May 14, 2008 Comments Bicycles, Blog Posts

History of the Bridgestone Bicycles

Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd. started as a division of Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. (the present day Bridgestone Corporation), which began manufacturing bicycles after World War II following its shift in focus from military supplies to consumer products. The division developed and was later spun off as the first major affiliate of its parent company.
Currently, Bridgestone Cycle is promoting the development of Japan’ bicycle industry as the top manufacturer in the industry. The Company’ technology development division develops new products based on the latest technology, and its three plants produce products of highest quality. In addition, Bridgestone Cycle has two sales companies with seven sales headquarters, comprising a nationwide sales network to offer its customers the best possible services.
Bridgestone Cycle also operates an industrial machinery business as its other major activity. In this field, the Company provides high quality solutions to meet the full spectrum of demands related to manufacturing equipment, through its excellent technology for machining and assembly.
As we explained, Bridgestone Cycle engages in a complete range of bicycle business, comprising R&D, production and sales. Moreover, the Company is expanding its business in various fields of industrial machinery.

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The Company developed the gear type non-stage transmission.


Bridgestone Bicycle Co., Ltd. was established as a result of Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. spinning off one of its divisions.


Bridgestone Bicycle obtained a patent on the manufacture of bicycle bodies via the die cast method in Japan, Britain, France, Holland and Italy.


Otani Machinery Industry Co., Ltd. (the predecessor of Bridgestone Industrial Machinery Co., Ltd.) was established.


Bridgestone Bicycle built its Ageo Plant in Ago, Saitama Prefecture. The Company began manufacturing motorbikes named Bridgestone Champion., as well as motor bicycles, after incorporating the small engine division of Prince Motor Co., Ltd. (an associated company). Bridgestone Bicycle was renamed Bridgestone Cycle Industry Co., Ltd.


Bridgestone Cycle Industry received the industry’s first Good Design Award for “Super Light” (comfort) and “Jet Bambi” (kids [tricycle:]).


The Company received the industry’s first Okochi Memorial Production Award, in recognition of its innovative bicycle frame manufacturing method (based on the die cast method) as an excellent research result leading to reduced costs and improved productivity.


The Company and Belgium’s Bekaert Engineering concluded a technical support agreement on machinery for manufacturing tire steel cords.


The Company newly established its Industrial Machinery Division (former Precision Machinery Division), and began producing machinery for manufacturing tire steel cords.


The Company’s Kisai Plant was established in Kisai-cho, Kitasaitama-gun, Saitama Prefecture; and started operation.


The Company was renamed Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd. Its Saga Plant was established in Kitashigeyasu-cho, Miyaki-gun, Saga Prefecture; and started operation.


Otani Machinery Industry Co., Ltd. was renamed Bridgestone Industrial Machinery Co., Ltd.


Bridgestone Cycle developed the belt drive system.


The Company began using new materials (aluminum, carbon etc.) for mass-producing bicycle frames, following its development of the structural adhesion method.


The Company developed the four-stage transmission for the front interior.


The Company received the Japan Invention Special Award for its belt drive mechanism (floating gear method).


The Company developed the FFS (Fami-com Fitness System); and began producing order-made systems called Taylor-Made.


The Company developed the Dyna Ridge tire with Bridgestone Corporation. It also developed “Minna,” a new tricycle (two front and one rear).


The Company developed the Auto Light, a new power generation system.


The Company developed the Neo-Cot Frame using the optimum shape theory. Bridgestone Industrial Machinery Co., Ltd. moved to Higashimatsuyama, and started operation there.


Bridgestone Cycle’s Kawasato Plant was established in Kawasato Village, Kitasaitama-gun, Saitama Prefecture; and started operation.


The Company established in China as a joint venture. It also developed the Neo-Cot carbon monocoque frame.


The Company developed a comfort bicycle with single-pivot suspension.


The Company merged with Bridgestone Industrial Machinery Co., Ltd.


The Company received a Good Design Award (Grand Prix) for Transit, a cantilever type shaft drive bicycle. It also developed a bicycle with electronically controlled automatic transmission; a “keyless key”; and Anchor, a top quality sport bicycle.


The Company developed a series of car bicycles named the Transit Series.
The Company dissolved the joint venture with , and reorganized


The Company developed Tough Road Tires jointly with Bridgestone Corporation.
The Company developed Bridgestone/Moulton, jointly with Britain’s Alex Moulton Bicycles.


The Company introduced a hit product “Albelt,” featuring a combination of an aluminum frame with a belt drive mechanism.
The Company developed the world’s first air pressure checker, allowing users to visually determine the optimum air pressure.


The Company developed Raku-Raku, a bicycle with a comfortable seat permitting the adjustment of saddle height via a hand lever.
The Company developed Alsus, a bicycle with hyper-suspension.


The Company developed double locks, permitting the simultaneous locking of rear wheel and handle; and the White Beam Auto Light, a LED light that is bright and does not burn out.
The Company developed Abios, a “new concept bicycle” for adults (especially baby boomers).


The Company jointly developed Air Hub, that always ensures a comfortable ride by sending air automatically into the tire tube during the wheel rotation; and Raku-Start, a mechanism to ensure an easy and stable start.