_0787Img_0788_2

The fork is stamped with the Fuji logo and the fork has an ornate Fuji transfer.
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Note the rare brake mechanism, first time I have seen this setup.
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Fender stays stamped with Fuji logo.
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The Fuji crested fenders.
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Though difficult to see the front hub bears the Fuji stamp.
Note the black enamel spokes and the stamp on the rim.
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Lamp bracket with the Fuji logo.
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Nice big all chrome Sankyo light.
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Original Fuji bell.
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Rare bull horn brake levers.
This setup employed a chain which ran through the handlebars to the short rod at the head.
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Head badge
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The detail of ensuring that every part bears the company name or logo is amazing.
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Top tube (frame) cover.
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Original leather hammock saddle.
Note the badge on the rear of the saddle.
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Great chaincase.
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Original drum brake or expansion brake found only on the high-end models.
Standard models employed the typical band brake setup.  As we saw with the front wheel the spokes are black enamel and the rim bears the Fuji mark.Img_0843
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Rear fender stay badge.
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Rear reflector in a mountain-shaped (Mt Fuji) case.
Note the badge beneath the reflector.  This is quite rare and the first time I have ever seen a rear fender with a badge in this location.
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This is unbelievable.  A genuine Nichibei Fuji lock.  Note how Nichibei Fuji designed-in the company logo (Mt. Fuji) into the casing.
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Nice copper plated rear rack with the cursive Fuji stamp on the rear.
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