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Old 01-30-08, 09:56 PM   #1
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Who knows anything about this bike?

Earlier this month I picked up a bike off of craigslist. It was a Takara Medalist and the guy claimed he bought it brand new in the later 90s. I didn't believe him, of course, but it was a nice bike and it was going for a good price.
I expected that I could find lots of information on it via the internet but it seems all I can find out is that it is Japanese. Does anyone know anything about this brand or this specific type of bike?

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Also, I have ridiculous looking tires on it right now because I have yet to track down something closer to a 27 X 1 inch.
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Old 01-30-08, 10:57 PM   #2
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Looks to be in nice shape. What components are on it? I don't think it's a late '90s bike either .

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Looks like a nice bike, but I'd say it's more like mid 80's
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These two Takara's look very similar.

http://velospace.org/node/6088

and,

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/536654507.html
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This looks like Nashbar may have 27 x 1 Pasela tires. Or it may be a typo on the website:
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...cat%3A%2027%22
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Old 01-31-08, 09:30 AM   #6
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Yes, the craigslist listing is the bike I bought (so he needs to take his ad down). And the other link was one of the only things I found searching for it. It's a mystery, I was hoping you know I'd search for it and get people's input, etc.. maybe more about the company but it's almost like Takara never existed!

It is a good bike, and its obvious the guy didn't ride on it much when I picked it up. The one thing that seems weird to me is that the frame is short lengthwise. Maybe I just don't have enough experience on these kind of bikes and that is normal, but I feel like I'm getting a bit of an ab workout every time I ride that I've never had on any other bike. No complaints there, though

I'll check out the link to the possible 1 inch tires. That would be sweet if I could replace them (made it look more sleek with the little tires). Thanks.

And the Takara Highlander is very cool! I'm surprised no one's picked it up yet. Maybe its harder to sell bikes this time of year?
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I'll check out the link to the possible 1 inch tires. That would be sweet if I could replace them (made it look more sleek with the little tires). Thanks.
I can send you a set of 27x1" tires for the cost of shipping. They're not top-of-the-line racing tires, but they are new and roll well. Kind of a b!tch to mount, though.

PM me with your address if you want them.
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I can send you a set of 27x1" tires for the cost of shipping. They're not top-of-the-line racing tires, but they are new and roll well. Kind of a b!tch to mount, though.

PM me with your address if you want them.
bigbossman, how many sets do you have? I'm looking to replace a set on my LeTour. 27x1 1/4 blackwalls.
I hope that's not hijacking the thread.
burnt, I really like that color green on the Takara. nice find..
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Here is a thread with a lot of info about the company. "The Takara Bicycle Company was located at 1535 West Main, Oklahoma City, OK 73106."

http://www.mybikesite.com/messages/r...sages/2037.htm

and this thread that suggests "Takaras were spec'd in Oklahoma and built by Kawamura, Nishiki's frame builder".

Takara Road Bikes

or this thread,

http://sg.answers.yahoo.com/question...1193952AAoixVo

and more,

http://209.85.173.104/search?q=cache...lnk&cd=7&gl=us

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Wow trhouse, thanks for all the links!
I looked at my bike a little closer last night and realized it said in fairly plain letters "Made in Japan." So that settles that .
Anyway, thanks everyone for your input, I definitely know more than I did before and realize that I ended up with a nice bike after all (wasn't too sure about it before). Plus, now I'll be able to get the right tires on it too (xtra thanks bigbossman)!
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The one thing that seems weird to me is that the frame is short lengthwise.
The prior owner may have been quite short of torso. The frame looks to be in the 54cm range, for which a stem of about 90-110mm would be the norm on a road bike. But what you've got there looks like about a 60 to 70mm, like you'd expect to see on a "comfort" bike, where your hand position is behind the steering axis.
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Many of the mid 80's Japanese frames had sizing seemingly custom made for people with long legs/short torso's. Univega Gran Premio's in size 58 had a 58cm c-to-c seat tube and a 56cm c-to-c top tube. Miyata Teams, Japanese made Schwinn Circuits and Japanese made Raleigh Gran Prix's as well. Centurion's, Nishiki's Japan Bianchi's.

I still believe that Kawamura had a stock frame to work from and companies could order extras and ornamentation (such as stay caps and braze ons) to 'individualize' their frames. If the theory is correct, there are a lot of overvalued Bridgestones and Miyata's out there that are the same bike underneath the paint as an undervalued Novara or Raleigh.

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