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    Miyata Mountain Bike

    Hi just picked up a Miyata Touring bike (Fenders, cantilever brakes front & rear rack pump etc. no model number but purple with cool little gold lug cut outs $50 pic to follow) and with it was a Miyata Ridge Runner looking to be 100% stock, blue, barely used bull moose bars etc. for $50. Should I go back for it?

    EDIT: This is it exactly except the bike I saw was large frame.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/1983-Miyata-Ridg...QQcmdZViewItem
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    If you like older bikes and its in good shape its probably worth the $50. Does it say 'Ridge Runner' on the frame? The bike in the link is predacesor to modern geometry and modern components.
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    The Ridge Runner in the photo is actually a 1984 model. It was pretty much top notch for a Japanese ATB during its day, but there's a world of difference between modern and vintage ATBs. The frameset is full CrMo with butted main tubes, but its quite a heavy beast. Your looking at about 35 lbs. Original price was $530 US, so if it's to your taste, it's a good deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
    Should I go back for it?
    YES! Quit yammering away on the web and go get that bike!!!!!!!!! Does it have deer antler Deore components? Oooo! Go get it!

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    I got it for $50. All Suntour Components. I will post a pic in a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
    I got it for $50. All Suntour Components. I will post a pic in a bit.
    Woohoo!

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    Congrats. Nice ride


    from overhere: http://yojimg.net/bike/univega/

    Looking forward to see the pics
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    Do the brake levers not seem too high in that brochure?
    I'm thinking I'd have to bend my wrists to go reach them.


    But hey, Miyata MTB hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanCoutu View Post
    Do the brake levers not seem too high in that brochure?
    I'm thinking I'd have to bend my wrists to go reach them.
    That was the old school way of mounting brake levers. And there's a very good reason
    why people stopped mounting them like that (what you said about the wrists).
    I always angled mine down, even when people looked at me funny for doing so.

    Speaking of old school, didja' know that Chris Chance refused to build frames with
    cantilever bosses on the seatstays for a while? He was convinced that a U-brake
    on the chainstays was so far superior, he would not give customers the alternative.

    Times change.

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    Here are some quick pics. I aired the tires and lubed the chain. Rides great!! $50 well spent.

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    Looks very nice. With some WD40 and polishing compound you won't have a tough time making it shine again.

    Overhere we do not have many mountainbikes that old. They can my counted on only one hand I think actually. My oldest steel Miyata MTB is from 1988.



    1988 Koga Miyata ValleyRunner. I do ride it off road regularly. I only yesterday finished the bike that is likely to be ridden more in future. It has a pretty similar frame, but it also has high tech features like HyperGlide.



    It is a 1989 Koga Miyata TerraRunner. Complete Deore, TrueTemper bar, black chrome Tioga Mountaineer stem, Strong post, Panaracer DH Magics...

    I completely rebuilt it. I removed the orignal balls in ring from the bb and headset. Originally there are only 9 balls in each side of the bb. Without the ring there are now moving 11 freely on each side. Same for the headset: Originally 2x 20, now 2x 24. A 20% increase! I used Motorex grease from Switzerland. No need to look after the bearings the upcoming yrs. The headset is the one with partially rubber cups btw. I think that was for 1989 only.

    Inside the frame I sprayed FluidFilm AS-R. About the best rust prevention you can get for a bicycle.

    In fact I now have a pretty much near new bike. Took me some hours to rebuilt everything, but the bike itself costed me nothing, as it was given away free.

    Several more pics:
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    Project I am currently busy with:



    1989 Koga Miyata RidgeRunner. Frame similar to the one Greg Herbold wun the 1990 DH Worlds on. It has shorter stays than the above TerraTunner.
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    valley runner, terra runner, ridge runner, sounds like they were made by the same outfit. Oh, they were! I think that the Kogas were much more toward the top end, although the ridge runner was a good bike. If you decide to switch out the pedals on that ridge runner, lemme know!

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    wow, I would love to find an old Terra Runner or something from that period - is there any way to find information about the geometrie? Elev12K, you seem to have the same tast in bikes as me....as I come rather regurlarly to holland I should probably look there for a nice old koga MTB....regards -seb.

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    There is one such yellow panther RidgeRunner offered in the south of NL, what is a quite rare oppertunity.

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    that frame is too high..I saw it on marktplaats....if thatīs the one you mean...I am only 176cm....your blue TerraRunner would be my size I guess...

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