are some photos of my Alps bicycle, designed and made in 2004 by
Hiroshi Hagiwara of "Sports Cycles Alps", Tokyo, Japan. It was made
to measure from Tange Prestige steel with Italian Cut lugs. The
rims are by Ukai on Ultegra hubs, the tyres are Mitsuboshi 650A.
Dura Ace front and rear derailleurs and downtube shifters, and a
TA crank. Handlebar is the Nitto Randoneur, 38cm, and the stem is
an Alps-branded Nitto. Brakes are Dia Compe with Salmon pads. The
mudguards are by Honjo, modified by Alps to be quick release to
enable the bicycle to be disassembled and bagged for traveling by
its interesting, a little history of Alps ..
cycles was founded by Taku Hagiwara in 1918. Shiga Naoya [ the famous
Japanese author, 1883-1971 ], mentions Taku in his novel "Bicycle".
At this time, Alps made practical use bikes, selling wholesale from
Kanda in central Tokyo. In 1946 ownership passed to the 2nd generation,
Shinichi Hagiwara . He changed the style to focus more on sports
cycles. Now it is in the ownership of the 3rd generation, Hiroshi
Hagiwara, and it still based in Kanda.