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Help Identify an Old Miyata Terra Runner MTB

Old 03-11-13, 09:54 AM
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Help Identify an Old Miyata Terra Runner MTB

Technically this is my brother-in-law's bike, but it's in my garage and has been unridden for years because of a broken straddle cable on the rear brake. I decided that made it my responsibility, and I was tired of it being the only bad-looking bike in the collection, so yesterday, I fixed the brake, trued the wheels, and cleaned it up a little. It needs new grips, but it's usable. Now, I'm trying to figure out exactly how old it is. I'm guessing mid-80's, but don't seem able to pin it down with any specificity.

It's mostly stock although the rims don't match, so I suspect there was a wheel and/or rim replaced somewhere in its past. The most striking feature (to me) is the rear brake is mounted below the chainstays. Everything else looks good and original, even the tires. Drivetrain is Shimano Deore. Brakes are Shimano. There are a few scrapes and chips in the paint, but that's to be expected for a mountain bike that has actually been ridden off-road.

I did not look for a serial number. That's the last resort, and a method I've found not to always be reliable with bikes from that era.



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Wow, that was fast!! Thanks, T-Mar.
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You're welcome. Just don't be so negative about serial numbers. They're probably the best way to date a frame, if the serial number format has been decyphered. Once the frames have been repainted, it's often the only clue and a suprisingly large number of such cases crop up. I've been able successfully identify frames for dozens of forum members based on the serial numbers.
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