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Miyata Triplecross 1992: Your thoughts on what it's worth?

Old 12-21-09, 03:32 PM
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Miyata Triplecross 1992: Your thoughts on what it's worth?

Back on November 24, I asked you-all about affordable alternatives to a Bridgestone X0-1. Muttleyone recommended a Miyata Triplecross. Well, I found one in my area. It's a 1992. The seller is asking $300. He promised me first shot at the bike. Here's the CL ad:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/1518943332.html

Here's the 1992 Miyata catalog:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_whtVpXkKwl...0-h/img299.jpg

I know it's always hard to appraise a bike without inspecting it, and I know that prices vary in different parts of the country. That said, what do you think of this bike at a price of $300? Thank you. Happy holidays.
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Old 12-21-09, 03:48 PM
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Alot of parts have been changed on that bike...bars, stem, brake levers, shift levers, brake calipers. Its not that big of deal but its something to be aware of. Back in the day we converted alot of Miyata flat bar hybrids into bikes that resembled the drop bar alumicorss.

The ad says 'asking' $300.... offer $250 and see where it goes. In reality there isnt alot of bike there for the money, its mostly entry level Exage and 200GS, what your paying for are the cantilever mounts and tire clearance.
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Old 12-21-09, 03:51 PM
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Too much for an entry level bike store hybrid. It should have been about half as much as the seller is asking
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Only in San Fran could a basic hybrid sell for that kind of money.
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ElliotSF....I agree and disagree. Price is a little high...but not so much in your area where people ride all the time. It is a better bike than it is getting credit for in this thread. You might hold out for a pristine condition one but otherwise that bike model is no slouch. If you have time go look at it or call and talk a while to the guy...I always just ask what is your bottom dollar?? The guy will let you know and will probably come down. If it is more than you want to pay...keep looking.

Let me throw the conversation back the other direction by giving my opinion on "that particular bike". Basic maybe...but sometimes basic mixed with quality is hard to beat. Miyata's basic bikes (this one is tripple butted steel) were far ahead of most other bike companies middle or even top of the line bikes IMO. They offered and still offer some of the best QUALITY bikes to riders.

The guy selling the bike made some upgrades (fenders, improved cantilever brakes, all good) but I don't see anything that harmed the bike - although I am not crazy about the bars on it...but I'm just getting tired of bending over so much so my thoughts on comfort are changing. I would return to original but that's just me. Hybrid is a good thing. My hands don't get near as numb as they used to. You can ride it on and off the road...and that bike's not so prissy that you'd have to wash it as soon as you get off of it.

A few months ago I bought my barely ridden "little green machine" 91' Miyata Triple Cross for $140.00 including a new Giro helment and a hand pump. I thought it was a SUPER deal. This bike rides like the wind,shifts quicker than any bike I have, and it is super fast (hey...I weigh 260 so that is saying a lot)

The Shimano parts (Biospace/Exage 300) on it have made me a fan of the Miyata/Shimano combination. I bought an 86' Miyata 710 with the Sugino/Suntour Cyclone drivetrain the same week. It too rides like the wind. That tells me Miyata new how to match-up their components for their bikes.

I know the Exage 300/Biospace are not the top of the "component chain" for Shimano but even though they are basic they are so good it has made me take a look at several of my bikes in my collection. I have too many to look at...but because of this Miyata...I now want more to ride!

Miyata Catalog - 91' Tripple Cross
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_whtVpXkKwl...0-h/img269.jpg

My bike came with canti brakes, 700 x 38c tires, and a Blackburn rack. That's cool for "basic" to me! http://www.flickr.com/photos/umpire5...7622871236122/

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Old 12-22-09, 09:56 AM
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FWIW, retail was $450 US. I know that SF area is a high priced market but it still seems too high to me. Losing the SIS is definitely a downgrade in my books, as are the old style cantilevers. Still, he has sunk some money into it, so it should be mechanically fit and it is a good frame. Components are good but basic. It's just before Xmas and it sounds like he needs the money, so he may very well be receptive to a lower offer. I'd start out with a $200 offer. At worst, negotiations will probably end up at Jim's suggested $250. Just remember, it's not worth any price, if it doesn't fit you properly.
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Thanks, everybody. I'll keep looking for my next bike.

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FWIW, retail was $450 US. I know that SF area is a high priced market but it still seems too high to me. Losing the SIS is definitely a downgrade in my books, as are the old style cantilevers. Still, he has sunk some money into it, so it should be mechanically fit and it is a good frame. Components are good but basic. It's just before Xmas and it sounds like he needs the money, so he may very well be receptive to a lower offer. I'd start out with a $200 offer. At worst, negotiations will probably end up at Jim's suggested $250. Just remember, it's not worth any price, if it doesn't fit you properly.
Thanks, everybody, for your input. I just spoke with the seller and he is firm on $300. For all I know, it's a decent price for the San Francisco area, but I won't pay it, especially since I would want to make some changes to the bike, and those changes will cost me at least $50 more. Oh, well. Onward. Happy holidays!
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