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My father and I took a trip up to Mundelian, IL to checkout a few vintage bicycles our new friend Derek had. Saw a few eye-catchers but ended up deciding to by a dirty Takara men’s bike.

We bought it as a complete bike but after overhauling it, the bike sat as a frameset with misc components on it. I personally had plans for the bike. Nothing out of the ordinary, just cork wrap, flip flop 700cs with gum wall tires, and our new re-upholstered beige suede saddle. It was going to have very classic aesthetic but I never got a chance to delve into the bike. We were given a proposition to trade a vintage lugged frame (preferably Japanese) multispeed for a black single speed with deepv flip flops. We agreed with intent on harvesting the components of the trade in but I was still somewhat upset I was parting with the Takara.

We quickly rebuilt the Takara as a multi-speed and rushed it to the trader, reluctantly, without taking photos. She was very pleased with the bike and how quick we were. We later took our new bike home and assessed it. It was an Origin 8 Del Pasado with weathered Black Weinmann DP18s with Gold Formula Hubs ( flip flop ). It had a tacky pair of fat bullhorns with electric tape looking wrap and the frame was covered in actual electric tape to make the bike look less eye-catching. It was also very dirty. We dismantled the bike, gave it a good bath, and decided to use new, somewhat high end components on it.

We swapped out the wheelset for a new custom handbuilt (by our wheel builder George) silver Weinmann 700c rims laced to new Formula loose bearing hubs, a used Scott saddle I won on Ebay, a Specialized stem he held onto, a nice pair of Ritchey Ergo handlebars, Sugino crankset, new CST white walls, and threw a fixed cog on the rear and called it complete.

I like the look of the bike. I am honestly not a fan of Origin 8′s framesets. Not because of any lack of quality but because of how run of the mill they tend to be. I admire the geometry but like so many other ‘fixie’ bikes/framesets, its just another hi ten steel frame to add to the many others. Regardless, the bike is fine and will surely be used for its purpose especially with a new life we’ve given it.