Industry Co. Ltd., 2 Kyobashi, 3-chome, Chou-ku, Tokyo
bicycle company had become quite famous after having
produced all of the bikes for the Japanese Olympic
racing teams in 1964."
"The name "SILK" was derived from the former silk
manufacturing factory building which the bicycle
manufacturing company later occupied. Their racing
style bikes were highly regarded by Keirin racers
and were produced right along with the custom French
touring style bikes."
"But, SILK was not a pure "boutique" builder, it was
truly a mass production bicycle company. Someone
compared their broad range of bikes to Raleigh
(England) which manufactured everything from
Professional racing bikes to children's bikes. SILK
even produced a popular line of folding bicycles and
later the company would manufacture Mountain bikes
as well. By the early 2000s many of the new bikes
offered were tig welded and featured the newer style
threadless forks. However, the company still
produced lines of more classic looking Track and
Touring bikes as well."
A very nice web
page with various catalog scans and reminisces
Contemporary web site with history
R2-X Road Racer Super frame
refurbished with 1st gen Dura Ace
frame now as a completed bike:
Anderson's full chrome Katakura Silk road bike
Do you have images of
nice Katakura Silk bicycles in original finish?
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