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Is this 1990 Miyata Alumicross a good deal?

Old 07-23-15, 10:38 PM
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Is this 1990 Miyata Alumicross a good deal?

Miyata Alumicross with new Touring Plus tires and Charge Saddle

New to the biking game and need a new bike for commuting on campus this fall. Will this bike be a good fit for me? It looks pretty nice in the pictures and falls nicely into my $200-$300 budget.

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Would need to know how tall you are and what size the bike is in order to even begin saying whether it would fit. Bike looks to be about a 54 cm bike (maybe 56...guessing from head tube length)...this would fit a person in the 5'8" range (with lots of factors affecting)...but...it is a good start at a guess.

As to value...if the bike is in really good shape and you do not have to overhaul it, then it is a decent price.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
I went with plan B (a beater).
I think the Alumicross is a very nice bike for campus use, but I went a different direction when our oldest started at the U of M last fall.

I went garage saleing and bought him a $25 Raleigh mountain bike. Best $25 I could have spent as it gets him to the different buildings with a minimum of profile.

The rule of thumb on a campus bike is simple.

Don't ride it and expect it to be there in one big piece when you get back.
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Bar end shifters, cantis, Miyata paint, what's not to love? Duane's frame size estimate is spot on. I'd buy it and keep looking for a $25-$50 MTB for bike rack duty!
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Great bike, great deal. Not something I would lock up outside campus though! In college my commuters were always beaters, valued at less than $50. My friends with nice bikes had them stolen. At best, you will be dealing with a big heavy clumsy locking system to prevent theft. With my beater bikes I have the luxury of using a small lightweight cable lock and not worrying about it.
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Originally Posted by kdelaney24 View Post
Miyata Alumicross with new Touring Plus tires and Charge Saddle

New to the biking game and need a new bike for commuting on campus this fall. Will this bike be a good fit for me? It looks pretty nice in the pictures and falls nicely into my $200-$300 budget.
By "good fit" I don't think you are talking about size, but make sure it physically fits. I owned an '89 and '91, great bikes. My son borrowed the '89 for a campus commuter for a year, but he had a good strategy for locking it up. Not only is it a great utility bike, later you can set it up for some cyclocross and have a blast on the fire roads. Warning: You will have to learn to do some routine brake, derailleur adjustments, as I recall the '89 required a little tweaking every few weeks.

If you don't have a great strategy for locking it up on campus it will get jacked, period.
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Hmm, I don't know if I would want my bike being that much of a target on campus, I think I would worry too much about it being stolen because I don't have enough in my budget to get a replacement if it does. Plus I am 6'0 so the 56" frame might be a little small, right? I was also told that a hybrid bike might be better for campus use, so I kept searching on craigslist. Do you guys think this Fuji Absolute 2.3 would be a good bike Fuji Absolute 2.3? Pictures are pretty grainy, but it comes with a bike lock which would be nice not to have to buy one myself.

Or maybe this Trek 700 Multitrack? Trek 700 Multi track

(Sorry about them not being vintage bikes, but I don't really know another good place to get opinions on whether or not these are good deal and you guys know your **** haha)
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