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the pics for the Takara I've recently completed. I picked this up
at a rummage sale for $5 (US). It had straight handlebars and the
barcons in small pieces of pipe electrical-taped to the bars. It
was just too nice to leave like that!
I can tell it's about a 1980, with cables routed above the bottom
bracket. It's obvious to see it was made by Kuwahara, as all the
dropouts and the headset have "Kuwahara" stamped on them. There's
no model name, just "Takara" on the downtube and a real metal headbadge.
The chromed fork is a nice touch. Tubing sticker just says "Guaranteed
Special Takara Tubes, Forks and Stays" which I take to mean straight
guage, seemed tubes tho I have no proof, other than if it was better
tubing they'd probably would've touted it. I was going to make this
my "main" commuter/tour-ey bike but the .833 sized quill slowed
that down a bit (I like to get the bars up at least close to level
with the saddle or my shoulder starts to really bug me). The DiaCompe
stem that came with it is about the best I'm going to do in that
quill diameter so now my son rides it. The frame is a 58c-c and
my others are 57 but for some reason this just feels small to me
(no, the top tube is same as my others). Maybe it's the narrow bars.
It's a bit heavy for a road bike by today's standards but boy does
it really ride nice.
anyone else knows mre about Takara/Kuwahara bikes, please let me
- SR Sakae handlebars with "anatomic bend" came from a newer Raleigh
Record. They're not bad but at 40cm wide, too small for my current
taste (I like 44's). I would swap them out BUT I just taped these
up with adhesive-backed cloth tape (from Rivendell) and it just
wasn't right to waste all that bar tape. My son, however, is happy
- DiaCompe stem, stock with this bike. 10cm extension.
- Shimano non-aero levers (from the Miyata 110)
- SunTour power ratchet barcons (were on bike when I got it tho
I'm certain it didn't come that way from Takara)
- Kalloy seatpost not pictured (thanks to Chuck at OK Velo)
- San Marco saddle
- DiaCompe 610 center pulls with new pads from Nashbar (I had them
for a few years, dunno why I bought them, but they work well). Since
the bike originally had 27" wheels and now it's got 700c's, the
front brakes didn't reach so I took a DiaCompe 720 centerpull from
the rear of a Motobecane mixte and swapped out the mounting bolts.
- F.I.R. EL45B rims on Ofmega hubs (wheelset originally was on a
'86 Bianchi Campione D'Italia)
- The Regina freewheel and dork plate in the pics have been removed
and installed was a Shimano Mega Range 7-speed freewheel - Panaracer
Pasela 700 x 35's, a Riv SpeedBlend on the front.
Shimano UN72 (113 spindle) bottom bracket
- Sugino VP crank with 52/42 chainrings
- SunTour VxGT rear derailler (I *really* like this)
- SunTour SL front derailler - the "backwards" shifting one. Great!
Now both levers work in the same direction. Why no one else didn't
go along with this idea I'll never know.
- Planet Bike fenders. They work but as usual with plastic fenders
they're not really straight. Maybe I'll put Bethounds on this.
- Topeak rack. Was labelled as some sort of "city" rack with that
annoying spring-clamp thing. I took that off immediately. Other
than that it's a very good rack.