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1988 Miyata 1000?

Old 03-28-18, 12:24 PM
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1988 Miyata 1000?

Found somebody trying to sell what appears to be a 1988 Miyata 1000. Judging from the picture, it's been sitting around for a long time -- maybe outside. It looks to match the 1988 catalog description and photo including the tires and bar wrap/cushion (foam?) From the catalog, it appears these things came in 50, 54, and 57. 54 might work for me, but 57 wouldn't. Price seems to be firm at $150 and am tempted if the frame is straight and undamaged. We'll see. I haven't seen it -- seller's pic.
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Old 03-28-18, 02:23 PM
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This is something that you just have to go and look at, now. Unless the seat post and stem are frozen and all parts are rust laden then it won't matter the size. Not to me anyway. It's a no brainer at $150. My 2.
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Old 03-28-18, 03:07 PM
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This is something that you just have to go and look at, now. Unless the seat post and stem are frozen and all parts are rust laden then it won't matter the size. Not to me anyway. It's a no brainer at $150. My 2.
I did go look at it and it's a smallish 54. About the same size as a 21" Bob Jackson. I think it's a bit smaller than a 21" Raleigh Sports.

Turns out that the bike has not been stored outside. I was expecting all the aluminum to be crappy and pitted -- like it gets after years in the Houston weather. For the most part, the Al on this bike has the dull layer, but no pitting, no significant metal loss. I almost fell over (metaphorically) when I saw the tires. They are the original Miyata "radial" 700x32 tires and they are still in servicable condition with no noticeable aging of the sidewall. I'm sure that I'll find some when I look carefully, but the tread looks virgin and the sidewalls look good. The Miyata label on the tires is faded, but still clear. The rims (also original) show some brake marks, so the bike has been ridden, but not much.

Stem and seatpost both are free with no muscle required at all.

When I was going to look at it, I was figuring that there would be a whole lot of stuff to replace, but so far, the only thing I can see that needs immediate attention is the brake cables -- probably the pads, too. Cables are galvanized and show rust at the brakes. Chain is stiff, as expected, but, given the little use this bike has obviously seen, I may just service it and go.

Of course, it's getting it's little ball bearings gently massaged and lubricated before it hits the road, but this looks like a real dumb luck find/ easy restoration.

I'll post pics and more detail in the next couple days -- I have to re-organize workspace following a couple years of gross lassitude.
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Old 03-28-18, 03:16 PM
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The bike has the original Selle Royal leather/suede saddle and it has some tearing of the cover as visible in the posted picture. I'll probably put a Brooks narrow B17 or Swift on it, but am curious about what can be done to repair the original -- I just don't know.
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Looks like you got a great deal in the current slightly neglected but good shape it is worth way more than $50. nicely cleaned up and ready to ride this version on the 1000 with the somewhat compact 54cm touring frame set seem to go for $450-500.
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Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
Looks like you got a great deal in the current slightly neglected but good shape it is worth way more than $50. nicely cleaned up and ready to ride this version on the 1000 with the somewhat compact 54cm touring frame set seem to go for $450-500.
Did he pay $150?
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One does not walk away from $150 Miyata 1000s. Nice catch!
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Nice find but don't trust those tires.
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Originally Posted by StarBiker View Post
Did he pay $150?
Yes, I did.
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Old 03-28-18, 11:19 PM
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One does not walk away from $150 Miyata 1000s. Nice catch!
I think it's a great bike at a very fair price. But, I didn't start this thread with the intention of gloating about the great deal I got. Had I not found it, I very well may have spent 10 times as much ordering and equipping a Bob Jackson (that was another recent obsession). As Lucille Ball would have said, "Think of all the money i saved."

I'm much happier because I bought what appears to be a really fine bike that fits me and will be a lot of fun to tweek/massage and ride for thousands of miles. Had I spent much more, I'd feel the same way.

I've been looking it over and the construction quality/attention to detail and all that seems to be really high comapered to other vintage bikes I've worked on/owned. I have a soft spot, for example, for the Raleigh Super Course bikes and they are worthy bikes and great values and, as they say, ride better than they should, but the Myata doesn't seem to have any monday morning faults like some Raleighs.

Finally, I would like to make an observation about ads that appear on Craigslist, Ebay, Offer up. Sellers should give more thought, in many cases, as to how they headline the ad. If you are selling a possible desireabe bike, don't run an ad that says "truck bumper and a couple old bikes. $50" Maybe don't combine truck bumper ads with bike ads. In the ad title, and certainly in the description, try to explain what the bike is and why, briefly, a rider shouldbe interested. What is it, what does it have, what does it need, what's SNAFU.

For buyers, if you see an ad for a truck bumper and a couple old bicycles, maybe click on the ad and zoom in on the ohotos, If you see a poor photo of a bicycle shaped object, well, you can never tell.

My first exposure to "offer up" was today. I can't complain about the result, but when perusing the bicyle ads, well, it's not a happy, but is a tough, user experience.
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