About the book
This volume is an authentic reprint
edition of the original Japanese
publication ’83 The Data Book.
To this date, it is the most
inclusive compendium of
illustrations of technical solutions
for biycle component and accessory
designs gleaned from the study of
historic European cycling
periodicals and manufacturer’s
The book was originally published in
September 1983 in Japan by
Mr. Terrashima, president of the
Ringyo company, as ’83 The Data
Book. It culminated Mr.
Terrashima’s long work as a collector
and propagator of illustrations of
early European bicycle components
Some of the materials had earlier
been published by him in four
separate volumes, referred to as
Data Books 1, 2, 3, and 4,
and a subsequent compendium volume
(though significantly less inclusive
than the current work), which he
referred to as The Joyful Bicycle.
This authentic reprint edition is
identical to the original in all
respects, including binding style,
trim size, and page numbering. In
addition, it contains English
translations of the Japanese texts
found on the introduction page and
elsewhere in the book.
The publisher of this edition is
indebted to Mr. Terrashima’s daughter,
Ms. Fumiyo Noguchi, for her kind
help and encouragement in enabling
us to reissue this unique book.