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Old 12-21-17, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by rodteague View Post
....Not doubting the posters sincerity but the Merz reference is hearsay until a authoritative document is produced that has quotes, recorded voice, or is in his own hand. ....
Rod, I was pretty sure I've seen a few mentions from Jim Merz over the last year or two about Miki building some of their models immediately preceding his tenure there. If you're a member of the Classic Rendezvous Google Group, in this exchange he talks about Tim Fricker's '82 Sequoia being built by Miki: https://groups.google.com/d/topic/cl...kkk/discussion

If you're not a member, here is the relevent section: (I try not to cross post other's words, but this seems pretty relevent)

https://goo.gl/photos/cgBEHqKx7jy8VNqn6

Here is a link to some nice photos of a 1982 Miki built Sequoia, the cables on top of the BB. So the green bike is either made by another builder, or is slightly earlier. Photos by Tim Fricker.


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Originally Posted by cdmurphy View Post
Rod, I was pretty sure I've seen a few mentions from Jim Merz over the last year or two about Miki building some of their models immediately preceding his tenure there. If you're a member of the Classic Rendezvous Google Group, in this exchange he talks about Tim Fricker's '82 Sequoia being built by Miki: https://groups.google.com/d/topic/cl...kkk/discussion

If you're not a member, here is the relevent section: (I try not to cross post other's words, but this seems pretty relevent)
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THAT!...... is exactly the kind of documentation I am seeking, Thank you so much. I will attempt to join the group and hopefully, combine the info provided by Tim Neenan, Bryant Bainsworth and Jim Merz. Thank you again

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Originally Posted by dweenk View Post
My 1985 Nishiki Riviera GT as found
Wow, I love this!!! Haven't ever seen one before. Those colors really pop, and it looks super clean too! Such a beautiful bike. Thanks for posting it!
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BB is Bryant Bainbridge, not Bainsworth. BB, Merz and DiNucci would likely be the best sources---I think Neenan left not long after Merz started there.

San Rensho, Miyata and Miki are the only builders I've heard mentioned. Konno from Cherubim told me he thinks they might have built some, he still has some Spec'l-badged seatstay caps and other bits on hand.


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THAT!...... is exactly the kind of documentation I am seeking, Thank you so much. I will attempt to join the group and hopefully, combine the info provided by Tim Neenan, Bryant Bainsworth and Jim Merz. Thank you again

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Originally Posted by pcb View Post
BB is Bryant Bainbridge, not Bainsworth. BB, Merz and DiNucci would likely be the best sources---I think Neenan left not long after Merz started there.

San Rensho, Miyata and Miki are the only builders I've heard mentioned. Konno from Cherubim told me he thinks they might have built some, he still has some Spec'l-badged seatstay caps and other bits on hand.
your right about BB; just mispelled his name; no biggie. Neenan left in 1982 and Merz started right after his departure that same year. I just read a quote from Merz the other day, and he states he designed the Expedition. Neenan also claims to be the designer; I have to hope it was a collaboration. But, I speculate.

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My '84 Univega Gran Tourismo -- as purchased:



And the '81 Miyata 1000 as purchased last week... (photo is it hanging in the seller's garage)



I don't have any 'after' pics of the Univega yet... the Miyata will probably be sold off since it is too big for me...


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My 1994 Bridgestone RB-T as purchased:



And as it sits now:

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Looks great!
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Looks great!
Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami View Post
My 1994 Bridgestone RB-T as purchased:



And as it sits now:

A whole lot of sweet!!
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My '84 Univega Gran Tourismo -- as purchased:



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That is a great looking drivetrain and crankset. What are they?
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That is a great looking drivetrain and crankset. What are they?
Crankset is a Sugino GT with 52-46-28 rings, derailleurs are SunTour Mountech GT, Suntour 14-32 five-speed freewheel.

I'll fore sure be changing the freewheel to a 13-28 six-speed, and tweaking the rings on the crankset -- moving the 46 ring to the outer position and putting a 40t on the middle. Shifters will be SunTour ratcheting friction barcons. Derailleurs might get changed to SunTour Cyclone GT.

VO Facette ribbed fenders... Fujita Belt honey leather saddle, better seatpost. Considering changing to aero brake levers.
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And as it sits now:

Beautiful! Can you tell me the what bars are those, please?
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And as it sits now:

Wow, great job! Looks amazing.
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Beautiful! Can you tell me the what bars are those, please?

I don't have the bike at hand, but I think they're Sakae Randonneurs. Great bars, but on the narrow side.
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A+ work on that Bridgestone. On the money!
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Took my last ride of 2017 on my beloved '84 Elite GT. Happy new year!

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That is a great looking drivetrain and crankset. What are they?
Took a closer pic of the crankset:


And the rear Mountech:
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Took this pic on a ride the other day, and it's become my favorite pic of this bike, so I thought I would post it to one of my favorite threads!

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My 1984 Fuji Touring Series V:
I just love that bold FUJI lettering. Gorgeous!
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Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami View Post
My 1994 Bridgestone RB-T


Hey Chris- you need to do a long overdue picture thread with this bike.

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My 1990 Miyata 1000LT.

Quite the bike.


1990 Miyata 1000LT by Dave The Golden Boy, on Flickr


1990 Miyata 1000LT by Dave The Golden Boy, on Flickr

1990 Miyata 1000LT- Rear Derailleur by Dave The Golden Boy, on Flickr

1990 Miyata 1000LT by Dave The Golden Boy, on Flickr

Miyata 1000LT "spline Triple butted" decal by Dave The Golden Boy, on Flickr

Miyata 1000LT "Spline Triple Butted CrMo" seat tube decal by Dave The Golden Boy, on Flickr



When I got it, there were a few things replaced here and there, and I'd just finished overbuilding my Trek 720... so I just kept going. . This bike was originally built with Deore and Deore DX level stuff. At the time, it sat right under XT, prior to it being called DX- this would have been called Deore and Deore II with MT-60 and MT62. What I think is interesting is this bike came with M650 derailleurs, hubs and other DX components, but also came with, as stock, the older MT-60 crankset and brakes. The MT-60 crankset was still a part of the DX group, but the wide profile cantis weren't. Maybe Miyata wanted those particular brakes, maybe it was still a part of the group. Anyway- those brakes are awesome- as awesome as the XT M732s. (am I being too dorky here???)

In any case- I replaced the derailleurs and seat post with M900 XTR and the non-matching MT-60 and FC6206 crank with an M730 crankset I got pretty cheap and polished up.

This bike is really cool- it's very different from the other touring bikes I have like the 720 and 620. It's much more stiff and stable- but it's also much more stout feeling... all over. You can tell where the market was going- from a light and flexy 531 frame to the thicker and stronger (and consequently heavier) spline triple butted tubing. I'm really a fan of that "1972 Cadillac Eldorado" ride that the 531 Trek tourers have, but this has it's own thing going on- and I like it a lot more than I thought I would.
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Mid 80's Shogun 500

I bought the bare frame and fork, so I had the freedom to build it as I wanted. Stuck pretty much to Japanese components, with minor exceptions...Cinelli bar, Weinmann levers, Origin 8 stem (Taiwan?) but mixed and matched... Shimano triple and freewheel w/ Suntour derailleurs, SR pedals & hubs. Still winter here, so it will be a while before I get a test ride. Will probably remove the fenders and try some lightweight 700c wheels as well as a wheel set w/ 27 x 1 3/8 Kenda knobbies for the back roads. More photos and descriptions here
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With the temps somewhat unseasonably warm, in the low 80's Monday, I took my '85 610 for a ride around the lakes. Other than the saddle and pedals, and some cleanup and assembly, its just as I recieved it. Pretty much original. I think the rear derailleur is a replacement.
About four weeks ago we had temperatures in the mid-teens for three or four days. Starting to look like spring now.
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My modded 1985 Shogun 2000. Top is a pic of it from the seller, bottom is after I got finished with it. I went a bit nuts on it but it's my go-to for short tours and quick trips to the store. Planning to put a dyno and lights on it soon to complete the package.



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