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Shopping for the day..

Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:25 pm
by realityguy
Had the day off so went TS(thrift store for people that don't know me) shopping...
Camping gear-wise..only an old 1956 red Coleman lantern that ain't no beauty but good for parts or for me to use..at $5.Found a Petzal headlamp for $1 with good batteries(non led)..a bunch of other cheap junk and something I just couldn't pass up:A vintage Hakakawa Bicycle Special commuter bicycle from probably late 40s or early 50s..Interesting..It's from the time before brake cables for handlebar mounted brakes and uses push rods instead,,however it does have a caliper front unit and a strange side drum brake on the back hub(all push rods down to it).Over all it isn't too bad for being probably 60 years old..needed quite a bit of cleaning and still does.The handle bars are rusty,rims have some rust spots but will make a good vintage cruiser on this town's bicycle paths.I filled the tires with air and somehow they are holding..single speed.I think it was owned by a short Japanese person because the seat stem needs to be changed to something longer..short for me at full extension and I'm short at 5-7!It does have the original leather Hakakawa seat!
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I tried googling the "hakakawa bicycle' and got nothing..It doe have MH written all over it,even the sprecial chrome fender brackets at every strut say the "MH"..still couldn't really find any info about it.
Oh well..another bike in the garage..just too cool to pass up. :mrgreen:
**One more thing..it's not as small as it looks,oversize 26" tires and wider rims...

Re: Shopping for the day..

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:08 am
by realityguy
I think I finally found out more about the bike..just trying to pin down the company and that--->
http://www.flyingpigeonproject.org/2010 ... cycle.html

Re: Shopping for the day..

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:54 pm
by zelph
commuter bicycle from probably late 40s or early 50s..Interesting..It's from the time before brake cables for handlebar mounted brakes and uses push rods instead,,however it does have a caliper front unit and a strange side drum brake on the back hub(all push rods down to it).


I didn't think caliper brakes where around in the 50's. Europe was always ahead of us on bikes so maybe they were riding them over there. Keep us posted on this one.

Nice rare find...... :D and interesting ;)

Re: Shopping for the day..

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:44 pm
by realityguy
I didn't think caliper brakes where around in the 50's. Europe was always ahead of us on bikes so maybe they were riding them over there. Keep us posted on this one.


Not even close,Dan..try 1887...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_br ... ms#History

Rod-actuated brakes came more into production before cable operated ones.The link shows some pretty cool setups that have some of them even having rods through the handlebars themselves.I think someone had one that said they figured it was from the thirties.There's some beautiful restored bikes on that website and a link to a japanese colletor's site also.. :shock: ..I wish mine was that purdy but most of the handlebar area and brakes need some rechroming on this one... :cry: ..oh well,it's an eye-turning cruiser anyway.
We only have about 20-30 bicycle shops in this town..big business here and a lot of special spots for just cruising like Alki Point,Green Lake,and the Centennial Trail that goes north to south for a lot of miles..hop on and off in a lot of places.Also there are several college campuses.It's easy to sell bikes here,especially collectible ones.I'll more than likely hang onto these(this one and the Raleigh Twenty Folder) for awhile.

Re: Shopping for the day..

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:13 pm
by zelph
Interesting new hobby and something new to look for :D

Re: Shopping for the day..

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:39 pm
by realityguy
I was looking at the history of the Raleigh Twenty ..interesting is that the Sturmey -Archer 3 speed hub was patented in 1902!
I don't recall any of those before the mid50s either!I think we were just too young at that time that the items existed because they weren't on our tricycles! :lol:

Raleigh twenty history-->
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~hadland/twenty.htm

I'm going to have to work on my legs and knees before hiking this year and biking might be a good way to go with all the paved walk/bikeways around here.Sounds like I may need to wear a helmet in some counties..so i'm looking for one of the old world war 1 leather flying helmets with the earflaps..If it'll pass for use in a war aircraft,I'd have a good argument about using it with a bicycle! :lol: I'm not sure if they are mandatory or recommended..depending on citiea and counties also.
Some of the trail sections can be pretty dangerous..especially the ones near Redhook Brewery and St. Michele Winery,next door to each other..and..especially after the free tours get out.. :mrgreen: ..I wonder if the SPD patrols them looking for BWI(Biking While Intoxicated) drivers.. :o

Re: Shopping for the day..

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:33 pm
by realityguy
Dan..check out this bicycle history website..I see the "rim" brakes on bikes as early as 1910.. :o

http://oldbike.wordpress.com/

Re: Shopping for the day..

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:19 pm
by zelph
realityguy wrote:Dan..check out this bicycle history website..I see the "rim" brakes on bikes as early as 1910.. :o

http://oldbike.wordpress.com/


Wow, totally awesome site, monster collection of collector bikes. Makes me want to start looking at garage sales and rummage sales.

Shows how we were not aware of what was going on around us as we grew up. My scooter made of an orange crate and a pair of skate wheels was first class at the time :mrgreen: