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Japanese Steel: Classic Bicycle Design from Japan

Old 07-16-19, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
Scott - there are some Japanese bike shops and collectors who would basically complete your needs in a visit or two if you pursued the custom builder route. I'm thinking Shinkai Cycle, specifically. Check out their Instagram page.

I have an early 80s Alps bike built by Toei that I would offer for photographs but it's probably been repainted some time in the last 15 years.

Thanks for that lead, I've followed Shinkai from my IG cycling account. I'd love to see photos of your Alps, repainted is not always a bad thing.

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Originally Posted by ScottRyder View Post
Thanks for that lead, I've followed Shinkai from my IG cycling account. I'd love to see photos of your Alps, repainted is not always a bad thing.

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Here are some pictures of the frameset:







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Originally Posted by ScottRyder View Post
Second, there are some Japanese builders that I think would make a lovely book, such as Toei, Erba, Nagasawa, Zunow, 3 Rensho, and Cherubim.
I don't know much about them, but they seem to make some pretty nice bikes: Maruishi

My 1986 Nashbar MKIII Road Bike (full Suntour Cyclone) was evidently made by Maruishi of Ishiwata 024 tubing. It's a really nice bike for a "house brand" bike.

And this beauty Maruishi Emperor showed up on the SF Bay Area craigslist recently. I believe this was probably not a bike that was available on the American market.
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Wow! Now that's what I'm talking about!!

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I'm stumped, what is that handle for? Easier to carry on public transportation?

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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
I don't know much about them, but they seem to make some pretty nice bikes: Maruishi

My 1986 Nashbar MKIII Road Bike (full Suntour Cyclone) was evidently made by Maruishi of Ishiwata 024 tubing. It's a really nice bike for a "house brand" bike.

And this beauty Maruishi Emperor showed up on the SF Bay Area craigslist recently. I believe this was probably not a bike that was available on the American market.
I like mine:

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Originally Posted by ScottRyder View Post
I'm stumped, what is that handle for? Easier to carry on public transportation?

Scott
I think it's a combination of the ability to lift the bike when portaging over rough mountain terrain, and the ability to lift the bike when broken down into rinko mode for train travel. Alps was famous for making pass-hunting bikes and for developing the rinko concept.
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Coming back to the topic of those "GTO" bikes, here's one for sale on Ebay - a Katakura Silk "Speed Master"

Crazy little thing...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Katakura-Si...MAAOSwg1JcQoJw

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Coming back to the topic of those "GTO" bikes, here's one for sale on Ebay - a Katakura Silk "Speed Master"
Must be named for the amount of mass that it carries downhill.

Are those EA3-sized wheels?

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Hello Johnnyace.

I think there are a few pages written about / on Nishiki. I am interested in that. Is it detailed ? Meaning, do all the vintage models appaer in the book with specs and so on ?

Greetings from The Netherland. Leonneke
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
I think it's a combination of the ability to lift the bike when portaging over rough mountain terrain, and the ability to lift the bike when broken down into rinko mode for train travel. Alps was famous for making pass-hunting bikes and for developing the rinko concept.
Not that most of them needed it, but it would have made the frame much stronger and stiffer as well, may have also been a consideration, primary had to be portage.
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Originally Posted by Leonneke View Post
Hello Johnnyace.

I think there are a few pages written about / on Nishiki. I am interested in that. Is it detailed ? Meaning, do all the vintage models appaer in the book with specs and so on ?

Greetings from The Netherland. Leonneke
Yes, there are some wonderful Nishikis in the book:

1983 International
1979 Superbe
1981 Comp II
1972 Professional
1981 Ultimate

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Old 08-15-19, 01:42 PM
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Yes, there are some wonderful Nishikis in the book: Scott
Thanks so far Scott. Could you have a look if the Nishiki Trim ACE is in the book also ???? It was in production around 1977 - 1978. They had the handwriting "Designed by Nishiki"

( The models after that were named Trim Master - handwriting "Designed by Kawamura" )

Greetings Leonneke
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Originally Posted by Leonneke View Post
Thanks so far Scott. Could you have a look if the Nishiki Trim ACE is in the book also ???? It was in production around 1977 - 1978. They had the handwriting "Designed by Nishiki"

( The models after that were named Trim Master - handwriting "Designed by Kawamura" )

Greetings Leonneke
No sir, that model is not in the book.

Cheers,

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I'm glad to hear everyone is enjoying the book! I was really blessed to get to photograph such beautiful machines!! What do you think we should do next? Any thoughts?

Scott

Excellent job with the photography! I picked up my copy a month or so ago.
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Excellent job with the photography! I picked up my copy a month or so ago.

Thank you, I appreciate that!


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Originally Posted by Leonneke View Post
Thanks so far Scott. Could you have a look if the Nishiki Trim ACE is in the book also ???? It was in production around 1977 - 1978. They had the handwriting "Designed by Nishiki"

( The models after that were named Trim Master - handwriting "Designed by Kawamura" )

Greetings Leonneke
The name sounds like a European model. Serial number?
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The name sounds like a European model. Serial number?
Hello T-Mar. Yes, as far as I understand the numbering, it is a European Model.

The frame number is EG 01354
E stands for European Market ???
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Hello T-Mar. Yes, as far as I understand the numbering, it is a European Model.

The frame number is EG 01354
E stands for European Market ???
Yes, the Kawamura serial numbers reported by European members typically have an "E" prefix. Kawamura is the only manufacturer I've some across that incorporated a market/distributor code. The "G" could represent 1977 or 1987 manufacture and if was late in the calendar year it could represent the subsequent model year. You have to look at the frame characteristics to determine the decade.
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Yes, the Kawamura serial numbers reported by European members typically have an "E" prefix. Kawamura is the only manufacturer I've some across that incorporated a market/distributor code. The "G" could represent 1977 or 1987 manufacture and if was late in the calendar year it could represent the subsequent model year. You have to look at the frame characteristics to determine the decade.
Thanks T-Mar. The bike is mostly equipped with Shimano 600 Arabesque. It still has (had) a 5 speed Uni Glide Freewheel. (120 mm spacing ) Friction shifters. And Araya rims, Araya 18.

So counting all this together, it has to be 1977.

When I was 14 ( this was in 1978 ) I had a similar bike with all the same specs and assembly.

I was quite lucky with this bike. It was pre-owned by a bicycle shop for some decades. When this bicycle shop went bankrupt, the owner sold the bike to a student for very little money. That's were I bought it from (for little money). The bike was in 'mint' condition. All the grease was dried out. The tyres were dried out / rotten. I replaced some Sakae parts for Shimano 600 to complete the looks. Fantastic ride !!!!
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Thanks T-Mar. The bike is mostly equipped with Shimano 600 Arabesque. It still has (had) a 5 speed Uni Glide Freewheel. (120 mm spacing ) Friction shifters. And Araya rims, Araya 18.

So counting all this together, it has to be 1977.

When I was 14 ( this was in 1978 ) I had a similar bike with all the same specs and assembly.

I was quite lucky with this bike. It was pre-owned by a bicycle shop for some decades. When this bicycle shop went bankrupt, the owner sold the bike to a student for very little money. That's were I bought it from (for little money). The bike was in 'mint' condition. All the grease was dried out. The tyres were dried out / rotten. I replaced some Sakae parts for Shimano 600 to complete the looks. Fantastic ride !!!!
If it came OEM with Shimano 600 EX (a.k.a. Arabesque or 2nd generation 600), then it would be a 1978 model, as that group debuted for the 1978 model year.
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I've seen multiple Bridgestone bikes of that style in my area over the years.
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Nishiki Olympic

So, after reading some of the commentary above, is the Nishiki Olympic I JUST picked up yesterday a POS?
(KS271### which is a '73 I think?) It needs a little work, but if it's low quality I may take that into account when I decide how much to put into it.
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