The main difference between my Fuji and my Miyata (besides the fact that the Fuji is a double), is that the Miyata has indexed shifters, while the Fuji is the old friction type. Always seem to be trimming with the Fuji, bit no so much with the Miyata. The Miyata is a nice, solid steel bike with downtube shifters and a nice comfortable ride. I don't race, which is a good thing cuz I'm not very fast on it.
When I bought the Miyata, I knew nothing about bikes except the Schwinn Varsity I used to own when I was a kid, and selected the Miyata bike for a variety of reasons. I was shopping at the end of model year, and so it was very well priced, and the LBS highly recommended Miyata. Also at the time, I was insistent on getting a touring model, which were all the rage then. I never really regretted that - the touring bike is just the ticket for me.
But, I've since wondered about where the Miyata 215T fit in the scheme of things - after riding it all these years I can tell you it is durable and well made - I'm just curious what separates it from the (then) top of the Miyata line, and where it fit in - low, mid, or top end. Anyone?
I ride mainly for the exercise, so I try to find a nice mix of rolling hills to ride in (not too hard to do in Northern California). In the summer, I usually mix road riding with hitting the dirt after work on my Gary Fisher Joshua, and in the winter when time is short I spin at the local gym or ride the Fuji on my trainer in front of the TV. Works for me.
In my spare time I rescue vintage road bikes from local thrift shops, tune them up, and resell them to local vintage bike enthusiasts (which, apparently, are not too hard to find). Frankly, I'm amazed at the nice bikes that people toss aside, and have handled a pretty impressive list of bikes in the last few years - lots of Peugeots, Nishikis, Ralieghs, Fuji's, Schwinns (Travelers, Worlds, etc), as well as a handful of Bridgestones and Panasonics. Curiously, I've only ever come across 1 Miyata (a One Hundred), but it was priced too high for me to turn a profit on (looked like a nice bike, though - probably should have bought it).
Along the way I've learned something about bike components, set up, and geometry, and it was very therapudic endeavor when I was laid off for a time. As a result, I developed a "thing" for the older bikes.