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80's Miyata bike! Need help in what model it is and how much it's worth please..

Old 03-18-10, 10:30 PM
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80's Miyata bike! Need help in what model it is and how much it's worth please..

My license just got suspended so I am trying to find a cheap, but good reliable bike. There is this bike Miyata brand. The owner said its been recently tuned and new tires and brakes. It;s ready to roll and commute. He said it's an 80's model and he thinks it said 100 on it.(its in his storage so he cant remember) He is asking 160.

This is his description. White Miyata MTB

19 inch chro-moly frame, 26 inch wheels, with a 29 inch step-over

Shimano 21 speed triple-crank drive-train
Quick release on front wheel and saddle
Double thumb shifters
Bottle cage
Aluminum alloy wheels


Do you think this is worth it? Can anyone please tell me which model it is and if it would be reliable for a 7 mile one way commute? I was trying to find out info on it and cant find anything!

This seems like the only bike on craigslist that will fit me. I am 5'4.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Miyata makes fine bikes, this looks like one of the lower MTBs in their range. An older MTB with city tires can be a very good and practical commuter, and there's not much demand for them so they are often cheap. It probably would fit you, but wouldn't hurt to go try it out just for info-gathering, unless you know for sure what your size is. Generally a 19" MTB is considered "medium" and at 5'4" it could be a bit big for you. Depends on your location, but for $160 I think you can do better than this one...in my town it would be a "fair price" (but my town is unfairly priced on everything).
Looks like it could be a 1991 "elevation 100":
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/_whtVpXkKwl...0-h/img265.jpg

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+1 Way too big. Not your size. I am 5-11 and ride an 18 inch MTB. I tried a 19 inch, and it was just too big for me. You probably need either a 16 inch or a 17 inch.

+1 Too expensive, but not ridiculous. But given it is way too big, price is not that important.

Also, the bike needs to be ready to go. You can easily spend $200 at a bike shop getting a bike refurbished: cables, tires, tubes, bearings, that kind of stuff. The costs add up.

An older MTB like this would be good for your intended use. Around here, finding one your size should be no problem.

Google mountain bike sizing and you will get all kinds of information on this topic.
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Thank you so Much for the Brochure and Info. I will try it out and see if its fits. If I cant clear the top bar then that means it doesnt fit right? I'm not planning to do any mountain biking just commuting on streets. MAybe a little grass here and there. Since it is too big for me would it be okay for just commuting on nice paved roads? What are the cons about riding a bike too big?

I really want a Miyata MTB but it seems most are road bikes and way too big for me. Maybe i'll have to wait until ones comes along.

So do you guys suggest to go smaller?

If anything can't I just lean the bike while im stopped and stand on one foot or is that not the the acutal problem? OR

Will the problem be that I wont be able to pedal fully because my feet cant reach the bottom of the rotation?

Sorry these are dumb questions. You guys have helped me a lot. And ill google the question as well. So if you don't feel like answering noob questions I understand.

Thanks

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Old 03-19-10, 12:28 PM
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The model name is printed on the top tube and no way does that look like a 19" frame.

When you straddle the top bar do the boys hit or do u have clearance? Stand over the top bar with no shoes on. Lift your toes up just a touch so all your weight is on your heels and try to bend your knees. If you can bend them you can get away with riding it. If you cant bend your knees forget it.
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I really hope it's a 17" Since I think that more my size, Thanks to you guys! I'm going to check it out tomorrow. So if I can't clear it then I guess Imma have to wait for another Miyata to come around. OR maybe buy one from ebay or something. OR just settle for another good brand like fuji, specialized, bianchi, univega, or trek. Ugh! I want a Miyata though I don't know why!

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+1 It really does not look like a 19 inch frame to me either.

As far as road bikes, small road bikes are hard to find, and sell at a healthy premium. Small MTBs are extremely common.
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Cross my fingers and I hope its a 17" Ill let you guys know what i get. There is a 2010 Specialized Hardrock for sale for 100 bucks 17" as well. I might look at that if someone doesn't buy it before me.
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That new Hardrock will not last long if you are in a decent market.
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I hate to say that, but if you are 5'4" you should probably be looking for a 15-16 inch MTB and not a 17". A 17" might "fit" (depending on your inseam), but it will "fit" like a road bike and not the way MTBs are supposed to fit.
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He said the rear derailer needs adjustment. he said the screw in there is stripped.Is it still worth it? Does that mean I the bike is not rideable? For 100 is it a good deal? its a 17" so I think I would be able to fit it. I hope.

Thanks Guys!

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Originally Posted by EjustE View Post
I hate to say that, but if you are 5'4" you should probably be looking for a 15-16 inch MTB and not a 17". A 17" might "fit" (depending on your inseam), but it will "fit" like a road bike and not the way MTBs are supposed to fit.
Really Ejuste? Ok what I might do is buy the 2010 Hardrock for 100. Then if it doesnt suit my needs. I am hoping i can sell it and buy an 15-16" MTB.

I am not planning on doing any mountain biking. I only plan on commuting on roads. Would a 17" still be sufficent or should i still stick with 15-16"

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Originally Posted by EjustE View Post
I hate to say that, but if you are 5'4" you should probably be looking for a 15-16 inch MTB and not a 17". A 17" might "fit" (depending on your inseam), but it will "fit" like a road bike and not the way MTBs are supposed to fit.
Ejuste, what if i just put the seat to the lowest possible point. Would it still feel like a road bike?
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Ejuste, what if i just put the seat to the lowest possible point. Would it still feel like a road bike?
If you do that, it would feel more like a road bike. Here is a fit calculator for both road bikes and MTBs. I suggest that you give it a good try to get an approximation of what size bike you need. (click on "fit system")
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Ok so I got the 2010 Hardrock for 100 and had the derailluir replaced (Sram x4) and Crank adjusted which was 60 dollars. So far I have spent 60 dollars on it. So I got the bike for 160. The tires had slicks on them . I checked out a 2010 hardrock at a store and I couldnt clear the 15"(.5 -1" clearance) or 17" standover. It had the specialized knobby tires on them though. Both felt ok when riding I did notice the handlebars were a little closer on the 15" vs the 17". I still couldnt clear the standover height on both bikes. I Didn't have to tippy toe but my nads were Definatley resting on the bars.

The funny thing was that When I tried out the 17" 2010 hardrock that I bought for 100 It felt way shorter and I barely cleared the standover height. MY nads were barely touching I didnt have much clearance when i bent my knees though. (.5-1" clearance)

There are slicks on it though. Could this be why it seems shorter? Because for some reason I can clear the standover height, but not that much bending room. I know 15" would be perfect, but what are the disadvantages of having a bike just a tad bit big? Will a novice like me even notice it?

The LEan over doesnt feel to exaggerated, but I haven't had even a mile on it. If it feels too uncomfortable or too big after doing the commute for a while. I will sell it for about 200.

Thanks Guys!

Mike!

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