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2019年3月30日 (土)

Spoke Bell (Video Added)

次回、この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

In the last post "Nichibei Fuji Bell" I listed a link to a revolving bell on Youtube. I received an email from H.G. who watched the video and wrote in with the following request:

"Thanks to your blog I am a believer in that fact that many old things are not junk, but actually a kind of buried treasure.  I was wondering if you could post a simple video of the spoke bell mentioned in an earlier post."  

Indeed, there is a post on the cable actuated spoke bell, as well as the rod actuated spoke bell but no video of either so the request is legitamate and shall be fulfilled.

Spoke bells are an ingenious design, whereby, when the lever attached to the handlebars is depressed, rod-linkage moves a spring held clapper into the spokes, and, as the wheel turns, each spoke then bends and releases the spring held clapper rending a machine-gun of rings:  ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding. 

(Okay, H.G. here you go, just click here or on the linked photo below to see and hear the spoke bell in action.)

Spoke-bell-photo

 

2019年3月17日 (日)

日米富士ベル

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

面白いものを見つけました。
それは純正な日米富士 自転車ベルです。

昭和20年代後半~30年代前半の大半の自転車ベルの特徴は、メッキの真鍮製共振器に商標が鋳られています。

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主な自転車製造社は各部品に商標を1個以上仕込まれていましたが、日米富士が特にこだわっていたようです。
「そこまでやるか…」とふと呟くくらい全部品に様々な仕掛けで商標が設計し込まれています。
百聞は一見にしかずなので是非ご自分の目でご確認ください【←クリック】。
ベルの引き金に商標の刻印があります。
ここまでやるか?
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ベルの共振器ベースに注目して下さい。
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有名な日米富士商標の富士山。
数えてみると25座!
共振器を一周している刻印が山脈に見えます。
ここまでやるか?
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一個の自転車ベルに日米富士商標が27個。
現代はここまでやりません。
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現代も似たようなベルがまだ製造されていますが、現代のモデルは共振器が真鍮製かどうか分かりません。

現代では見かけない、これより古く音量が大きい回転式ベル」 というモデルを試聴して下さい。
注意: 試聴する前に音量を下げるようにお勧めします。

2019年3月 3日 (日)

Nichibei Fuji Bell

次回この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

Here is an interesting find.  A genuine Nichibei Fuji bicycle bell.
Like most bells from the  1950's it is chrome plated and has the manufacturer's trademark casted into the brass resonator.
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Although manufacturers went to great lengths to put their trademark on each and every part, often more than once on a single part, Nichibei Fuji appears to have been one of the leaders in designing-in their trademark on virtually every part.  For example, reference the link below to see just how obsessed Nichibei Fuji was in designing-in their trademark.

Mountain Day & Nichibei Fuji (4)
Note the Nichibei Fuji trademark stamped into the trigger.
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Also take a close look at the design along the base of the resonator. 
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That design is the infamous Fuji logo, 25 of them to be exact, a virtual mountain chain encircling the base of the resonator.
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A single bell, and the Fuji trademark appears twenty-seven times.
Nope, they certainly don't make them like this anymore.
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This style of bell can still be found today, though I am uncertain as to whether or not the resonators are still made of brass. Check out its predecessor, known as the"Revolving" bell, which is rarely seen today, and, moreover, much louder.
WARNING: You may want to lower your volume before hitting the "play" button:)

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