Obtained: May 2011
Found: Community Garage Sale
Every year in late May West Seattle does a neighborhood garage sale, so on one Saturday you can hit a ton of sales in one go. I had already scored a great Miyata 912 at a garage sale the month previous (more on that in another post) and was eager to find more hidden gems.
Well after looking for most of the morning I had found exactly zero 10 speeds and had decided to give up and drive home. As I drove slowly down a side street my peripheral vision caught a bike shaped object in a garage and I braked, parked and went to investigate. Sure enough it was dusty "all original" Takara 10 speed. The owner indicated it was his college bike and based on the cobwebs in the spokes and the dust covering the bike he had hung up soon after graduation in, I am guessing, the early 80's. He agreed to part ways with it for $25 and I had my 10 speed find for the day.
It was also to be my first, but not the last, experience with the cottered crank. My suggestion to beginner road bike restorers- avoid cottered cranks, but more on that later when I talk about the 70s Raleigh Gran Prix.
One thing I absolutely love about older bikes is the head badges and the Takara's looked like it was inspired by English heraldry and when you are a company in Tulsa, OK importing Japanese bikes why not an English family crest for your head badge?
And interestingly the first two bikes I sold in the summer of 2011 were to ladies and they weren't "step thru" ladies frames. Cool.
Ride. Smile. Repeat.