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Miyata 712 ( Seven Twelve)

Old 07-18-14, 12:59 AM
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Miyata 712 ( Seven Twelve)

I just went through the heartbreaking/infuriating experience of having my first "real" bike stolen from outside my workplace (1980 Fuji America), so now I'm trying to find a new ride that won't break the bank. I came across this Miyata 712 (it looks like an '88 to me) on craigslist and i'd like a few opinions: 1987 miyata seven twelve 12 speed roadbike

I haven't gone to see the bike in person, so this is all I have to go off of. Obviously, it's looking a little rough, but I'm hoping that everything will be serviceable and I can do a some cleaning, greasing, and oiling to get this thing up and running. When I emailed the vendor he said that the rim on the back wheel will need replacing, so that's making me think that it might not be worth the price. It also seems apparent that something was done to the brake levers as well. I think they look kind of terrible, but I could work with it if it means getting a good deal on a workable bike.

What do you all think?
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Old 07-18-14, 08:04 AM
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Brake levers are neither the originals not remotely correct. They are inline levers that are normally used as auxiliary levers on the bar tops. You'll have to buy proper drop bar levers and potentially replace the cable housing. Assuming you find used levers in a bin somewhere and do the work yourself, that might cost $30-50.

Not sure what he means about the rear rim. If it is dented or bent or otherwise really needs replacement, forget about the bike. If it is merely out of true, that's not hard to fix.

I don't think you are in an expensive market for bikes. In a normal market, I think that bike is worth maybe $150 if all working and without the brake lever and rim issue.
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Double check the fork - it looks odd to me.

I concur with John; offer $100- if you feel that you are capable of dealing with the rear wheel and brake issues yourself. I you need a pro to do; skip it.
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Old 07-19-14, 07:37 AM
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If a new rim is needed, a matched new 105 hub wheelset, velomine.com, will set you back $149 + $50 for tires, tubes, rimstrips. A cassette another $20. Brake levers for about $25-$30 new.

If the rest of the bike is all Shimano 105, offer the seller $50-$75 and let him keep the wheels and tires.

An all 105 equipped bike for $300 all in is not insane, but not terrible, for a rider.

But the guys who hang out on C&V are used to paying $25-$100 for a complete 105 equipped bike, sinking $50-$75 into it, and doing all the reconditioning work themselves.
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