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Old 05-11-21, 09:20 PM
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1987 Miyata Ridge Runner

Just visited this one. It's 8 or 9/10 on condition, shifts and brakes great considering it's been in his garage for years.

I think it's all original(?) except the back rack. Tires are probably shot, they "crackle" a bit though they still look ok. Almost no treadwear!

Here's some catalog info that shows it's an 87:
https://www.restoration.bike/koga-mi...-ridge-runner/

Any ideas on private party value? The seller and are a ways apart. Just curious for other's thoughts, thanks!











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Old 05-12-21, 08:04 AM
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I see most of the value in the XT bits and the suede Vetta saddle. Otherwise it's a tough market for 26ers unless it's something like a Stumpy. What's the asking price?
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
I see most of the value in the XT bits and the suede Vetta saddle. Otherwise it's a tough market for 26ers unless it's something like a Stumpy. What's the asking price?
Agreed. Also, while the overall condition might be in the 8-9 range, I would rate the tires at a 3. While there might not be much tread wear, the sidewalls look pretty aged. Given the price of tires these days, that take away from the value quite a bit. If you really like it, maybe $100.
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
I see most of the value in the XT bits and the suede Vetta saddle. Otherwise it's a tough market for 26ers unless it's something like a Stumpy. What's the asking price?
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Agreed. Also, while the overall condition might be in the 8-9 range, I would rate the tires at a 3. While there might not be much tread wear, the sidewalls look pretty aged. Given the price of tires these days, that take away from the value quite a bit. If you really like it, maybe $100.
Good to know. The guy was asking over $300.... I was gonna go to 150.... around here that's a good price for anything vintage in good shape. Anyway, I was wondering if it was a sought-after classic. The vote so far seems to be no .

Speaking of Stumpys, here's a link to my CL posting for my 1993 one. Yah I lay it on thick, you gotta sell it man! I've gotten a couple of nibbles in the few days it's been up.

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/...318540945.html
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Asking over $300? That's optimistic, even in the pandemic, unless bikes are so impossible to find in your area that people will snatch up anything that rides.

Your $150 offer would be a reasonable FMV in my area, for what it's worth. But I have a feeling SoCal is a different market.
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
Asking over $300? That's optimistic, even in the pandemic, unless bikes are so impossible to find in your area that people will snatch up anything that rides.

Your $150 offer would be a reasonable FMV in my area, for what it's worth. But I have a feeling SoCal is a different market.
bargainguy makes a good point in that the market you live in can have a substantial effect on what a bike will sell for. I live in a smaller market and smaller market = smaller prices on used bikes. In my area even at $150 that bike would probably be a permanent fixture on CL.
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Lugs, splined chromoly tubes, Deore XT bits, whats not to like. If it was local to me and the right size I'd have no problem paying $200. I'd have a hard time prying $300 out of my wallet.
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I'd think depending on area, it could go for $200-300. But a more-appropriate value is probably in the $100-150 range. Varying depending on area and how scarce decent bikes of this sort are, of course.

In the past 36mos, I've seen a handful of that type and vintage of bike in the sub-$100 range. But mostly they've been up to $200 depending on condition.

Depends on how much refurb and overhaul you think this one would require. I'd start at, say, $200 if the frame and key drivetrain parts all look in great shape, then subtract what you're sure will need to be done to it. $50+ for tires and tubes, overhaul of the drivetrain and brakes, repacking the hubs, de-rusting things, re-cabling the bike ...
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Old 05-13-21, 09:35 AM
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I could see $200 also but I would try for $150. As said it will need tires consumables and full service so figure on spending $100-150 to get it into good riding order if every thing works good and the wheels are strait and not scored. Can't be sure from pics but the wheels look a bit rough and may be scored dinged up which would make this one a pass for me. Myself I would likely only buy this bike if I already had suitable nice full wheel set with tires and freewheel/cassete to put on the bike.

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Old 05-13-21, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by brian3069 View Post
Lugs, splined chromoly tubes, Deore XT bits, whats not to like. If it was local to me and the right size I'd have no problem paying $200. I'd have a hard time prying $300 out of my wallet.
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I'd think depending on area, it could go for $200-300. But a more-appropriate value is probably in the $100-150 range. Varying depending on area and how scarce decent bikes of this sort are, of course. In the past 36mos, I've seen a handful of that type and vintage of bike in the sub-$100 range. But mostly they've been up to $200 depending on condition. Depends on how much refurb and overhaul you think this one would require. I'd start at, say, $200 if the frame and key drivetrain parts all look in great shape, then subtract what you're sure will need to be done to it. $50+ for tires and tubes, overhaul of the drivetrain and brakes, repacking the hubs, de-rusting things, re-cabling the bike ...
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I could see $200 also but I would try for $150. As said it will need tires consumables and full service so figure on spending $100-150 to get it into good riding order if every thing works good and the wheels are strait and not scored. Can't be sure from pics but the wheels look a bit rough and may be scored dinged up which would make this one a pass for me. Myself I would likely only buy this bike if I already had suitable nice full wheel set with tires and freewheel/cassete to put on the bike.
Thanks for the input, good points. Looks like the consensus is $150-200 would be alright, but more importantly for me, it's not worth chasing as something "special". So I'm gonna pass since I already have a few steel bikes that I like from that era.

BTW, I thought it might be a Wow bike based on this post I found while researching:

https://www.retrobike.co.uk/threads/...runner.291418/

​​​​​​​Thanks again!
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I'm into Miyata Runners. That's a $300 bike if it had new tires and got washed up a bit. In it's present state the consensus is correct.
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I'm into Miyata Runners. That's a $300 bike if it had new tires and got washed up a bit. In it's present state the consensus is correct.
Good to know, thanks. Just curious, do you consider the 1987a hard to find bike, esp in all Original condition?

I'm always starry-eyed when I run across a 30 year old bike that's all original, low miles, and still looks good and rides well. Maybe I'm easily impressed haha.
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I consider any 30 year old bike in original condition "hard to find." Especially a mountain bike. The starry-eyed bit is my problem. Nostalgia gets ahold of me and I want original parts on everything. $$$
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Finding 30 year old or so MTb's has lot to do with location in major east or west coast markets there hard to find while were I live in Fairplay Colorado in the Rocky Mountains there are a lot of them just laying around in peoples yards unused and unlocked. I have three that I got as salvage a nice 88 Hardrock, a very nice Raliegh Techinium MT200 and slightly newer 97 Schwinn Mesa GSX. If your looking for a nice 30 year old or so MTB I suggest you expand your search more rural towns with higher incomes tend to be were bikes like these are found.
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Originally Posted by SDHawk View Post
Good to know, thanks. Just curious, do you consider the 1987a hard to find bike, esp in all Original condition?

I'm always starry-eyed when I run across a 30 year old bike that's all original, low miles, and still looks good and rides well. Maybe I'm easily impressed haha.
I suppose that these type of bikes in original condition could be a little hard to find but they do come up on CL and other online venues with some regularity. From the late 80s to mid 90s I regularly see Treks, Specialized, Shogun, Miyata, Bridgestone, Univega, Panasonic, Schwinn, Ross, etc. Many times only the consumables like tires, grips and brake pads have been replaced.
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