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Just a couple pics of a Miyata 912 I fixed up, and have been riding a lot lately.

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Just a couple pics of a Miyata 912 I fixed up, and have been riding a lot lately.

Old 09-28-21, 08:58 AM
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Just a couple pics of a Miyata 912 I fixed up, and have been riding a lot lately.





1987 Miyata 912

The frame was in cosmetically great condition when I got it. But it looked like it had been crashed or hit somehow—bent down tube shifter on the right side, bent up derailleurs, wheels way out of true. Also had a bunch of rusty bits, and needed all consumables replaced. I had a bunch of Ultegra parts I picked up off Craigslist for amazingly cheap which had been looking for a bike, so I built the bike up with those. That set came with STI shifters, which I have, but I really like the simplicity of down tube shifters. Anyway, just figured I'd share—I have been really enjoying riding it.
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Have you ever used foot retention, like clips and straps? Once you start, you'll never go back. It's like you're in the bike rather than merely on it.
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Nice bike! I've got a modified '86. These are very nice riding bikes.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Have you ever used foot retention, like clips and straps? Once you start, you'll never go back. It's like you're in the bike rather than merely on it.
I have used both straps and clipless pedals/shoes. Never cared for toe straps, but I used clipless pedals for years which I really like! In the past few years though, I've developed arthritis in my right foot (specifically the big toe joint), and it has severely limited my footwear selection. It's taken me a while to even find good everyday footwear, let alone cycling shoes. The biggest issue is the toe box. Anything that constricts my toes exacerbates the pain from the arthritis. I've tried a few clipless shoes since, but no luck so far, and it gets expensive to keep buying and trying new ones (especially since I've also been doing this with regular footwear too).

But I'm with you, I do prefer, and miss, being connected to the pedals.
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Nice refurb.
My first quality road bike was an '87 912. I loved that thing- definitely not the lightest, but it was plenty stiff and the geometry made for easy steering. I eventually updated it with some older Ultegra 9sp STI shifters and it was absolutely more capable than I needed.
I eventually moved it along since it was a couple cm too small and I wanted to find options that were more properly fit for me. If they made a 65cm frame, I would for sure have one hanging in my garage right now.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Nice refurb.
My first quality road bike was an '87 912. I loved that thing- definitely not the lightest, but it was plenty stiff and the geometry made for easy steering. I eventually updated it with some older Ultegra 9sp STI shifters and it was absolutely more capable than I needed.
I eventually moved it along since it was a couple cm too small and I wanted to find options that were more properly fit for me. If they made a 65cm frame, I would for sure have one hanging in my garage right now.
Yeah, it is not the lightest or fastest bike I've ridden, but it's definitely not slow. It's more comfortable than my lighter faster bike, and I just like it, which makes me want to ride it more.
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Another big 912 fan here, although my ‘79 (bought new) started out with 27” wheels. That was actually beneficial since it translates to more tire clearance as the bike has gone through major changes, especially figuring out how to make it a better fit to my odd proportions. It was temporarily (for more than a decade!) replaced with a smaller-framed Klein. Sure glad I came back to it. Many pics here:

https://dfrost.smugmug.com/Bicycles/...wesome-Photos/
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Originally Posted by drewfio View Post
I have used both straps and clipless pedals/shoes... I do prefer, and miss, being connected to the pedals.
You might try a mountain bike pedal with pins. I had knee trouble with SPDS, in spite of professional fittings. I've found that pin pedals give a very positive connection.
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The ONLY beef I have for late '80s Miyatas is the 'hidden' brake cable routing through the toptube. Great if you only ride on nice days, but a bit of a problem with possible water intrusion into the frame on rainy days. That's why I like my '86 Miyata 710...


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Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
The ONLY beef I have for late '80s Miyatas is the 'hidden' brake cable routing through the toptube. Great if you only ride on nice days, but a bit of a problem with possible water intrusion into the frame on rainy days. That's why I like my '86 Miyata 710...


Nice bike! I didn't realize the cable routing let water in. I've only ridden this one through nice weather and a slight drizzle, and my other bike, which has seen more wet riding, has external routing. I do like the internal routing quite a bit though, for aesthetics, but also when carrying the bike not having to handle/worry about tugging on the brake cable.
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Originally Posted by John Nolan View Post
You might try a mountain bike pedal with pins. I had knee trouble with SPDS, in spite of professional fittings. I've found that pin pedals give a very positive connection.
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I have two sets of Velo Orange pedals, both with pins—the touring pedals in the photo, and their chunky (and a bit heavy) Sabot pedals. I haven't had any slipping issues with either, but yeah, I don't feel as connected through the stroke as when I used to clip in. I have not used mountain-specific flat pedals, is there a model you like in particular?
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I quite like the Race Face Chesters.
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I quite like the Race Face Chesters.
Oh, it looks like they are pretty affordable. I think I'll give them a try. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by drewfio View Post
I have used both straps and clipless pedals/shoes. Never cared for toe straps, but I used clipless pedals for years which I really like! In the past few years though, I've developed arthritis in my right foot (specifically the big toe joint), and it has severely limited my footwear selection. It's taken me a while to even find good everyday footwear, let alone cycling shoes. The biggest issue is the toe box. Anything that constricts my toes exacerbates the pain from the arthritis. I've tried a few clipless shoes since, but no luck so far, and it gets expensive to keep buying and trying new ones (especially since I've also been doing this with regular footwear too).

But I'm with you, I do prefer, and miss, being connected to the pedals.
Nice bike and really like the classic old apartment trim

checkout the lake cx328 in wide (sizing is bit difficult) for a shoe with a big toe box (pricy)

beyond that if you need spot stretching (I do because of a bunionette) this is super helpful https://smile.amazon.com/FootFitter-...3111895&sr=8-5
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