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Design July, 13 2009

The History of Japanese Bikes

A new exhibition has opened at the Ikejiri Institute of Design focusing on the history of Japanese bicycle manufacture. In 1948, Keirin was founded with the hopes of holding the official races for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Building frames was a new challenge for Japanese manufacturers, and the exhibition traces the history of the Japanese bike through this original surge up to a range of urban transport bikes. (via Prolly).

Some great archival images after the jump.

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