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a Takara 10 speed, worth fixing?

Old 08-11-14, 06:28 PM
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a Takara 10 speed, worth fixing?

A college student left a Takara 10-speed bike with drop handle bars after he graduated. We thought he just didn't have room to transport it back home, so he gave it to us.

Turns out he probably left it because the rear derailleur was bent.

It's a Takara, the tires and frame seem to be in good condition.

Think it's worth fixing, and what might a new rear derailleur go for at a bike shop these days?

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What frame material? I believe that Takara made frames for other Bike Co.'s. Mine always had Tange tubing. They would put the Tange name on the seat stays. What size? Pictures? Group?
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What is worth? Different people will have a different answer.

The vast majority of Takaras were fairly basic bikes. High ten steel, a mix of steel and Alu components, 27" wheels. So one way to place value is the after refurbished resale against the cost to do so. By this metric you'll likely loose $. But the other view of value in the experience one. Here the enjoyment you get, the skills/knowledge gained, the teamwork you achieve can be worth the cost.

How you and your buddies do the "math" is up to you. Andy.
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It has an emblem reading

manganese steel
original bike frame
made in Japan

I'm not familiar with the Takara name brand. It looks like a fairly basic bike.

Thanks for asking all the right questions.
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You can pick up a serviceable rear derailleur for around twenty bucks. Maybe even less. If that's all it takes to get it working properly, someone would consider it worth fixing at that price point. It could make a great college or around-town bike. Functional and reliable, but not so valuable you're scared to leave it outside, in the elements and in view of thieves.
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If it's like the 10 speed early 70's Takara (now 27 speed flat bar with thumb friction shifters) I had, just get a Shimano Tourney RDER.
It comes in the claw mount version you'll likely need.

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Forget trying to decide what the bike may be worth. The real question is do you want a cheap, basic ride, or are you willing to spend a bit for one to donate. If the wheels are true, the rubber and cables sound, and all it needs is a rear derailleur and some fine tuning then it's a good candidate for a cheap ride. If it needs anything that takes the word cheap out of the equation, it isn't.
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