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TOEI

TOEI

The company was established at Daito-ward Tokyo on 1955 by Umeji Uchiho who was a head manager of Maruto bicycle. The current president of company is fourth-generation. The company name came from Higashi Ei mountain Kanei temple near Ueno station. The place of temple was in Ueno Park now.
The company moved to Machiya Daito-ward Tokyo on 1966. The bicycle boom had happened in those days and getting bicycle parts from the oversea came to be easier than before. The frame order had been increasing rapidly. For example, the standard frame was ordered several hundreds a month.
The company built two stories building at Urawa city Saitama prefecture in 1976. Ground floor was used for show room, office, and workshop; and second floor was used for a dormitory of employees, and storage space.
The company moved again to Kawaguchi city Saitama prefecture. Nowadays there are three crafts men in the workshop; and had been making steel frame continuously.

Cherubim

CHERUBIM by Konno Cycleworks (Shin-ichi Konno)

CHERUBIM was founded in 1965, represents the history of custom frame-building in Japan. Three Konno brothers and their frames, CHERUBIM, 3Rensho and Miyuki, had been leading the early frame-building industry in Japan. CHERUBIM is the only surviving brand in the family companies.
Cherubim was a supplier of national bicycle frame at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games.
More recently, CHERUBIM frames had won seven consecutive Best Handmade Bicycle Awards from 1998 to 2005 in the prestigious annual show sponsored by the Japan Cycling Association due to ongoing research and uncompromising craftsmanship in a decade.
Under the leadership of Shin-ichi Konno who is a son of Hitoshi Konno (founder), CHERUBIM keeps its founding spirit which achieves a fusion of innovation and tradition. The company is at Machida city Tokyo.

(I picked this document up from the website of Cherubim).

Jingane bicycle/ Pegasus

The shop is at Chofu city Tokyo. You can see the process of making frame at the website. (http://www.bicycle.jp/mk/makepa00.htm)

C.S.Hirose

The shop is at Kodaira city Tokyo, was established in 1970. He has been making many kind of bicycle such as racer, tandem, touring, kid's bicycle, shopping bicycle. He also makes many kinds of bicycle parts such as derailleur, stem, w-lever, seat pillar, reflector, tail ramp, carrier, and so on. I picked this document up from the article of New cycling magazine. (http://www.cs-hirose.com/index.html)

Pie

The factory is located at Koga city Ibaragi prefecture. Around 1970s the factory had taken charge of frame building of Bennyx (Marubeni-Yamaguch bicycle).
The company of Marubeni Yamaguch bicycle was already closed. However, PIE continues to build lugless frame which was character of Marubeni-Yamaguch bennyx (Super wield method).
PIE doesn't have website now. Since PIE wants to make relationship with customer face to face.

Matsuda bicycle factory/ Level

The company is at Arakawa ward Tokyo, was established in 1951.

Raijin works

The company is at Gunma prefecture.

Takamura works/ Lavanello

The shop is at Nerima ward Tokyo. Lavanello is the Italian word which means radish. The owner chosen this word as his brand name because Nerima ward has been cultivating famous radish (named Nerima radish).

Nagasawa racing

Yoshiaki Nagasawa is the most famous bicycle builder in Japan. He was a candidate of Mexico Olympic when he was a student of university. However, he gave it up due to a traffic accident during training. Later, he went to Italy in 1970 to learn how to build bicycle frame. Then, he began to produce Italian style racing bicycle in Japan Japanese bicycle team had been gotten victories at World bicycle Championship Track-race from 1975 to 1990; Mr. Nagasawa attend all of years as mechanic. Koich Nakano who was a Japanese famous track-racing athlete used Nagasawa°«s track racing bicycle.

Silk bicycle Factory

The factory is at Saitama prefecture. Mr. Masa Arai was a bicycle frame craftsman of Katakura Silk bicycle industry. After the company was closed, he inherited the name of Silk, began making bicycle of Silk brand.

SW Watanabe

The factory is at Yashio city Saitama prefecture. Watanabe had worked at TOEI factory for 12 years and at Kajiwara works for 1 year. Then he established SW-Watanabe.
NJS authorized his frame as Keirin bicycle in 1970. At the Keirin grandprix in 1997, three athletes in nine used bicycle of Watanabe.
The price of sandard touring frame is 129, 000 yen including head parts. There's three sizes of frame such as 520 cm, 540 cm, 560 cm. Manufacture period is about one month. The price of front carrier is 13, 000 and there are several option prices.

Nambei

The factory is at Fukuoka city. The brand name Nambei means South America because the owner Fujii likes there.
In 1987, Nambei had won Maillot arc-en-ciel in World Bicycle Championship Pro-Keirin along with Harumi Honda who was a Keirin athlete. In Japan, there are only two frame brands which had gotten Arc-en-ciel (rainbow stripes). The one was Nagasawa and the other was Nambei.
Fujii's special field is track-racing model for Keirin and road-racing model. Therefore his frame suits sprint and hill climb. He stopped to produce frame for years; then re-start it recently.
He accepts the order of road racing frame from general customer. Track-racing frame is made for only Keirin athlete. The price is 150, 000 yen for a road-racing frame.

Baramon

The factory is at Kurume city Fukuoka prefecture. The brand name Baramon came from kite of Nagasaki prefecture. Mr. Kodama had learned frame building at Nanbei. His special field is Keirin frame; but he also make a randonneur frame. The frame price is around 130, 000 yen. The period of product must be from 6 months to 1 year.




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