Classic & Vintage - Miyata 610, Renovation Underway
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10-04-09, 10:33 PM
I believe this Miyata 610 is 1983. Photos are as I found it on Craigslist in August---$125. I believe it was all original, except the tires. Love this bike, but I plan to update as necessary to make a great functional touring rig, while keeping the classic looks. Since taking the photos, I have installed a 46 cm Nitto Noodle bar and Nitto Technomic Deluxe stem to get a little more height and length (the original Sakae "Randnner" bar was just way too narrow for me...). Would really like to go to 700 wheels, just to have more tire options (Need to get back to the original gumwalls). Any wheel suggestions? Also need brake levers that keep the classic lines, but provide an upgrade over the 'flimsy' feel of the original Diacompe's. Finally, I need a good frame polishing compound---I think she spent a little time stored outside. I will post the final result this winter.
I did the same thing with the 1988 Univega Gran Touring below.
For first (and maybe last) phase mods, I'd:
-- Switch to a 7-speed freewheel
-- Replace existing brakes with aero brakes
-- Replace cables, housings, etc.
I left the 27" tires on this one and there are a reasonable number of good 27" tires on the market. If you want to go to 700, it's easy to do. And if you do, that increases your gearing options because you might as well go with a Hyperglide hub. Others can comment whether it is necessary to spread the stays.
I would be tempted to just stay with the 27 wheels (at least for now).
The two modifications I would consider:
+1 Aero levers are the way to go.
You might also want to consider barcons.
As for your frame, a little Testors enamel touchup paint, and some polishing compound, and you are done!
Here's my 1987 Miyata 215 ST (one model down, but a really nice bike, and its in Celeste!). It was an ebay find, earlier this year.
10-05-09, 11:05 AM
Nice bike! I actually prefer the "outside" chainstay routing of the rear derailleur cable on yours---not sure when they made that switch. If you are experience with the touch-up paint, any tricks for ensuring a smooth factory-like finish? I have some scrapes up to 1" long.
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