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Here is the mirror site of The Catalog of Reminiscence.
I made this page for foreigner who wants to know about Japanese vintage bicycle. I greatly appreciate Mr. Gami who is the author of the website "The Catalog of Reminiscence" since he gave me agreement to translate his contents of website (The Invitation for Cycling).
   CP.Museum staff   01 Dec. 2011  (Cycles Peugeot Museum)

At here, I exhibit many photographs which I picked up from the vintage sports bicycle and parts catalogs. I had collected most of them in the mid 70s in which I started this hobby. Therefore the genre might be biased a little. However, I'll be happy if you can enjoy with them.

I'm very sorry now because I discarded some of catalogs in past.

If you have some vintage catalog and be willing to exhibit it in this page, please send it to me. I'll coppy it and return to you.

Katakura Silk Industry   Finished English translation (Jan. 2012)

Katakura Silk was modest but had gotten a good estimation as a sports bicycle. It had been used for the Keirin racing which began after the World War II and it had been used by Japanese Olympic team continuously since Helsinki game. My first custom bicycle was a Silk road bicycle.

The sports bicycle of Silk was made steadily and was equipped with appropriate parts component. It had been the top grade as the mass-production sports bicycle during the beginning of 80s to the 70s.

Because of the high exchange rate of Japanese currency due to Plaza agreement at IMF, and the rise of Taipei and US bicycle industries in the world market, Japanese bicycle industries rapidly lost its competitive ability. Katakura bicycle industry incorporated with Sanwa bicycle group; then closed the business in the end of 90s.

Ex-mechanic of Katakura bicycle industry had established Silk bicycle factory and has made attractive bicycle as the Silk brand now.

Part 01: Katakura Silk R2 road racing bicycle

Part 02: Katakura Silk-camping and Perfect-quick

Part 03: Katakura Silk Perfect quick mini (ladies)

Part 04: Katakura Silk General Catalog in 1976

Part 36: Katakura Silk Custom made frame in 1976

Part 40: Katakura Silk Professional sports in 1979

Part 64: Katakura Silk sports cycle in 1983

Part 65: Katakura Silk sports cycle in 1986

Part 100: Katakura Silk in 1974

Bridgestone Bicycle Industry  Finished English translation (Feb. 2012)

Bridgestone has been the top brand as a general bicycle maker in Japan until now. Therefore it must be familiar to a number of cyclists. Bridgestone has been suffered for competing with Chinese reasonable bicycle. However, I always respect for their aggressive, new proposal as a top maker.

At here, I introduce several kinds of models such as Grand-Velo which became a topic when it was announced, Eurasia which fascinate a number of beginner cyclists in the bicycle world, Atlantis which attracted senior bicycle fan due to its special frame works which was almost same as custom bicycle, and Road Man which guided many boys who graduated junior sport bicycle to drop handlebar bicycle. I could feel eagerness of professional cyclist in the plan of sports bicycle and original parts.
In the middle of 70s, Bridgestone had suggested the ultimate randonneur, though it didn't be put on the market.

Part 71: Bridgestone Eurasia in 1976

Part 57: Bridgestone Eurasia in 1977

Part 74: Bridgestone Eurasia in 1978

Part 49: Bridgestone Eurasia in 1979

Part 07: Bridgestone Grand Velo in 1975

Part 39: Bridgestone Atlantis and Eurasia in 1982

Part 75: Bridgestone Road Man in 1981

BS Ultimate Randonneur Grand-velo

Part 93: Bridgestone Diamond and Super-Speed

Part 103: Bridgestone Roadman in 1974  New: Jan 1. 2019

Mass-Production Maker  Finished English translation (Mar. 2012)

I introduce below models at here.

1. The sports bicycle advertisement of Bridgestone, Maruishi, Tsubame(Araya), Silk, Tsunoda in 60s
2. Bennyx which became a topic when it was announced.
3. High grade road racing bicycle which was made by Miyata which contracted with world first classed professional cyclist Eddy Merckx
4. Peugeot which was imported by Yamaha and Honda
5. Japan-America Fuji bicycle in middle of 60s
6. Sunstar bicycle in the first bicycle booming
7. Miyata bicycle in 1977

Part 28: General bicycle which made in Japan in 1967

Part 05: Marubeni Yamaguchi Bennix in 1973

Part 08: Miyata Eddy Merckx in 1973

Part 91: Kofu bicycle in 1968

Part 45: The Miyata in 1978

Part 67: Japan-America Fuji bicycle in around 1960

Part 50: Sunstar bicycle in 1950

Part 105: Tsunoda in 1980  New: Jan 1. 2019

Custom Frame Brand  Finished English translation (Apr. 2012)

Custom bicycle was yearning and ultimate purpose of boys who had ridden mass-production bicycle in those days.
There must have been a number of boys who was dreaming that he would ride custom bicycle someday and wrote parts component and frame plan on the notebook during school hours. Or some boys may have stood in front of the bicycle shop, gazed the custom bicycle of a veteran cyclist and high grade parts which was in the showcase.

Part 56: Everest in 1950s

Part 09: Everest in 1974

Part 06: Everest in 1977

Part 46: Everest esprit in 1977

Part 58: Alps in 1964

Part 12: Alps in 1960s

Part 23: Zunow factory in 1974

Part 50: Toei in 1965

Part 18: Toei in 1969

Part 21: Toei in 1978

Part 86: Joto Ringyo WanderVogel in 1964

Part 19: Tokyo cycling center in 1964

Part 20: Tokyo cycling center in 1969

Part 17: De Rosa on 1974, Nagasawa in 1978

Part 76: Holks R series in 1964

Part 15: Holks in 1965

Part 22: Konno workshop (Cherubim) in 1970s

Part 88: Konno workshop (Cherubim) in 1980s

Part 87: 3-Rensho in 1979

Japanese Parts Industry  Finished English translation (June. 2012)

I exhibit the catalogs of Japanese parts maker from 60s to early 90s. There are the catalogs of two big brothers (Suntour and Shimano) and some small specialized maker. Those are basically the catalogs that I used for myself in past. Therefore I must say those were collected according to my taste.
However, you would be able to experience the mood of the domestic parts industry which were in the times of the prosperity.
I'm very sorry about the disappearance of Suntour.

Part 10: Suntour in 1975

Part 59: Suntour BL in 1981

Part 11: Suntour in 1982

Part 72: Suntour in 1983

Part 81: Suntour in 1985

Part 32: Suntour in 1988

Part 78: Suntour in 1990

Part 24: Suntour in 1991

Part 102: Suntour goods in 1983

Part 89: Sanshin Matsumoto Factory in 1981

Part 60: Shimano Dura-Ace /A4 two-page version

Part 79: Shimano Dura-Ace /details version

Part 80: Shimano in 1974

Part 13: Shimano in 1976

Part 47: Shimano in 1982

Part 61: Shimano in 1994

Part 90: Shimano Dura-ace AX and 600 AX in 1981

Part 73: Sankosya in 1960s

Part 26: Nitto handle in 1980

Part 101: Nitto handle in 1989

Part 25: Sakae Ringyo in 1980

Part 66: JASCA in 1964

Part 85: Yoshigai Kikai Kinzoku in 1964

Part 37: Yoshigai Kikai Kinzoku in 1986

Part 27: Yoshigai Kikai Kinzoku in 1994

Part 63: Sugino Engineering in 1965

Part 29: Sugino Engineering in 1973

Part 30: Sugino Engineering in 1978

Part 48: Sugino Techno in 1982

Part 31: Araya Industrial in 1978

Part 34: Araya Industrial in 1993

Part 43: Inujirushi bag in 1970s

Part 77: Fujita Saddle MFG in 1965

Part 99: Dia-Compe cantilever brake

Part 104: Sugino Techno in 1995  New: Jan 1. 2019

Part 106: Sankosha Procyon in 1967  New: Jan 1. 2019

Japanese Frame Tube Industry  Finished English translation (July. 2012)

I exhibit catalogs of two major tube makers of those days such as Ishiwata and Tange . I also exhibit the catalog of Kaisei which is the only tube maker in Japan now.

Part 38: Ishiwata seisakusho in 1974

Part 33: Tange industries in 1986

Part 62: Kaisei in 2005

The bicycle Indstries of oversea  Finished English translation (Aug. 2012)

I don't have the catalogs of the overseas bicycle maker very much. I could borrow the catalogs below from friends by their favor.

Part 83: Peugeot in 1973

Part 41: Peugeot in 1974

Part 42: Peugeot in 1982

Bicycle Parts Industory of oversea  Finished English translation (Aug. 2012)

I don't have the catalogs of the overseas bicycle parts maker very much. I could borrow most of the catalogs below from friends by their favor.
I had had some catalogs of French parts in past. However, I already sold them together with stocked parts because I liked Japanese parts.

Part 84: Simplex in 1964

Part 51: Simplex in 1965

Part 52: Simplex in 1978

Part 53: TA specialties in 1970s

Part 54: Wolber in 1978

Part 55: 3ttt (tecno tubo torino)in 1978

Part 35: Campagnolo Record in 1987

Part 70: Mafac in 1964

Part 92: Mafac in 1978

Part 94: Zeus in 1977

Part 98: Huret in 1980's

Part 99: Soubitez in 1980's

Part 95: Clement in 1977  New: Jan 1. 2019


I exhibit the catalogs of wholesaler and tool.  Finished English translation (Aug. 2012)

Part 14: France Cycles in 1966

Part 16: Sannow sports in 1960s

Part 44: Fukaya Sangyo in 1980

Part 69: Joto tool in 1965

Part 82: FET Kyokuto in 1985

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