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Old 12-17-11, 11:28 AM   #1
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70s Star (Miyata) - Minnesota version

Just finished complete teardown and reassembly of my son's 1973-74-75 era Star. Searching Bike Forums and other sites has yielded only some bits of information about this Japanese manufactured bicycle. Curious if anyone has anymore to add...

Previous threads include: 2-7offsuit, and boneshaker79.

Likely made by Miyata, this example has a very similar SR/Shimano component mix as the mid-range offerings shown here in a '74 catalog. Frame serial number (B376076) is Miyata-format for 1973.

Apparently the Star branded bikes were sold locally in Minneapolis at The Alt Bike & Board shop. I told my son to ride it in there next spring and ask the oldest person behind the counter if they recognize it.

Obviously the saddle, and possibly the seat post are later. Suntour bar-end shifters may or may not be original... no marks evident from stem-mounted shifters. Not sure about the Shimano-hubbed 27" Araya steel wheelset.



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Non-forged rear drop/Crane GS derailleur

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Falk SL66 label

Miyata seat post bolt

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Left side view

Components:
Frame: 23 steel, non-forged (but chromed) drops, Falk SL66 label on frame
Steering stem: SR (Sakae Ringyo )
Bars: SR Sakae Custom Road Champion
Levers: Dia-Compe Gran Compe, touring
Brakes: Shimano Tourney
Front derailleur: Shimano EB-200 Titlist
Rear derailleur: Shimano Crane GS
Shifters: Suntour bar-end
Crank/rings: SR Royal-5, LA-5 54/46
Pedals: Kyokuto PRO ACE
Seat post: SR Custom P-6
Wheels: Araya 27x 1 1/4 w/o HP, Shimano high flange with QR
Freewheel: Shimano 333 (14, 17, 22, 28, 34) with 333 spoke protector

Sun just popped out... I may be able to ride it today, although need to add a few more links to the new chain.

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Old 12-17-11, 12:31 PM   #2
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That looks great! I stumbled across one of those over the summer and like you could find almost nothing about it.

Here's a couple of the one I have, it's in line for a rehab in the spring. Mine does have forged dropouts though.







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Glad to hear there is another around, even if it is "local"... I'm curious just how far they have spread.

You have a significantly better starting point with yours, both grade and condition. Those Suntour drops look racy. And the first time ever I have seen the Star frame decal.

Maybe at the spring Mpls/St. Paul C&V ride we can have a mini Star reunion?

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Mine is basically a flip project, it's way too small for me.

It's a neat frame for sure, sadly the chrome and paint are actually pretty rough but we'll see how it turns out in the spring.

Yours and mine are the only ones I've ever seen.
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My eyes bugged out of my head seeing those nice forged drops, Crane RD, giant pie-plate, and that plastic steer skull replica they used to call a BMX saddle all on the same bike. Neat project!
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In my limited experience, I haven't really seen those brazed on cable stops included with bikes that have bar end shifters. That, in conjunction with the stamped drop outs make me think that there were stem shifters, but maybe with swapped out stem during the upgrade process?
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In my limited experience, I haven't really seen those brazed on cable stops included with bikes that have bar end shifters. That, in conjunction with the stamped drop outs make me think that there were stem shifters, but maybe with swapped out stem during the upgrade process?
A very distinct possibility. The Miyata catalog indicates Shimano FINGER-TIP Bar end control shifters on the P-1 and 10DX-T, so the Suntours don't seem to fit the mix. Hopefully others with Stars will eventually find this thread and chime in.
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In early 70's I purchased a Star P 2 (lt. turquoise) through a friend who worked at the bike shop. He customized it for me w/leather saddle & leather wrap on handle bars. I purchased it at the time (prob w/a discounted price) for $200. It was a great classic. I still have the bike w/all of it's original attire & it's in pretty good condition considering it's age. Actually looking to sell this classic.
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In early 70's I purchased a Star P 2 (lt. turquoise) through a friend who worked at the bike shop. He customized it for me w/leather saddle & leather wrap on handle bars. I purchased it at the time (prob w/a discounted price) for $200. It was a great classic. I still have the bike w/all of it's original attire & it's in pretty good condition considering it's age. Actually looking to sell this classic.
addagirl1: Can you please post some pictures? Very interested in other Stars, and what their component mix may be.

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When I was wrenching at Sunrise, I worked on a few of these. My impression was that they were decent bikes but being an off-brand hadn't motivated the previous owners to want to take care of them. I don't recall anything specific about components, though, sorry... and I would have remembered the com ination of a 3-pin crank and barends.
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Found a Star recently here in Twins territory! Looks largely original and has some nice equipment. Has anyone found any more information about them?
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My "Miyata Racer", imported by Pioneer Bicycles, is very similar; though a year or two earlier with cottered cranks. It does have stem shifters, Shimano 333, and the center pulls are DuraAce. The fork crown is identical. Miyata seems to have explored the US market in a variety of ways before settling down with its own brand. I suspect your bike was one of those transition years.
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Ran across a "barn fresh" Star that looked to be the original version of the bike I started this thread with. Looked original and virtually unridden with the nubs still on the rotted tires and an even coat of dust and surface rust. Same grey Falk frame, steel wheel set, drive train, etc. but this one had stem shifters. So this pretty well confirms that my bike was upgraded to the bar end shifters pictured above.

This was at a central MN Saturday morning flea market and I had left my phone in the truck... while my wife was deleting grandkids pics from her full phone so I could take some pics another guy came along and bought it. The seller said he picked it up at a garage sale for $60 and said he'd take $40... don't know what the final price was but likely <$40. Well bought. A winter project opportunity lost.
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