I have an older (80's?) Myiata Tandem. I cant seem to find any information on Myiata tandems just solo bikes and unicycles. It has the rear step through frame, left front chain and rear right chain, and rear drum brake. Tires are 26 x 1-3/8. The bike has been painted numerous times and could use a good cleaning. Any ideas?
+1 Post pics. How do you know for sure that it is a Miyata?
Also post pics of serial number. There's a database posting with Miyata serial number information on the forum.
The serial number is L 86_585. I took a picture but It didnt seem to save. The *'s could be 9's and the 5's could be 8's - the bike has lots of paint on it. The L is clear though, about twice the font of the serial number. So this means its an 1983?
Based on the serial number, head badge and other characteristics, I'd say you're more likely looking at 1957. Are you sure those tires are 26 X 1-3/8"? I've never seen a skinwall in that size and it looks jusr like a common 27" pattern. I was thinking that the front fork clearance looks very large. If the wheel was 27" that would make the original a 28", which was still very common on the late 1950s, though 26" was also in use.