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Old 05-02-18, 04:03 PM
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Miyata LT

I traded an original stump jumper for a miyata lt frame 89 I think, maybe 92?. My size. I already have a lugged velo orange touring bike, a trek 520(91) I have a soma stanyan, and a schwinn cimarron. I have the touring bike angle covered.

I was not sure how to build up the miyata. traditional touring style bar ends, deore components, or around town nimble grocery getter with a double chain ring and campy chorus.

Currently it has a campy headset, original canti brakes and that is it. I have parts to build her up. I was thinking about tektro v brakes, I have two deore triple crank sets. Both are nice but one is biospace and I was curious about this crank for touring. I do not have the number of teeth handy, but I know it has a decently sized small gear for hills. I have microshifters for 9 speeds. I also have 8 speed campy chorus. It is for a double chain ring though. Part of me wanted to put campy on it because the headset is campy and because I have it lying around. The other part of me feels I should build this into the perfect touring bike. I am dying to build it up, but I already have bikes I am in love with. I will eventually sell, so I guess my question is which build type will appeal more to the masses; a touring bike as original as possible, an upgraded touring bike, or a townie with campy chorus.

This miyata is gray and yellow. Real good looking and the decals are in great shape. Not sure which direction to go. I may just leave it alone. But the bike is calling me to put it together. I would also like to maximize the profit.

Should I go to ebay and post the frame? Not sure I want the hassle. I like putting them together and then finding them a good home. But I also like profit.
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Old 05-02-18, 06:39 PM
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Building frames up is best suited for someone with a pile of parts, tools, workshop, etc.

best profit move is to just sell the frame. So if itís about money go no fiurther and sell it. I sold an LT frameset last year for what to me was serious money on eBay
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Old 05-03-18, 01:34 AM
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Thrifty bill. You have helped me twice now. I appreciate it. I think you are right. ebay could be the answer for this guy. I hate to build it up and not use it.I have never sold through ebay. I think I need to take the plunge. That means I can take the campy headset. I have a lemond frame that needs a headset.
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Miyata continually improved their 1000 touring bike and the LT version was the best. Include the brake calipers with the frame. Read up on packing and do it right! Be sure to get delivery signature!
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Originally Posted by 36Chambers View Post
I was not sure how to build up the miyata. traditional touring style bar ends, deore components, or around town nimble grocery getter with a double chain ring and campy chorus.

Currently it has a campy headset, original canti brakes and that is it. I have parts to build her up. I was thinking about tektro v brakes, I have two deore triple crank sets. Both are nice but one is biospace and I was curious about this crank for touring. I do not have the number of teeth handy, but I know it has a decently sized small gear for hills. I have microshifters for 9 speeds. I also have 8 speed campy chorus. It is for a double chain ring though. Part of me wanted to put campy on it because the headset is campy and because I have it lying around. The other part of me feels I should build this into the perfect touring bike. I am dying to build it up, but I already have bikes I am in love with. I will eventually sell, so I guess my question is which build type will appeal more to the masses; a touring bike as original as possible, an upgraded touring bike, or a townie with campy chorus.

This miyata is gray and yellow. Real good looking and the decals are in great shape. Not sure which direction to go. I may just leave it alone. But the bike is calling me to put it together. I would also like to maximize the profit.

Should I go to ebay and post the frame? Not sure I want the hassle. I like putting them together and then finding them a good home. But I also like profit.
My opinion- the amount of money, parts, and your time that you invest in a bike like this- unless it's spectacular and you get a spectacular price- you're losing. Problem with trying to go "spectacular" in terms of upgrading- is that everyone's ideas of 'ultimate' is so different. So, if you're selling- clean it up, go stock as possible- and if you replace anything, replace it with something that is high quality (especially on this bike) and aesthetically integrated.

My Miyata 1000 LT is an 1990. I used some of the original parts- the highlight of the stock parts (IMO- for mine) are the brakes and the wheels. I used XTR and XT where possible- I do want to have the longer cage on the XTR derailleur.




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


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


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


I think the 1990 Miyata 1000 LT is about the most perfect cross between the Grand Touring bikes of the mid 1980s and the more modern "expedition" touring bikes of today. My Miyata is much more stiff feels more "burly" than any of my other tourers.

If your Miyata 1000 LT is one of the MIJ lugged models, it's your size and it's in nice shape- it really may be more unique and special (as well as more 'collectable' and 'desirable') than your other tourers.
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Old 07-27-18, 02:02 AM
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An update. I built this bike up for my father. I put a shimano deore biopace 48-38-28 11-32 in the back. I put on micro shift bar ends, ultegra derailleur for rear, deore triple in the front. I threw on a semi broken in brooks saddle, brooks yellow synthetic bar tape, I left the cantilevers that came with it and the levers are shimano.

My uncle road across country and convinced my dad he needed to work out. I built him this beauty after all is said and done.
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Originally Posted by 36Chambers View Post
An update. I built this bike up for my father. I put a shimano deore biopace 48-38-28 11-32 in the back. I put on micro shift bar ends, ultegra derailleur for rear, deore triple in the front. I threw on a semi broken in brooks saddle, brooks yellow synthetic bar tape, I left the cantilevers that came with it and the levers are shimano.

My uncle road across country and convinced my dad he needed to work out. I built him this beauty after all is said and done.
Pics? Sounds like a nice destination for this bike, and kudos for encouraging your dad to ride.
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Old 07-27-18, 07:02 PM
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here it is.
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Old 07-27-18, 07:13 PM
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here it is.

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Old 07-28-18, 06:47 AM
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Nice build, love the color combo too. Glad you figured out what to do with it!
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lucky dad!
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