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1985 Miyata 710 for $300. Worth it?

Old 11-11-14, 03:11 AM
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1985 Miyata 710 for $300. Worth it?

Hi all,

I am new to biking and to this forum.
I have the opportunity to acquire a 1985 Miyata 710 for 300 bucks. Should I go for it?

This is the catalog. I matched it and it seems to be the correct one judging from the pictures.
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The bike has Dura Ace shifters and rear derailleurs and everything else is original Suntour components.
I understand that Dura Ace is pretty high up there. Also, the condition of the bike looks immaculate.

What do you guys thing? Good decision? Bad?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-11-14, 03:45 AM
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If it's clean and ready to ride, with good rubber, make the best deal you can and enjoy the ride.
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The Miyata 710 is a very nice bicycle, approaching top of the line standards. $300 would not seem unreasonable, however; few people on the forums, or anywhere else, for that matter, can offer quality appraisal advice without knowing what area you live in, how big the bike is, its state of mechanical repair and structural integrity. Simply put, it is difficult to share all this information without good quality pictures.

If the bike is in good shape, and you are in a hot market, and it is a good fit, and nothing is bent or dented, on the frame/fork set, then the price is right, in my opinion. If, however, you live where I do, a hundred dollars is far more appropriate.

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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
The Miyata 710 is a very nice bicycle, approaching top of the line standards. $300 would not seem unreasonable, however; few people on the forums, or anywhere else, for that matter, can offer quality appraisal advice without knowing what area you live in, how big the bike is, its state of mechanical repair and structural integrity. Simply put, it is difficult to share all this information without good quality pictures.

If the bike is in good shape, and you are in a hot market, and it is a good fit, and nothing is bent or dented, on the frame/fork set, then the price is right, in my opinion. If, however, you live where I do, a hundred dollars is far more appropriate.

Put another way, take some time for a more in-depth understanding of Vintage Bicycle Value. Hope it helps, should you choose to look. And, by the way...

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And...my welcome to Bike Forums...I love my Miyatas, so this one strikes near to home...and Randy said it well...and...his website is quite invaluable!
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Thanks, everyone! For the warm welcomes and the tips.

I live in the Bay Area, so it seems pretty hot.
From the pictures, the bike looks to be in tip-top condition. Even the paint looks good. It might have been restored.

I'll check the serial for possible theft, and if it clears, then I'll be riding it home
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For 3 bills, if absolutely unridden mint, I'd buy it.
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Originally Posted by torp View Post
eck the serial for possible theft, and if it clears, then I'll be riding it home
You will be riding home a fun bike. Miyatas are solid machines, and if it is in as good of shape as you say, then why not?

$300 for where I am would be high, but thats also because the group is mismatched. Doesn't mean it's any less of a bike, only that a complete group is preferred.

Since its for you, go have fun. What's $25 or so when it's going to stay with you(as opposed to flip)?

And you are already on your way to having a classic ride with high end modern components.
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Old 11-12-14, 09:11 AM
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I would pay $300 for a Miyata 710 with that equipment, if the frame fit and was in good shape with no rust or dents. Sounds like a good deal to me.
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Old 11-12-14, 11:40 AM
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I would agree $300 is reasonable price for this bike in the Bay area. Depending on the actual size color and condition I could actually see this bike selling for more in your area.
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miyatas especially the one in the '80s are very respectable bikes. strike yourself starting from the six series up to their top of the line t-1000 touring bikes then you'll be sure you have a very descent bike worth every penny you're going to shell out.
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