Gallery: Mark’s 650B Takara Medalist

Mark's Takara
Mark's Takara

[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!

Mark Evans

3 Responses to “Gallery: Mark’s 650B Takara Medalist”

  • Tim D. says:

    That’s a great looking conversion. Looks like a blast to ride.

  • Willis says:

    Love the snow under the rear rack and drive train in the middle picture! Makes me glad I rode in this morning in some flurries here on the east coast and certainly dissuades me from ever complaining about the weather in Virginia again.

  • David Bolles says:

    What kind of stem is that? I thought about looking for one that would give me a higher rise.To give me a little more of an upright position..

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