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Old 05-04-21, 07:26 PM
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Kofu Wind antique Japanese bicycle

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I am new to this group and have a question. I own an antique Japanese bicycle called a "Kofu Wind". It is a 3-speed 24 inch bike made around 1950 by the Kofu bicycle company in Kofu, Japan and then imported to the US and other countries. The Kofu Bicycle company no longer exists to my knowledge. I have owned this bicycle since I was 10 years old in 1957! Since then I have never seen another one like it. It is still in pretty good shape. However, I am missing all the accessories like the fenders, chain guard, storage pouch, tire punp, and even the mechanical switch mounted on the handle bar for changing the gears. These parts were on the bike when I got it but most were prompted discarded back in the late 1950s. Over the years I have tried to find parts for this bike but the only thing I have ever found was a new seat and an advertisement from a magazine showing a picture of the bicycle on eBay. I have contacted many antique bike dealers and organizations but no one has ever been able to help me. I was told that the Kofu bicycle company existed for many years and made many bikes for export as well as for sale in Japan. But my attempts to contact anyone connected to the company or antique bike clubs in Japan have not been answered. Someone somewhere must be familial with this Japanese bike company and maybe even have a bike like mine. So this post is my latest attempt and I have nothing to lose by asking for help! Don Weston

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So your best bet is asking in the Classic and Vintage subforum. Beyond that Japan is probably the only place but finding obscure parts from the 50s outside of their origin country can be quite tough as you have already found. Certainly a shifter can be found as it is probably a Shimano 3.3.3 shifter and I have seen those occasionally on the fleaBay. Fenders you might find something more modern-is for 24" which may work but chainguard and correct storage pouch would be tough.
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Thanks. I have tried posting on a Japanese antique bike website that was in English but never got any responses. I will report my request as you suggested.
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Thank you. The 1960 Kofu Wind bike certainly looks like my earlier model and I misspoke on the tire size. It should have been 26 inch not 24 inch.
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Thank you. The 1960 Kofu Wind bike certainly looks like my earlier model and I misspoke on the tire size. It should have been 26 inch not 24 inch.
26" you might have a better time finding fenders of course 559 ISO is going to be different from the other 26" ISOs but at least close enough to work.
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26" you might have a better time finding fenders of course 559 ISO is going to be different from the other 26" ISOs but at least close enough to work.
Thanks for the information. I am looking for the correct fenders for my bike, not something close. If I fortunate enough to find another bike like mine for sale, hopefully it will have the parts I am missing and then I can restore those parts and put them on my bike!
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Thanks for the information. I am looking for the correct fenders for my bike, not something close. If I fortunate enough to find another bike like mine for sale, hopefully it will have the parts I am missing and then I can restore those parts and put them on my bike!
Fair dinkum, that is going to be a real tough one but a fun challenge.
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Those are 590 wheels I think, same as my 1973 CCM. Just look for a department store bike.
These are the best fenders I have ever seen.

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Hi veganbikes. Did you see the pictures of my Kofu Wind bike that I uploaded? It was in pretty rough shape after sitting in a shed for over 50 years. I did an amateur restoration which was limited to new paint, tires, chain and seat. Everything else on the bike is original including the pedals and handle bar grips. Finding the correct seat on eBay in like new condition was amazing! It was the one and only Kofu Wind bicycle part I have ever found on eBay or anywhere else. Also finding 26 inch red tires with white sidewalls was a bit of a challenge.......Don Weston
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Originally Posted by dfw7849 View Post
Hi veganbikes. Did you see the pictures of my Kofu Wind bike that I uploaded? It was in pretty rough shape after sitting in a shed for over 50 years. I did an amateur restoration which was limited to new paint, tires, chain and seat. Everything else on the bike is original including the pedals and handle bar grips. Finding the correct seat on eBay in like new condition was amazing! It was the one and only Kofu Wind bicycle part I have ever found on eBay or anywhere else. Also finding 26 inch red tires with white sidewalls was a bit of a challenge.......Don Weston
I have not seen them yet but when you get to 10 posts on the forum you can post them here and everyone can see them easily. I am excited to see them and I am sure you will find some helpful and fun folks to chat with in the Classic and Vintage subforum as well as many of our other sub-forums.
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Hi Vegan,
Someone told me I could upload the photos even though I don't have 10 posts yet. They said the photos would be visible in some kind of general gallery but not in the thread? So I uploaded the photos but don't know how to check the gallery to see if they are there?
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