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Miyata Path Winder Mountain Bike

Old 02-01-10, 06:11 PM
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Miyata Path Winder Mountain Bike

Well, I bought this Miyata on a whim. I would guess it is mid/late 80's judging from the biopace cranks. I don't really need it, but it looks so cool!!! Does anyone have a better idea of age and value.
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Can't load your pic but the only year for the Path Winder was 1987. I wouldn't have a clue regarding values in Iowa. Just enjoy it.
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The closest I could find in the catalogs was the 1987 path winder:
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/_whtVpXkKwl...0-h/img133.jpg

Obviously it's not exact, yours looks like it could be a couple years newer than the 1987. I only scanned the catalogs quickly so I may have missed it. In your photo it looks like it's in excellent condition, I would have been all over that one too.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar
Can't load your pic but the only year for the Path Winder was 1987. I wouldn't have a clue regarding values in Iowa. Just enjoy it.
Ah, I see T-mar already had the year pegged.
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Let us know how the bike is as you work on it. Obviously Miyata is not known for MTBs but I imagine they did a good job of it. There was a Miyata 'Shredder' from around the same time on Chicago CL in the fall, pretty green color. It kept getting relisted so I have a feeling the seller gave up and may relist in the spring...if so it will tempt me again.
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Not a lot of value (typical nice rigid frame mountain bike), but looks to be really sweet.

One thing I really love about the older rigid frame mountain bikes is that you can turn them into just about anything: a touring bike, a commuter bike, a general recreation bike, etc. They are very flexible. Just add trekking bars and your choice of tires.
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Originally Posted by wrk101
One thing I really love about the older rigid frame mountain bikes is that you can turn them into just about anything: a touring bike, a commuter bike, a general recreation bike, etc. They are very flexible. Just add trekking bars and your choice of tires.
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Originally Posted by Chicago Al
...Obviously Miyata is not known for MTBs...
I am picking nits, but this is really not true. For a while in the late 80's to early 90's, Miyata made some pretty special top end MTB's. And the typical fleet of decent ones.

I am not familiar with the OP's bike, but I would make an uninformed guess that it is a typical, solid, long-wheelbase rigid MTB. They are common as dirt. And I love them all.

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I got the chance to go through the bike. It is in very nice condition. The freewheel wobbles just a tiny bit indicating a slightly bent rear hub. I find this on a lot of older mountain bikes. It just snowed here again today so no test ride. I ride a Litespeed Ocoee mountain bike that is set up like a cross bike with a rigid carbon fork when we go out in the woods. I may just keep the Miyata for a commuter.
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1987 Miyata Path Winder

I just finished a 2-day overhaul of this bike....someone threw it out, sans the front wheel. Red with yellow decals, 18 speed, Shimano hardware. The 17" Cr-Mo frame is nice and light....really responsive ride, doesn't take much effort to really accelerate. Old school friction shifters, canti brakes....simplicity works.
It's much too small for me, and the used bike market is really terrible here. I just hate seeing older bikes so mistreated! So I'll just save it for someone who needs a very solid bike.

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Originally Posted by jgedwa
I am picking nits, but this is really not true. For a while in the late 80's to early 90's, Miyata made some pretty special top end MTB's. And the typical fleet of decent ones.

I am not familiar with the OP's bike, but I would make an uninformed guess that it is a typical, solid, long-wheelbase rigid MTB. They are common as dirt. And I love them all.

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Based on the pics this one has longer than typical wheelbase note there are several inches between the rear wheel and the seat tube and the fork is a little more forward than typical.. Should make for a smooth somewhat laid back ride.
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