I leave the article largely as he wrote it, though I have run a spell check and made a few additions.Sheldon left a few headings only as notes to himself with no content following, and undoubtedly he left other topics unmentioned.-- John Allen] Japanese bicycles are often of very fine quality, but few are available in the U. market today, due to unfavorable currency exchange rates. market for adult bicycles was basically owned by the French and English.
A few of the bikes were purchased by me, or for me, new, including the brown 1971 Schwinn Super Sport, the Trek 750, the Univega 700FS, and the Trek 850 (for one of my sons).
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Also see Frank Berto's article "Sunset for Sun Tour" -- highly recommended.
After the Second World War, Japan was primarily known for making cheap knockoffs of foreign designs, competing on the basis of cheap labor. (This gap was wider at the time than it is now, due to the privations the Japanese population suffered during and after the war.) he most widely distributed Japanese bike of this era was sold under the name Royce Union.
This began to turn around in the camera and electronics industries in the 1950s, but Japanese companies didn't figure out how to make and sell bicycles for the U. This was a 10-speed, pretty much all steel except for the handlebar stem and the Dia Compe brakes.