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Old 05-01-23, 10:07 AM
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Cheap Miyata 1000

Would you buy a way too small Miyata 1000 in fair shape with both racks for $120? I would like to have the front rack for my 610. The biggest issue for me is that I'll have to drive nearly 2 hours one way to get it. I also have several parts bikes and limited storage space. I'm I could get a nice rack for about the same price shipped to me. Would it be worth it to have any of the other parts for my 610? The 610 is near mint just missing the front rack.
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Never owned one, but I do own a Miyata and am very, very satisfied with it. The 1000 is among a short list of coveted vintage touring bikes. If a shorter person is looking for a nice bike for loaded touring, it would seem to be a tremendous bargain, especially if it is in really nice condition.

I hear the market has softened, but that is a very low price.
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If I could pass it along after I scavenge the front rack, I would buy it anyway. I'm not in an area where that would be likely without shipping it though. It's not like I need a bike. I have 2 other touring bikes in the 610 and a very nice Surly LHT. I own about 12 bikes last count for the whole family. I ride 6 different bikes, all nice bikes. Just making the point that I don't really need the bike except for the rack and any other small parts I take a fancy to.

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I'd likely pass but $120 for a Miyata 1000 even in the wrong size is tempting. I might do it if I needed the parts as you could then sell the frame.
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Originally Posted by RH Clark
The biggest issue for me is that I'll have to drive nearly 2 hours one way to get it. I also have several parts bikes and limited storage space. ...
...there was a time when I would have done this, but this is no longer the time.
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Time is money, can you afford to drive 4 hours in total? How much gas would that cost you? If you can somehow get back 4 hours of time and gas money from getting that bike, it might be worth it to you instead of just buying that rack online. You could be doing something else instead of driving. I can't remember who it was, but someone said the trip can only be worth it if you can get several bikes and flip/sell them, but you also said you don't have space. Driving that far for one bike/rack might not be worth it, unless you have some other business to do etc.
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I don't like to purchase things that I do not intend to keep.

I might buy a too-small bicycle if I needed a majority of the parts.

Most of my left-overs go directly to the bicycle co-op.

If you enjoy reselling bicycles, the Miyata 1000 might be a fun project; otherwise it seems a lot of work to obtain a front rack.
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Appreciate it guys. I was tempted by price, but I've about talked myself out of it. Rack might not fit anyway, I just thought.
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IF this is a real small model with the original matching racks good chance they wouldn't fit go nicely on a larger bike.
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IF this is a real small model with the original matching racks good chance they wouldn't fit go nicely on a larger bike.
That's what I thought when I got the best measurement I could get from the seller. I got stand over height of top tube to floor of 30 inches. Mine measures 35 inches. I'm 6'2" and I can stand over mine flat footed if positioned correctly. I estimate mine about 62cm. measuring center of crank to top of seat post tube. It's a very comfortable ride for me that I've done half centuries on.
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Miyata 1000. One of the finest bikes to have come my way over the years. Sturdy, to say the least, excellent workmanship on the frame/fork, well handling, excellent stopping power. Every box is filled with the 1000 although a bit of frame chrome would not have hurt my feelings. I would not hesitate to buy another Miyata 1000, cosmetically challenged or not. And...

For what it is worth, a fellow, accompanied by a female friend (fiancÚ I believe) drove all the way from Minneapolis to Thunder in a snow storm to buy the bike from me. This was one bike that I should never have sold...
"98% of the bikes I buy are projects".
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I would be in my car driving, but I like driving. Drove two hours one way to pick up this one:

Mikkelsen Criterium, sellers picture. Was for sale for at least three months. I was four days away, I waited until I was closer. A mess for sure, but it had Campy brakes, derailleurs, crankset and headset, Cinelli bars and stem. Somehow that crazy seat post came out.
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Throw some parts you never actually plan to use on a meaningful build into a box, and drop them off at the local coop on the way to pick up the 1000.

Based on weight alone, partially offsetting a new bike is easy. Whatever puts your conscience at ease.
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How small is too small? And where is this Miyata 1000 located?
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Oooph, I just drove 4 hours to get one in my size three weeks ago. Wish that one was $120 though.
Sucks its too small. Maybe it would be an awesome surprise gift for a family member? nephew, niece or such?
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I drove 4 hours roundtrip for a $75 1000 so ya go get her.
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