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Old 04-22-11, 08:57 PM   #1
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Miele Touring

I don't have much information about the bike except that its a rebuilt Miele and apparently its for touring. Just curious what some of you more savvy bike people think of the price point... $675. From what I know of the Miele frames they were essentially Italian designed. My guess is the frame is solid. I'd like to put pass & stow rack on the front and use it as my daily commuter/utility/lite touring bike.

Its being sold by one of our LBS and they specialize in rebuilding old bikes.

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Old 04-22-11, 09:06 PM   #2
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The bike looks fully and well equipped... I think it's just a matter of whether you like the shop and they'll support you after the purchase.
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Old 04-22-11, 09:40 PM   #3
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I think its definitely that kind of neighborhood shop, on of the good ones for sure.
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Nice bike, Miele is a canadian made bike, thats alot of money, i think you can do better at that price point. do you homework.
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+1 Do your homework, look harder, way overpriced.
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Probably high here as well.

The fellow that bought my Trek 520 last night was thrilled at the price, and it was very close to this one.

That one had name recognition going for it, and a solid reputation.

Looks like a nice bike though, and it is road ready.

When I think of these older touring bikes, I always think of the price of a brand new LHT.

They start looking like real values at that point.
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what is the frame made of? what are the components? I think I see a Deore XT RD what is the rest? it certainly is a beautiful bike. I think is I really wanted a real tourer and this was near me I would have a hard time walking away from it. where do you work? if you would have to lock this outside somewhere or leave it at the train station I would look for something different. if you can stow it in your office area or a break room than it would be a super tourer.
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the bike shop has not posted any other details about the bike. Its a steel frame and I know Miele did brazed and lugged steel. Miele also had a decent reputation from what I've read. I've asked the bike shop to send me a bit more information and I'll post that when it comes in. I'm still interested in this bike, but I'm in the middle of that bike buying calculus, do I cannibalize my current bike and put the parts on a new LHT frame which I can then add different components to when I have the money, or do I skip that and drop at least a grand on a complete LHT, or do I skip both those and buy something like this... I'm not sure which way i'll go. Throwing my current parts on a LHT frame leaves me money for other things likes racks. but I'm patient, I have the time to look and think it through. We'll see what happens. In the meantime I will try and get some more info on the Miele.
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well it is a lugged frame with a nice looking crowned fork. I would not be suprised if it is Columbus of some type.

Uncle sam just sent me my yearly gift.. that does look like a 60.....

how much is a the Surly frame? what is your current bike?
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I just heard back from the bike shop and the Miele sold. which is fine. I had thought that maybe the bike had been rescued and rebuilt by the bike shop, but turns out the previous own was tinkering with it a bit. Here's what the guy at the shop said:

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First, the bike has 27x1-1/4" wheels w/ a rear freewheel hub.

It has a very nice Specialized cold-forged crankset sadly equipped w/ Biopace chainrings.


The derailleurs are old Shimano XT-M730 w/ cantilevers to match.


It was a cool bike but assembled home-mechanic-style. It has some issues that the new buyer will need to address.
so maybe not worth the 675 they were asking, but then again I don't know, it sure is a pretty bike. Put some nice bamboo fenders on it, maybe some of those civia loring racks with the wood in the front and the back, she'd be good enough to steal.

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well it is a lugged frame with a nice looking crowned fork. I would not be suprised if it is Columbus of some type.

Uncle sam just sent me my yearly gift.. that does look like a 60.....

how much is a the Surly frame? what is your current bike?
The Surly frameset runs about $400-$430. My current bike is a German made Stevens 2004 or possibly 2005 3 X Cross which is there introductory model to their hybrid cross series. I bought it here in Central Asia from a diplomat who purchased it new in Germany in 2005ish. Its an aluminum frame with 700x35 tires, a nice seat stem and MTB flat bars. Shimano Alivio drivetrain with an acera FD. All the parts work but they need some love. i need to figure out if the drivetrain will fit and if its worth it, and if the answer is no I'll probably just sell the bike and buy a Surly LHT complete. But if I can get the parts to work then I can also buy a rear rack and maybe a new seat. You can see pics of the bike at this thread on this same forum:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...r-a-Parts-List
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I DID NOT BUY THAT MIELE OUT FROM UNDER THE OP

Your Stevens looks like a nice bike. your just looking for something snazzier?
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I DID NOT BUY THAT MIELE OUT FROM UNDER THE OP

Your Stevens looks like a nice bike. your just looking for something snazzier?
Funny. And I believe you, but even if you did it would be no problem. He who hesitates is lost. The guy at the shop said he'd had a lot of interest it. The Stevens is a nice bike but its a bit small for me. I'm 6'1" and built better for 58-60cm frame. the Stevens is a 52cm frame.
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