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Old 05-18-19, 10:17 AM
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Miyata 1000 Journey

I've always wanted to own a Miyata 1000. Considering how difficult it can be to obtain one, I have to say that I have been fortunate to come across a number of them.

My first one was a mid-80s 1000. At the time I didn't know much about bike maintenance and bought it for $100. Unfortunately, the frame was toast from a front end collision, but its parts proved to be very useful for other projects.



My second Miyata 1000 is an earlier make, but it was more of a sports tourer than anything else. When I bought it, I used up my savings from flipping bikes to purchase it. It was a weird feeling to combine rumours of how something rides with your actual experience. I was not disappointed. In fact, it led me on a journey to find a better riding bicycle which was hard to do. The only one that felt as nimble was a modern late 80s Nishiki International Touring bike. I still have randonneuring plans for this one.



So here is where I got lucky. I stumbled across a sale for another 1000 on Ebay. No bids for 2 days. To my surpise, it was local pickup, so I jumped at the opportunity.

This is a 1991 Miyata 1000 LT. 1 owner,who was a mechanic, took meticulous care of the frame. Aside from some dust, it's pretty much like-new with the addition of a new crankset and shifters.

The owner told me this bike cost him $1300 in 1991. It was his favourite bike. Unfortunately, old age impaired him to enjoy it further,so he left it hanging in the heated garage for some 20 years or so. He would occassionally ride it, but preferred his Terrarunner.

I haven't ridden the bike yet due to rain, but I plan on doing a head to head between my 1982 and 1991. It will be interesting to note the differences in ride quality.


I feel like I am done searching for bikes now. This was my ultimate end goal and my persistence paid off. I just want to sell my other bikes and keep these two plus the tandem I have.

Hope you guys like it!
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Cool bike. The green is my favorite color. I'd love to find one but Miyatas are just unobtanium around where I live.
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Your ride comparison between these two lovely but different 1000’s will be interesting. Will you be able to try both of them loaded as well as unloaded? Miyata lovers await your commentary!

And would you be so kind as to note the wheel and tire differences?

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Your ride comparison between these two lovely but different 1000’s will be interesting. Will you be able to try both of them loaded as well as unloaded? Miyata lovers await your commentary!

And would you be so kind as to note the wheel and tire differences?
Both bikes will have 700c tires. I converted the 82 into a 700c. The 91 has some Conti Top Touring 2000 tires and the 82 will have modern Pasela PT.

I only have rear Panniers atm so I can load them up with about 10 lb each. what do you prefer for a test?

I will be doing an unloaded test first. Granted, i don't keep up with the tech now to say what wattage I produced or whatever, but I will definitely observe for ride characteristics.
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Let's see some more pix of those bikes! Cause ups! Details!

How dow you have them built?

Do you have any secret plans for building them?


That front rack looks like it can bear the weight of a HEAVY front bag!
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