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Old 03-03-14, 05:08 PM   #1
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Miyata Gran Touring

Recently acquired this Miyata Gran Touring bike. I don't know much about touring type of bicycles, so would welcome some feedback about the value of this bike (not familiar with touring
bikes or Japanese Bikes).

The serial number on the frame appears to date back from 1978. Frame is Tange Champion steel, fork is high ten.
Crankset is Shimano 600, Rest of the drive train is Suntour Cyclone. Wheels are rigidas 27" on Normandy high flange hubs, handlebars are "Road Champion", and stem is 3T.


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Old 03-03-14, 05:19 PM   #2
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Nice bike! That would draw more than $400 in Chicago. Where are you located?
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Nice bike I would guess $400-500 depending on market.
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Miyata Gran Touring

With some upgrading and an overhaul it may peak at $400.

Old parts, depends on wear and how much it was used.

Grease the bearings, and new cables, tires etc. needs some work but has good bones.
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Nice Bike! I like the Miyata bikes, especially the touring models. The geometry is a bit more relaxed as compared to the street bikes, probably about 72 degree seat angle. That makes these bikes a bit more comfortable to ride the longer distances, especially if you have a longer upper body and shorter inseam length. I have an '89 Miyata 1000LT ( Luxe Tour ) that is a dream to ride. Your bike is still valuable and looks to be in good condition. If the components have been maintained and are in good condition, depending on the market and your location, the bike could fetch you in the $500 plus range if you decide to turn it over for a profit. Great find and enjoy it if you do any updates and ride it yourself!
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So i test rode this bike for a bit. Solid handling, smooth ride, everything works great mechanically. It looks like the previous owner kept good care of it,
even upgrading the stem and crankset, which turn out to be non-original.

The brakes on this bike, however, are downright scary, even though I weigh south of 160lb. Is it normal for cantis of this period to be this poor, or maybe
it just needs new brake pads and modern levers?
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Old 03-31-14, 09:27 PM   #7
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Cantilever brakes are meant to stop fully loaded touring bikes - so they can stop well. They need to be set up properly, and with the right pads. I came to use Kool stops when I had a touring bike.
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So i test rode this bike for a bit. Solid handling, smooth ride, everything works great mechanically. It looks like the previous owner kept good care of it,
even upgrading the stem and crankset, which turn out to be non-original.

The brakes on this bike, however, are downright scary, even though I weigh south of 160lb. Is it normal for cantis of this period to be this poor, or maybe
it just needs new brake pads and modern levers?
Brake pads probably need to be changed out. But you might try sanding them first, to remove the outer surface which is probably glass-like. Happens from the heat generated during braking. Or it could be that they have simply hardened and are toast.

Make sure to adjust the pads for proper toe in. I would buy some newer pads with Kool Stop and adjustable angle. Lube the cables and see if that helps too. I can generally get any of my bikes to stop on a dime by paying close attention to all of the details. Good luck!
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I have a Schwinn Passage that came with similar original brake pads on Canti brakes. New larger pads made a big difference.
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