The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles in Japan


When I became interested in the bicycles of the French constructeurs many years ago, the little information that was available came from Japan. I am happy to return the favor: Our book The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles now is available in Japanese. Maybe it will broaden the appreciation of fully integrated cyclotouring bikes beyond the small circle of Japanese bicycle collectors, just like the English version has done in North America.
It would be nice to do a French edition, too, but the French publishing industry is really hard to crack. Today, these wonderful bikes are more appreciated in North America and Japan than their native country.

2 Responses to The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles in Japan

  1. David Desmet April 1, 2011 at 5:01 am #

    Jan,
    And the french guys who have interest in this kind of bikes are already suscribers to BQ and have this fabulous book in the library! But good job for japanese!

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly April 1, 2011 at 11:57 am #

      The goal of the book is not just to “preach to the choir,” but to pique the interest of people who didn’t even know these bikes exist. When you look around at Handmade Bicycle shows, or even at the Electra catalogue, you see that this has been a success.