Shimano Bicycle Parts - ’72

Shimano Bicycle Parts - 72 front cover main image

Of all the catalogues in this collection, I find this particular one the most disturbing. In the way of relics of the early 1970s, it is both comfortingly familiar and alarmingly alien...

  • Wonder at those extra-terrestrial insect helmets (heat build up - pahh!)
  • Dig the startlingly modernism of the contents page
  • Groove to the hessian-look backgrounds, which take me straight back to about 1972, when one wall in our house was wall-papered in exactly that hessian
  • Note that the only mention of Dura-Ace refers to chainsets (page 16).
  • Marvel that, as long ago as 1972 Shimano produced a 2 speed automatic hub gear (page 15) and a cable-operated disc brake (page 17). In about 1975 I used exactly this disc brake on a tandem - and lived to tell the tale.

  • Publisher: Shimano
  • Country: Japan
  • Date: September 1972
  • Derailleur brands: Shimano
  • Derailleurs: too numerous to mention - see individual pages