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2017年8月 5日 (土)

Surprise visit

次回この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

The other day whilst in the midst of the slow incremental process of creating a workshop I had an unexpected visit from a fellow vintage Japanese bicycle enthusiast, K-san.
I have met many vintage bicycle enthusiasts over the years, but the first time to meet one so young.  Turns out that K-san is a bicycle courier and spends eight hours or more each day running deliveries on a vintage 1950's era heavy duty carrier cycle.  Let's take a closer look.

Here is K-san's two-wheeled "steel packhorse" for running deliveries.
Note the long wheelbase and shallow frame angle design and extended large rear carrier for transporting extra-large loads.
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The bicycle is a Tancho.  As is typical of the early or mid-1950's era Japanese bicycles the badges (Link in Japanese language only)  are pure works of art made with Japanese cloisonne  (七宝焼き Shippoyaki). 
The badges are in very good condition for a heavy duty carrier cycle which were steel packhorses and often took tremendous beatings.
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Fender ornament.
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Ornate front fender stay badge.
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Heavy duty springer front fork.
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Oil lubricated front hub. (Link is in Japanese language only)
Note the oil cap.
Black spokes.
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Riding over eight hours a day on a heavy duty carrier cycle transporting large heavy packages is tough work.
K-san fitted his steel packhorse with a vintage Japanese 66 Two Six 3-speed internally geared hub.
These are really good 3-speed hubs, in the past I built a wheel with the same 3-speed hub and used a Sturmey-Archer quadrant shifter (Link in Japanese language only).
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Even though it is fitted with a 3-speed internally geared hub, making deliveries on a heavy duty carrier cycle is tough work, as can be seen by the blisters on K-san's hands.Img_7625

Making deliveries into the evening requires sufficient lighting.
K-san has fitted his two wheeled steel packhorse with a fine headlight and taillight.
Note how K-san has improved the wire connections fitting the wire ends with terminal connectors.
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Nice roller equipped heavy duty stand keeps the steel packhorse stable even when parked with a full load on the rear carrier.
The Tancho is fitted with 1 3/4 inch rims/tires on both the front and rear; however, given the width of the rear fender I suspect it originally had 2 inch rim/tire.
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Help needed.
The Tancho is fitted with a handlebar that may be unoriginal to the Tancho.
If anyone recognizes the trade mark below kindly contact me at showajitensha@hotmail.co.jp.
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丸石のアトラスのロッド式ブレーキについて教えて下さい。ハンドルのところに通しているブレーキレバーを外したのですが「左右」が分からなくなってしまいました。片方のレバー(ロッド)がカーブが少し激しくなっていています。その分握ったときに少しレバーが内側に入る感じになります。かなり古いのでぶつけたりして変形したのでしょうか?本来は左右対称(左右同じ)なのでしょうか?

こんばんは
メーカーとモデルによりますが、左右は同じ形のものもあります。こちらは持っているのが一台だけです。下記のリンク参照。
http://chikutakurinrin.cocolog-nifty.com/photos/4/dsc06672.html
注目: 形状が一緒、握り部分もシンプルで一緒

アトラスは詳しくありませんが、ロッド左右の形状は一緒であるとしても左右握る形状は少し異なる場合が多いかと思います。実物を拝見しない限りなんとも言えますん。

ご希望に添えずすみません。

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