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2018年9月29日 (土)

Yamaguchi MARUWAI-GO (②Before/After)

次回この記事の日本語版を投稿します。
In the previous post “Yamaguchi MARUWAI-GO (① Selecting a Project)” I introduced Mr. H who, writes:
“I came across your blog two years ago and was deeply moved.  You repeatedly mention that ‛If it was made well in the first place, it will come back to life’.  I took this to heart, found an old Yamaguchi MARUWAI-GO bicycle as my first project.”
 
We also examined Mr. H's restoration project, a genuine, yet rather weather-beaten old Yamaguchi MARUWAI-GO from around 1951.  We shall now take a look at the results of Mr. H's first restoration conducted in his spare time over the course of six months whilst juggling both family and job.
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Amazing job indeed, especially when one considers it was his first project.  Let's take a closer look.
As the saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words" so I will let the before/after photos speak for themselves.


Front Fender 【Before・After】

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Head Tube 
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Fork, Fork Crown, Front Brake 
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Frame 【Before・After】
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Frame (Down Tube) 【Before・After】
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Frame (Bottom Bracket) 【Before・After】
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Chaincase
  
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Rear Fender 
【Before・After】
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Rear Brake 【Before・After】
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I am a firm believer that most old things, not only bicycles, but pumps, wooden furniture, weight driven and wind-up clocks (link Japanese only), manual typewriters, rotary lawn mowers  and the like, precisely because they  are simple, sturdy, made of genuine materials and made well (built-to-last) in the first place, as opposed to being disposable, with a little elbow grease can indeed be brought back to life.
   
An absolutely amazing job indeed. 
The level of detail is outstanding.
Mr H has clearly proven that "If it was made well in the first place, it will come back to life”.
Hats off to Mr. H and his beloved two-wheeled buddy Yamaguchi MARUWAI-GO.

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