Inside Shimano's Sakai Bicycle Museum — gallery

Take a digital stroll through centuries of cycling innovation

As a company, Shimano has deep roots in Sakai, an industrial city with centuries of experience in metalworking.

This expertise made the region a center for the development of weapons such as swords and firearms. Later, these same skills were put to use to produce many of Japan’s first bicycles.

What do guns and knives have to do with cycling innovation? A shared history of craftsmen skilled in metal work
What do guns and knives have to do with cycling innovation? A shared history of craftsmen skilled in metal work

Sakai, part of the larger metropolis of Osaka, is the headquarters of Shimano and is also home to the Bicycle Museum Cycle Center.

Funded by Shimano, this museum holds 200 years of cycling innovation. From the examples of the first Drasines, to penny-farthings and onto modern bicycles, including some that have won world championships, grand tours and circumnavigated the globe.

One more example of how nothing is new in cycling technology, early inventors were quick to experiment with suspension
One more example of how nothing is new in cycling technology, early inventors were quick to experiment with suspension

Take a tour of this gallery for a look at some of the most interesting bicycles from two centuries of innovation and experimentation.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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