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Sadness

A few months prior, I acquired a legendary track bike of Soviet fame.  I've mentioned Takhions on here before, and I've also gone off on tangents about how I love weird things, so naturally I discovered these crazy bikes existed and sought to find one.  And after months of searching, I did.

Behold.
You're probably looking at this thinking "Wow, that looks uncomfortable/dangerous/awkward/painful," but when I got to do a test ride on it back in November, I have to say it was equally as much fun to ride as my Trek District, which I rate somewhere around sushi from Sugarfish on my scale of awesomeness. 

As these particular bikes were ridden in the Olympics, they were made to be good for a season.  This bike in particular is a Takhion Temp, and the only one I've ever seen - most are Aeros or Super Sports.  When it came to me, it was clear it had been loved, and ridden quite a bit during its 21 years in existence.  After getting a crankset and bottom bracket and throwing an old Campy seatpost I had lying around on it, a friend of mine threw an amazingly hipster wheelset on it and we took it for a test ride...after which we discovered that the areas where the handlebar attachments are brazed on had cracked.  

These things.


I wasn't too worried, as any welder can do some magic when it comes to Columbus tubing, so I took it back to the shop to have a welder friend of theirs take a look at it.  And guess what?

It's cast iron.  

So it can be fixed, but it will break again.  At this point, I'm pretty bummed because I was hoping to ride this beast around a velodrome, but it seems like that will probably never happen.  Looks like my next step will either be commissioning a very talented frame builder to replicate the incredibly complex fork or seeing if I can find someone to recreate the bike entirely, which has been done.  Sadly, I am anything but made of money, so in the meantime I will have to repair the sad little cast iron fork and bide my time until I can get a legitimately rideable Takhion. 

Bummer. 

12 comments:

  1. > It's cast iron.

    are you sure about this?


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    1. As far as I understand, the handlebar attachment was brazed on to the fork crown with cast iron, or at least that is what I have been told. It's possible that I was told wrong, or misunderstood. This fork is currently in a shop being repaired, but I would love to find someone who could build me a new one.

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    2. As far as I understand, the handlebar attachment was brazed on to the fork crown with cast iron, or at least that is what I have been told. It's possible that I was told wrong, or misunderstood. This fork is currently in a shop being repaired, but I would love to find someone who could build me a new one.

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  2. hey man, sorry to hear about your fork cracked. i just got in touch with mr. Vorontsov (the builder of Takhion) he thinks it should be repairable. let me know if you need more info on this

    cheers,

    hrrundel@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh my gosh, you have just made my day! I will send you an e-mail tomorrow to find out more!

      Thank you!!!

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  3. Please let me know the number of the frame (it is on the left rear Drop)


    vvr

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    1. It is 459-91.

      Thank you, so much, for all of your help!

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  4. frame # 459-91: Columbus SL/C, size 58.

    vvr

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    1. Would you like the serials of my other Takhions as well?

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    1. The first is 206-85 - it is this frame: http://velopsy.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-almost-newest-addition-to-family.html. Received as-is, with components pictured.

      The second has no dropout serial, but has the Takhion symbol on the bottom bracket, and the cutout. The bottom bracket is stamped 6025. http://i.imgur.com/ny1Bkwh.jpg. Received without handlebars or rear wheel.

      I no longer own this one, but 422-91 http://i.imgur.com/V8hrPKp.jpg. It was traded so I could restore this one: http://velopsy.blogspot.com/2013/08/before.html. It went to a collector who is working to build it up (a good home, I promise).

      http://velopsy.blogspot.com/2013/08/before.html - Currently still being painted. Columbus dropouts, so no serial. The bottom bracket is stamped 5840.

      I have a document that I started keeping track of Takhions worldwide, but I know very few other serial numbers. It's mostly just photographs.

      Please let me know if you would like anymore information about these frames!

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  6. # 206-85: Columbus SL, frame is made of the Kharkiv regional sports committee.

    # 422-91: Columbus SL, frame is made of the Brest Regional Sports Committee (Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byelorussian_Soviet_Socialist_Republic

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