Touring - Miyata 210?
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01-18-10, 04:27 AM
I've read that is one of hte lower end Miyata bikes and that the 1000 is more desirable but does anyone have any first hand experience with this bike? Is it a comfortable smooth ride? Any input would be appreciated : )
01-19-10, 09:19 AM
I have a 310 which I assume would be similar in materials, perhaps not geometry. It's fine for short sporty rides, not much else. I did a century on it, but more out of curiosity. Not much of a top end. Fun bike, but again...nice for cafe racing, not distance or hammering. I don't like the choice of the fork steel for these lower-end miyatas, I ended up replacing the 310 fork with a Nashbar carbon...OEM it is somewhat stwichey, and punishing over distance. So, I would speculate the 210 stock is not going to be a "comfortable smooth ride" if it has the Mag fork, or whatever they call it. I know the higher-end Miyatas ( I've had 4) used the CroMo forks which are significantly smoother.
I ride a 1986 610 every day for the last couple of years. I think Miyatas are under valued bikes. I love it, rides great. Check out this link: http://www.miyatacatalogs.com/2007/12/miyata-catalog-1986.html You will see that for many years. The specs on the 610 and 210 FRAMES are very close with different componenet lists. Both are from Miyatas touring series with triple butted chrome moly tubing. I would restore and/or upgrade a 210 in a heart beat. The 310 appears to be a more traditional mid level road bike not set up specifically as a tourer. I would love to own one but not the first choice for touring.
01-19-10, 08:02 PM
ah thank you for your replies guys! its very much appreciated. I'm really wanting to try an older touring bike out as opposed to my newer one.
01-20-10, 03:59 AM
Be careful of the year. Early 210's were straight guage tube, and some years were double butted and some years were triple butted. Also, early models had conventional caliper brakes, while later models had cantilever brakes. I have an '85 model that is triple butted with cantilevers and braze ons for racks, but only one set of water bottle braze ons. From what I have seen, the mid 80's were the pinnacle years for the quality of Miyata touring bikes. My 85 rides very smooth and handles like a dream. I would recommend a mid 80's Miyata 210 in a heartbeat, but I would avoid an early model.
01-20-10, 09:33 PM
"Magnalite" forks, that's what I referring to. I say yuck, but it's a matter of preference.
01-21-10, 08:08 PM
Grinning Fool is no fool - it all depends on the year. I love my '84 310, but the earlier 310s and 210s were high-tensile beasts.
01-31-10, 01:55 PM
Here's my '85 two ten, after a rebuild. Not much original on it.
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