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1992 Miyata 721

Old 01-07-16, 10:04 AM
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1992 Miyata 721

Going to look at it tomorrow. Price is in the double digits, so I think for sure it is a pretty good deal. I'm not sure how abused it will look, the owner said he was using it as a commuter (my intended purpose for it, as well) - all of the decals from the distance of the camera look in good condition and can't spot any rust on the components. The seller is active military and is moving, so he just wants it gone. It appears to have been well taken care of. I think it is my size, judging by the headtube length. Hoping it is, anyway. Seller wasn't sure.

Found scanned versions of the old Miyata catalogs, going off of color it's a '92. Bonded aluminum main triangle with chromo fork and stays, middle of the range Exage 500 components for the most part, with a Shimano LX FD, one heck of a small granny gear, and silly biopace rings. If I change anything, it will be the chainrings, but maybe I'll be lucky and they won't give me a hard time (seems to be 50/50 when it comes to biopace). Looks like a pretty sweet commuting, short touring machine. 36 spoke wheels are always welcome in my garage.

Anyone else on here own one, or ride one? If so, what are your impressions? I am hoping the brake calipers have enough reach to fit some fenders on, and wonder how wide a tire it can accept.

This will be my first Miyata if I go through with the purchase, and looking into their old catalogs - wow what a company! I'm impressed by their early adoption of cyclocross and their in house tubing, amongst other aspects. It seems even their lower end bikes were still pretty darn decent bikes. I'll take some pictures tomorrow or over the weekend if I bring it home with me.
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If it is a deal do not wait until tomorrow if you can avoid it. It may be gone by then.
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Old 01-07-16, 11:14 AM
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If it is a deal do not wait until tomorrow if you can avoid it. It may be gone by then.
I've already been talking to the seller. He can't meet until tomorrow. I saw it late last night and sent him a text message and we have had a few back and forth. Sounds like I am #1 on the list...if any exists. But I do agree!
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Ok ok...this got no traction yesterday, and I am assuming it is either because a) there were no pics and/or b)where are the alloy Miyata lovers?

Anyhow, I just picked it up. The CL ad had $100, and in it he said he would be willing to take $75. I gave him $80 because I liked the guy (we are both from Baltimore, and he is returning home after being in the Army) and thought it was already quite a good deal on it. He got it from his roommate. It's definitely been kept inside, hardly a scratch anywhere. Needs to be cleaned up, and it is missing a front brake pad (because it was rubbing, and annoying him and I assume he had no idea how to center the calipers). He definitely wasn't a bike guy, but said he had been riding it to work - hard to tell, as there are hardly any signs of wear. Other than that, wow. Shifts nice and smooth, rides really nice.

I'm hoping I'll be able to squeeze a set of fenders on. I have some nicer tires with a blue sidewall I can use on it for now, and I'll put new tape on the bars.





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I had one a couple of years ago. Good solid bike. Moved it on as I already have too many keepers and I don't keep aluminum frame bikes. Good choice as a commuter.
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The stays and fork are Chromo...it felt smooth on the short ride I took it on. I would normally shy away from an alloy bike as well but I don't have anything like this in my stable. Anyway, for $80 I can ride it at least a season or two and still sell it for double, if not a little more. I'm looking forwrd to experimenting with how wide a tire it can take (I would love to put 28s on, I'll settle for 25s) - I'm not a good visual inspector of such things until I try.
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It's a freakin' steal at $80! Nice bike. Looks like it will make for a fun commuter.
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Thats a really great deal for $80. Ride it for a bit, clean it up and sell it for more- a win win if ever there was one.

Curious- does it have a Japan or Taiwan label? I read that 7xx and up bikes and aluminum bikes were made in Japan even after Miyata sent the lower end bikes to Taiwan. I have seen a couple of Taiwan made early 90s Mitata cross/hybrids and though they are TIG'd, they looked really great.
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I had one and really liked it, I paid about the same for mine at a garage sale. Great bike at a great price.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Thats a really great deal for $80. Ride it for a bit, clean it up and sell it for more- a win win if ever there was one.

Curious- does it have a Japan or Taiwan label? I read that 7xx and up bikes and aluminum bikes were made in Japan even after Miyata sent the lower end bikes to Taiwan. I have seen a couple of Taiwan made early 90s Mitata cross/hybrids and though they are TIG'd, they looked really great.
The head tube says Made in Japan.

Unfortunately it won't accept fenders, or at least any I have. That's okay though. Put two new brake pads up front (since it was missing one)...wow, there's a lot of stopping power there!

This one has lugs
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Okay, had my first real ride on it today - it was terrific! At some point I'll change the saddle. Nothing wrong with the Avocet, but not really my style/cup of tea/whatever. It has half step + granny gearing, which I think I like, but it will likely take a number of rides to get used to using the F Der for small incremental gear changes. It's nice to try out something different. I need new brake cables and housing - and when I do I'll put new tap on the bars (I think this is the original tape), the braking is a bit sticky, and if i keep it around for awhile I'll likely put some wider tires on it. I had these Hutchinsons hanging around, and I liked the blue sides with the frame.
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Those are great bikes and a very good deal at $80.
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I don't know if you still have this bike or not but I have a question. Do you know how easy or difficult it is to install the rear brake cable housing? I see it goes in the right side of the TT and comes out of the left. I'm looking at a mint '91 or '92 as well, still has reflectors and all. The catalogs show the same color for both years.

And is that actually a gel saddle?

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I don't know if you still have this bike or not but I have a question. Do you know how easy or difficult it is to install the rear brake cable housing? I see it goes in the right side of the TT and comes out of the left. I'm looking at a mint '91 or '92 as well, still has reflectors and all. The catalogs show the same color for both years.
I find the best way is to clamp in your stand and orient the top tube vertically. Thread a bare cable, using gravity and 'feel' to find the exit point. Once that's done, thread the housing over the cable. I went rear to front but either way should work.
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^^^ I can't speaking to the routing, but to my eyes that is not a gel saddle. Looks like a touring or racing woman's saddle.
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Cool. yeah, the catalog says it's a gel saddle but it doesn't look like one to me.
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I just replaced the housing on one a few days ago. I ran a new brake cable through the existing housing from the front. Then I pushed the new housing over the brake cable from the rear, pushing/pulling the old housing out the front. The brake cable guided the new housing, no trouble at all. Once the new housing emerged from the top tube I removed the brake cable and old housing.

Thats an Avocet Gelflex, usually has a Spandex cover.
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Yeah I wished I'd had the original housing.
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I bought my small 721 at a local bike store swap. Nothing my size but the Miyata was cheap enough to buy for the wheels and parts. It was probably under priced because the brake housing was damaged where it exited the frame.
Got it home and my daughter said "that's a cute bike, would it fit me"?
So I lost my parts bike.
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I sold mine for $300. Nice bike, but I like my '89 312 better.
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I sold mine for $300. Nice bike, but I like my '89 312 better.
The one I'm looking at went from $190 to $175 since this morning so I guess the seller is motivated. Also has an identical one with a 50cm frame for the same price.

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I ended up finding a buyer. I wanna say I sold it for 150. I don't remember
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