[Mark sent us these photos of his 650B Takara Medalist. —ed.]
Always wanted to convert old steel to 650B. This late 80’s Takara Medalist Frame and the no-name 650B wheelset popped up on the local C-list so I went for it. Shod with a Brooks B-17 (my standard saddle), Planet Bike Cascadia fenders, Tektro R556 long reach brakes, some Velo-Orange retro brake levers and a Deore Power train tripped by some old Shimano Bar End shifters. The bars are Velo-Orange Porteur which I dig the most, and a Dinotte head lamp. The bag is a Carradice. Tires are Col de la Vie.
I use the bike as a daily 3 1/2 season commuter (a studded bike takes care of the crusty season here in Madison, WI). It ain’t glamorous, but it is a super fun ride. Ding, Ding!