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Old 05-10-06, 02:42 PM   #1
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Miyata 310 - how much to offer?

I found an immaculate, original owner Miyata 310 from early 80's. It's Cro-moly 1024, Suntour Vx-s derailer and Dia-compe brakes. What would be a fair offer to make the owner? He's asking $250, which seems a bit steep. If anyone knows what this bike sold for back in 80s, that'd at least be a start.
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My 1988 Miyata 215st touring bike cost me $300+ new. It isn't "immaculate", but very nearly so. I don't think I'd have a problem getting $200 for it, and were I to sell it I'd start it off at $300 to see if I got lucky. I have another "like new" 215st that I would not take less than $300 for.

But, I live in a hot bike market and tourng bikes command a premium. Still, I'll bet a 310 sold in the $300 range ( and I further bet T-Mar will know ), and if it is immaculate - as in like new - $250 might be a fair price. Especially if it fits you and rocks your world.

Offer $200 and see if he gets insulted....
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I would buy it, I love my Miyata.....
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Vx derailleurs make it pre-1982. If the tubing is non-Miyata it's pre-1981. But I'm not aware of 310 prior to 1980. All the 310 that I've seen have had CrMo tubing, but 1024 is hi-tensile steel. Miyata did use 1024, butted, hi-tensile steel on the mid-range 1970s models. Something sounds funny. Doublecheck on the tubing and get the serial number.

The 1982 model 310 sold for $280 US. Assuming that this is a least a year or two older, the seller is probably asking original price.
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Old 05-10-06, 08:44 PM   #5
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The OP may have seen the 1024 label on the forks, and the CrMo label on the seat tube.
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miyata 310

thanks bossman. T-mar did reply in next couple threads. You guys are so cool, I'm in awe. Between BF and Sheldon Brown, that's where I get my info. I think I just need to see the Miyata 310; I'll know more. BTW love your quote. I laughed pretty hard.
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I have a 310 and you are correct, the frame is Chromemoly and the fork is high-tensile. I don't remember the exact number, but I paid over $300 in 1984. Mine has Shimano 105 (Golden Arrow) deraileurs and Shimano side-pull brakes. It sounds like yours is earlier, so the frame could be different materials, or he confused the two labels.
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I have a 310, the frame is CroMo double-butted with MangaLight tubing in the fork. It also has the Shimano Golden Arrow component set (very lovely-looking etching). They're very nice bikes, but I think if it's 1024 (gaspipe), it might not be so nice. I have a 210 from the 70s that's made from 1024, and it's not nearly as classy, though the sky-blue paint is beatiful.

I saw someone selling a pristine-looking 310, mid-80s era for around three-hundred bucks a couple of weeks ago, and since it disappeared of CL, I'm going to assume that it sold for that much.
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