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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.