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'76 Super Le Tour or 88' Miyata 312?

Old 08-15-15, 05:51 AM
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'76 Super Le Tour or 88' Miyata 312?

So I've been looking for something in the ballpark of $150 just to use as a commuter. Options that have been sticking out that are my size (according to the descriptions) are a '76 Super Le Tour and an '88 312. Both seem to be in pretty good condition (with the Miyata's paint being a little cleaner as it's a decade newer) and look like they'll only require some tires, a tune up, and some tape.

Now when I go see them in person things may change, but was just wondering which bike you would go for, if the condition was relatively equal. I've heard good things about both. The Miyata is lighter, while the Schwinn looks it's fitted with a 600 RD, compared to SIS for the Miyata.

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I used to have an 88 Miyata 312. It is one of a few bikes that I wished I hadn't sold. Comfy, smooth, and fast.

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Miyata - no contest.
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+10 Miyata for the win. Not even close.
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I'd probably pick the Miyata as well, primarily because of the 6-s SIS drivetrain, but I don't think the choice is a slam-dunk.

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I have an '89 312. Great platform; you can keep it stock, make it lighter, put racks on it, make it a townie, throw on a threaded carbon fork from Nashbar: it's light, comfy and stable. Simply a great inexpensive bike.
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As much as I like the super lightweight offerings of Schwinn... I'd say the Miyata.
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