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    Koga Miyata Road Ace

    Greetings from Aotearoa.
    Found this classic dutch city bike at the local dump a week or so ago for $40. All it needed was a clean up, three new rear spokes and some gear changers for the Sachs Pentasport 5 speed hub (couldn't find the correct changer on this side of the world, so ended up using a couple of old Shimano XT rotary shifters...cool!). It had a Brooks B66 which was too wide for my butt, so I've put on a lovely softened Brooks Flyer instead. Pretty much zero chance of ever finding a chainguard, so I'll have to stick to riding in shorts.
    Brought over here from Holland (see dutch anti-theft registration mark in the pickie), brazed to the extreme, heavy as a not-so-light bike, and just a whisker too tall for my height, I am enjoying our daily ride to the shop.
    Looking back through the catalogues, it seems to be a 1992.
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    very nice.

    so, were you looking for bikes at the dump? was the $40 a bribe?

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    Wow! fantastic score.
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    The thumbies alone are worth more than what you paid. Interesting build. No original spec. The number is probably postal code + house number. I we would have had the 1st digit, we could have located the place of the original owner.
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    Clearly a bike lover's bike.

    And why do you think you can't find a chainguard?
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

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    $40, that's a heck of a deal! Looks like a perfect city bike. I wonder how such a nicely outfitted bike found its way to the dump in the first place.

    I'm not too familiar with Koga Miyata's hardlite tubing, is FM-3 lower or higher in their hierarchy than FM-1?

    Also, is this coaster brake only? I'm guessing that's a generator or light mount on the front forks, but what are those mounts on the seat stays? Some sort of lock?

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    We have a recycling section at the dump (no pun intended). It was all above board, honest!
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    Hi Tom. Yeah, although it doesn't feel as if it's had a huge amount of use. I think this would have been one of the last high spec dutch bikes before the Shimano tsunami arrived. Although it does have SR pedals and a Shimano 600 headset.
    As for finding a chainguard, Dutch bikes are more of less unseen in these parts. We're more of a Raleigh/BSA/Phillips tradition. Maybe next time I'm in Holland.
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    Yes, there are vast number of brazings all over the bike. Sme I can figure: others, such as the three threaded bosses running down the underside of the downtube... beats me what they'd be for. The lock mechanism is missing, as is the rear dynamo and light (well spotted btw), carrier and skirt guards on the rear mudguard. And yes, hub brakes front and rear. Never thought I;d like them but, well...they kinda grow on you, and you can be loose with the WD40 without having to worry about the rims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mainstreetexile View Post
    I'm not too familiar with Koga Miyata's hardlite tubing, is FM-3 lower or higher in their hierarchy than FM-1?
    I think they put less effort in saving weight and that it was used by the most traditional Dutch bike kind of bikes within the Koga line up only. My fathers RoadGentleman from the same year uses FM-1 already. That model is a little bit more sporty.
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