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Old 07-26-10, 08:03 PM
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Miyata 721A ... opinions please!

I have been endlessly searching the criagslists ads in my area for a good vintage bike that would serve as a commuter to and back from school. Finally, I located a good looking bike in excellent condition. Its a 1990 721A Miyata, I was going to talk the guy down to $125, but the condition of the bike was nice enough that I paid him $150. He was originally asking $200.

Now, I do not know much about the bike, but after a brief test ride I was convinced that it performed well and had adequate stopping power. There was a terrible shadow being cast by the afternoon sun and I couldn't wait till tomorrow. So if this violates any BF rules I apologize.

What are some of the things I "should" change? This bike will be ridden to a local JC on a daily basis and if I plan to change anything, it should not attract thieves attention.

Opinions and suggestions appreciated. What is the purpose of the thread on the bottom of the down tube, picture below.
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That Miyata looks to be in pristine condition. As far as I know the Miyata 721A was kind of a high end sports tourer. It has a tripple crank, 7 speed indexed Exage 500 LX system with the long cage RD, dual pivot brakes and also eyelets for racks. I guess the only knock on the 721A is that it is bonded aluminum, that being said it is from later in the bonded game, so by this time I think the issues with earlier bonded aluminum have been worked out. For $150 you did great! Here in Toronto I easily could have got $350 for that bike in that condition. I sold a Miyata 110 that was two years older and in slightly worse condition for $250 (asked and taken) with multiple offers streaming in. Great find! Enjoy and be careful where you leave it. It's thief bait for sure !

edit: If it were me I would find a bit more of a beater to lock up at JC
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Bad news, around here, that bike would be attracting thieves attention as it sits.

Sweet bike, easy $275 around here in an average market, over $300 + in one of those hotter markets. I am surprised it has Exage on it. Earlier 7xx series Miyatas were 105.

Tip: for pictures here, take them from the drive side (the side where the chain is). That's where all of the action is on the bike.
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