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Old 02-10-19, 05:15 PM
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Miyata 310

What do you think about this geisha-bike?
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Old 02-10-19, 06:06 PM
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That looks like about a 1985 310. They were a nice entry-level sport touring bike, or "semi-pro" in Miyata's catalog. They were better than recreational bikes, but below all out race bikes. I have had a 310 since 1984 and still ride it regularly in addition to my newer bikes.
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Old 02-10-19, 07:15 PM
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That's in nice condition!
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Old 02-11-19, 12:42 AM
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Geisha-bike? Are there male geishas?
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+1, it's a 1985 Miyata 310. I'd classify it a very low mid-range model for the era., just above entry level. The frameset is Miyata's proprietary triple butted CrMo with Mangalight stays and forks. The derailleurs are 1st generation Shimano 105 (aka Golden Arrow). Most of the other components are a step down. Unfortunately, the rims, while aluminum, are 27" U-section Araya 18, as opposed to lighter, stronger, 700C, box section rims. Weight should be ~25 lbs and original MSRP about $325.

I'd rank the condition as average or slightly lower. The saddle and handlebar tape are torn. Tyres are worn out. Numerous paint scratches and chips. Lots of drivetrain grease and dirt.. The owner does not know how to fasten a quick release skewer, which is never a good sign. In short, this will require a complete overhaul and probably needs replacement of most consumables. Miyata are great bicycles provided they have not been abused or worn out but this one shows enough of each, that it would be a sub-$100 bicycle to me.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
+1, it's a 1985 Miyata 310. I'd classify it a very low mid-range model for the era., just above entry level. The frameset is Miyata's proprietary triple butted CrMo with Mangalight stays and forks. The derailleurs are 1st generation Shimano 105 (aka Golden Arrow). Most of the other components are a step down. Unfortunately, the rims, while aluminum, are 27" U-section Araya 18, as opposed to lighter, stronger, 700C, box section rims. Weight should be ~25 lbs and original MSRP about $325.

I'd rank the condition as average or slightly lower. The saddle and handlebar tape are torn. Tyres are worn out. Numerous paint scratches and chips. Lots of drivetrain grease and dirt.. The owner does not know how to fasten a quick release skewer, which is never a good sign. In short, this will require a complete overhaul and probably needs replacement of most consumables. Miyata are great bicycles provided they have not been abused or worn out but this one shows enough of each, that it would be a sub-$100 bicycle to me.

... so you're saying it's got potential... 😉
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
+1, it's a 1985 Miyata 310. I'd classify it a very low mid-range model for the era., just above entry level. The frameset is Miyata's proprietary triple butted CrMo with Mangalight stays and forks. The derailleurs are 1st generation Shimano 105 (aka Golden Arrow). Most of the other components are a step down. Unfortunately, the rims, while aluminum, are 27" U-section Araya 18, as opposed to lighter, stronger, 700C, box section rims. Weight should be ~25 lbs and original MSRP about $325.

I'd rank the condition as average or slightly lower. The saddle and handlebar tape are torn. Tyres are worn out. Numerous paint scratches and chips. Lots of drivetrain grease and dirt.. The owner does not know how to fasten a quick release skewer, which is never a good sign. In short, this will require a complete overhaul and probably needs replacement of most consumables. Miyata are great bicycles provided they have not been abused or worn out but this one shows enough of each, that it would be a sub-$100 bicycle to me.
Finally, I bought this 310 by the equivalent of $ 100, cause it is a rare bike here. So I decided to restore that very dirty girl. Consumables, a new chain, deep cleaning and fitting, took $ 150. I replaced the handlebar tape by myself and restored saddle with modelling rubber. Its worn out nameplates "Mundialitá" were repainted. I restored the big scratchs (2) and left the little ones, as natural scars or patina, and applied a water-repelent on all the frame. Now this 33 years-$250 old lady goes wherever I say. I m not to sure my wife does...
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
Are there male geishas?
Don't act like you don't know the taikomochi. Sure, it's a 1 in a 1,000 chance, but he's still out there. All it takes is grace, charm, and tenderness. Good luck!

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