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Old 08-28-17, 10:08 PM   #1
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Miyata Freedom Sport

Hey guys!

I have a Miyata; albeit a modern one and nothing as pretty as the classics over at the Miata Forum.

Anyway, after randomly visiting a bike shop which sells surplus bikes from Japan, I came into possession of a relatively modern (2013?) chromoly steel framed Miyata Freedom Sport model (type of CrMo wasn't indicated on the frame and website though - any thoughts on what it could be?). It came with modern, relatively low-end components:

RD: Shimano Tourney A050
FD: Shimano Tourney A050
Shifters: Shimano SL-SY20A downtube shifters
Brakes and Levers: Promax BL253 Levers and Promax RC469 Calipers
Wheels and Tires: Modus 28 spoke hubs, HL13DA-A6061 700C & 700ラ28C Tires
Generic crank and chain rings

I adore classic geometry on a road bike and I always wanted to have a classic steel bike (or at least a classic-looking bike) so I said whatever and pulled the trigger on it. I paid around $145 bucks for it; and despite looking banged up and needing to true up the front wheel, it rides pretty nice - although this being my first steel road bike (and road bike at that) I have nothing to compare it to.

The wheels come in some pretty funky colors though which kind of makes it look a bit funny. As I said, I love the look of old steel bikes so the first thing I would do would be to swap out the wheels for something that looks more retro - gumwall tires, and silver rims and spokes. And getting more retro-looking downtube shifters would also be ideal. Also repainting it would be nice since I don't really dig the white fork.

The question now is whether it is worth spending more money on this bike or just leave it as it is and ride it til its broke? I'm torn between updating it to brifters and just leaving the downtube shifters on. If you had such a bike what would you do with it? I'd really love to hear your ideas or just general thoughts on the bike. Thanks guys and continue rockin this forum





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Old 08-29-17, 06:13 AM   #2
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I think the frame is much older than 2013. I believe most large brands stopped using threaded headsets by 2000.
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Swap out the shifters for ST-A070 Tourney brifters...
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It may not be a whole lot older, providing the derailleurs are OEM. These were popular as replacement derailleurs with cost conscientious customers and a quick check of the technical data sheet shows a March 2003 date, which was likely the introduction date.

While it is a low end model, if the installing brifters will greatly increase cycling pleasure, then they should be considered, There was a matching set of A050 brifters and they can be had for about $75. If all you want is to move the shifters on onto the bars, there was also a set of matching thumb shifters designed to mount next to the stem and they cost about $20.

The two things that I would definitely do to this bicycle are new handlebar tape and brake lever hoods. Since brifters would come with hoods, that would effectively offset some of the cost.
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Hey guys!

I have a Miyata; albeit a modern one and nothing as pretty as the classics over at the Miata Forum.

Anyway, after randomly visiting a bike shop which sells surplus bikes from Japan, I came into possession of a relatively modern (2013?) chromoly steel framed Miyata Freedom Sport model (type of CrMo wasn't indicated on the frame and website though - any thoughts on what it could be?). It came with modern, relatively low-end components:
This is a Japanese domestic model, I think. Freedom Sports AFRS525 the 52cm version or AFRS485 the 48cm version. Part of the Miyata Urban group of models.

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