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Old 06-06-14, 10:23 AM   #1
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Vintage 1987 Miyata One Twelve 12 speed road bike Price and Information Help

Hello, I'm new to this forums so please bear with me.

I recently brought a *Vintage 1987 Miyata One Twelve 12 speed road bike* for $175 and i was wondering if it was really worth it and what would be the price range on this bike. I not an expert in old model bikes. In fact, I dont know any information on bikes in general, to be honest. If any 1 can give me more information about this bike, i will definitely appreciate your help. Thank you

"This is all the information I have on it before i brought it. Hope it helps"
Vintage 1987 Miyata One Twelve 12 speed road bike excellent condition <-- pictures of it if the link still up

( Vintage 1987 Miyata One Twelve 12 speed road bike in excellent condition. It is a size 54 cm or 21 inch so it should fit someone 5'6" to 5'10". The 1987 Miyata catalog lists this bike at 24.8 lbs which is lightweight. Frame has sticker that says it is made of triple butted cro-moly steel while the fork is made of Mangalight. The paint still shines and there's not much rust or scratches. Has Shimano components like brakes, brake levers, downtube index shifters, and Shimano Light Action derailleurs. Rims are 27" alloy Araya rims made in Japan. The tires are original Miyata 27"x1 1/8" Grand Tour tires which are still good but you might want to replace in the future. Everything is original except that I replaced the stock saddle with a more comfortable Avocet Touring saddle and modern pedals by MKS. While this is not a professional racing bike, the Miyata One Twelve was Miyata's top of the line consumer bike back in 1987 and you will appreciate the fine craftsmanship on the bike. )
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Old 06-06-14, 12:23 PM   #2
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The stem is WAY above the minimum insertion point. You can see where it says MAX HT with an arrow to a line. That all needs to be hidden in the frame. This keeps it from breaking, which is a really nasty surprise if it were to happen.

It's a nice bike. I'd say you did okay if it fits you. I doubt you'll make any money selling it, though.
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Old 06-06-14, 02:07 PM   #3
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You have a pretty nice bike...but...it needs the cables and tires replaced (IMHO)...and it probably needs the bearings repacked...with that overhaul, it should last a nice while. You might have overpaid by a little...in the Atlanta market, I would have paid about $100-125 for this bike in this condition...
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Old 06-06-14, 02:15 PM   #4
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Pricing depends much on location, in markets like mine that would go for more. But it is a modest bike, in pretty good condition. If those are original tires, they would need replacing.
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Old 06-06-14, 05:13 PM   #6
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I paid a similar price for a 1987 Miyata 312 a year ago, just a few miles WSW of the location shown in the ad. The bike was in good condition with no issues to speak of. I consider that the deal was fair for both buyer and seller. From the pics and description in the ad, I don't see any notable differences in spec between the One Twelve and Three Twelve.
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Old 06-06-14, 08:36 PM   #7
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I recently got a 1989 Miyata 312 for $150. But, all the bearings (balls) needed replaced and hubs and bb needed repacked. And the axle was pitted and needed replaced (7.99 from ebay) . And one tire and both tubes needed replaced (about $35 fir tire and tubes). So I spent almost 200 bucks, but it is a very comfy ride. The frame quality appears to be very nice, too. It has a touring bike feel. I bought it as a backup bike, but I have been riding it a lot.

Go to Miyata Bicycle Catalogs and you can read all the info for your bike. It has your year, too.

Crap, I just remembered... It needed new handlebar tape, too..... Now I'm up to about $210

definitely repack hubs and bottom bracket. Bikes at this price point are rarely maintained. I don't think this service was ever done on the one I just bought.

if you ride it, then it was worth it.

Crap... I forgot.... And a new chain.... Now I might be up to $225. You might want to consider this too, it made a big difference with shifting quality.

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I just sold a One-10 this week for $235, fully refurbished.
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The 112 is an entry level bike, actually one that Miyata added to their catalog (that year I think) to make a step between the 110 and the 310 in their 'sport touring' line. (The 210 was their entry level touring bike.) By 1986 the industry was so competitive that even a basic bike like this got very good components, and Miyata's build quality was always excellent. That one looks to be in great condition; I have seen a surprising number of Miyatas turn up like that, including my daughter's. For $175 it was a good deal. The only problem with that bike is that it's so nice...using it as a city commuter will beat it up! But that's what it's for.
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Old 06-07-14, 01:32 PM   #10
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Thank you everyone for this wonderful information. It seen like I need to do some maintenance and changing few parts. In general, I like the bike because it rides pretty smooth, but i feel like i should replace the tires frames or tires soon.

One huge important question. I wanted to repaint the bike frame, BUT i hear that it will lower the bike value if I do that. So, i shouldnt do it? Also, if i paint the TIRE frame of the bike, does it also hurt the value of the bike?
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The paint on the bike looks as close to perfect as you are likely to find, and Miyata paint was/is quite durable. Why repaint it?

What we call 'parts' probably don't need to be changed as they are good quality and likely show little use. But the 'consumables' or 'wear items' likely do need attention and replacement: brake pads, tubes/tires, brake and derailleur cables. Possibly the chain, but with a low-miles bike that is probably fine. It should definitely get a good looking-over by someone who knows what they're doing, if not a bike shop mechanic then a bike-savvy friend.

My daughter's 1986 Miyata 110 was still all-original and had been ridden very little; the original owner's dad had looked after her bike and kept it ready to ride. Even the tires were supple and had no cracks. That's rare, but it does happen.

Not sure what you mean by 'TIRE frame'.
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Old 06-07-14, 06:01 PM   #12
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As a inexperience person in bikes, i meant bike tires RIM. Not frame. I got them mix up and I will not be repainting the bike after reading what u said Chicago Al. I prefer to keep it as original color and what type of people should i go look for in CHICAGO AREA that knowledgeable in bikes. I also believe that I should replace some of the wearable item/consumables on the bike and i hope it wouldn't cost that much. Thank you
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