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Old 07-30-16, 02:40 PM
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Need help identifying this bike.

So this bike is listed as a "Old school Mikaya" but I think this guy made a typo and meant to type Miyata. I'm not sure if i should ask him because he might raise the price. I'm going to look at it tomorrow and was wondering what i should look for to confirm that it is a Miyata.

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With a $60 price tag, it's hard to go too wrong since it looks like it was a halfway decent bike. The picture's not the greatest, but I think I might see a Sugino Maxy crankset, SunTour derailleurs (no claw), alloy rims, and quick release wheels. If you want it, scoop it up before someone else does and figure out whether it's a Miyata later.

As for determining whether it's a Miyata, ask the seller what he knows about the bike's origin. Maybe he can give you some info to confirm. Look for Miyata pantographs (stamps) on the frame or fork. For example, my Miyata 1000 has 'Miyata' stamped into the fork crown. Check the serial number. Japanese-built Miyatas from the '70s and '80s generally have a serial number of one letter denoting the year (starting with A=1972), followed by six numbers. For example, a 1975 Miyata might have a serial number of D123456.

If you get the bike and confirm it's a Miyata, then you'll have the challenge of figuring out which model. Miyata made everything from entry-level bikes up to pro-level race bikes. Being that this bike has stem shifters and I can't see downtube braze-ons for shifters, it may not have been a top-tier bike. You can look at other things like whether it has forged dropouts and if so, what brand/model to narrow things down further.

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Worth the asking price, but he says he'll negotiate? RUN, don't walk to get this!
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