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My first vintage MTB, 1984 Miyata Terra Runner

Old 07-18-21, 06:54 PM
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My first vintage MTB, 1984 Miyata Terra Runner

Picture here: flic. kr/s/aHsmWdDy9f , my first out 10 post.

Got it off Kijiji with 100CAD yesterday, pretty proud.
I think the parts are all stock except for saddle and panier rack, I rode it today, shift pretty well, same with brakes.

spec page: 4.bp.blogspot. com/_whtVpXkKwlQ/R1oSzOqjMgI/AAAAAAAAAJk/Jv4csPahx6U/s1600/img076.jpg

However, I'm brand new to biking, so I'm looking for some advice what to do with a new acquired vintage bike, it looks pretty clean (been sitting in garage) so I'm wondering if I should take it to a bike shop for check up, or I can do it myself for a good start into biking.
One problem is frame is a bit large, fit me with the saddle in the lowest position, but I'm not sure if that's the source of pain, or should I get a new saddle.
I read from somewhere the frame can be used for anything and the stock gear and rims are good.

If it's too big, I might consider sell for part, to fund my Raleigh Twenty project, probably will post about it soon
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Old 07-19-21, 05:14 AM
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Good Morning. I would recommend cleaning everything you can and wiping down the frame with some lemon pledge.

if you’re unfamiliar with bike mechanics I would strongly recommend taking it to a shop for a tuneup. It probably needs to get some new grease in the bearings but unless you’re going to start riding over say 5-10 miles every day I’d wait a few weeks on that until you get a few miles on it and maybe the shop isn’t as busy.
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Old 07-19-21, 07:28 PM
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Thanks for your respond.
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Ok, I'm a slow learner. How do I get to see the photos?

I owned a Miyata Ridge Runner in the 80's in the Army and would like one one day to complete the circle. Not sure what the pecking order was for Miyatas?
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Ok, I'm a slow learner. How do I get to see the photos?


OP's Album.
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You're not allowed to change anything on that except tyres and brake pads.
That saddle.....lol
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I owned a Miyata Ridge Runner in the 80's in the Army and would like one one day to complete the circle. Not sure what the pecking order was for Miyatas?
Miyata Catalogues @ ragandbone.ca.

For 1985 and 1986, the "pecking order" for the MTBs started with the Ridge Runner as the flagship model, then the Terra Runner, then the other models. The Ridge Runner had a full chromoly frame and Deore XT components; the Terra Runner, a chromoly-mostly frame with Suntour components.

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That's a big bike. How tall are you?
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Nice bike! More excited about your R20 project though!
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That's a big bike. How tall are you?
Im not familiar to the NA metric, I'm 178 in cm so I guess thats 5'11''
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You're not allowed to change anything on that except tyres and brake pads.
That saddle.....lol
^^ Does this mean all parts are good? Sorry I'm bad at English lol.
Yes I recognize the saddle is a little bit sad, will probably look for a cheap but smaller saddle . Yesterday I saw that the brake pads are still good but what do you recommend.
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Originally Posted by dkitten View Post
Im not familiar to the NA metric, I'm 178 in cm so I guess thats 5'11''
It looks a bit big for you...make sure you can make it fit okay before you put too much into it.
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