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Old 10-13-21, 06:56 PM
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Restoration of a Miyata 1000

Here are some pics of me restoring a Miyata 1000lt. I just stripped and applied rust proofing tonight. As far as I know itís all original:









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The Miyata 1000 is a must have for any vintage touring bicycle collection. Ive been looking for a Minty Mid 80s version in the 60cm size for a long time. I made the mistake of passing on a couple.

Its going to be a great build.

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Looking forward to this one! All 1000ís are awesome but Iím really keen on the later models.
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My very first "real" bike was a Miyata, so they hold a very special place in my heart. It was a 1983 Pro-Miyata. Mine was built up with Dura-Ace AX 6-speed. Does anyone remember that group? My next bike was a 1984 TEAM-Miyata with full Dura-Ace EX 6 speed. I still have and ride them occasionally. You really "feel" the vintageness of these bikes with those components but still, it's fun to relive old memories. I also have a 1990 TEAM-Miyata that I built up with DA-7700 9-speed - 7400 DA would have been the group originally specced on that frame. Even now, it feels very modern and I have no problem taking it out for hours on end. All great bikes, you can't go wrong with the higher-end Miyata frames. I can't speak to any of the entry-level frames.
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Originally Posted by jjhabbs View Post
The Miyata 1000 is a must have for any vintage touring bicycle collection. Ive been looking for a Minty Mid 80s version in the 60cm size for a long time. I made the mistake of passing on a couple.

Its going to be a great build.

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You have that mint Team Miyata though
A quick ebay search shows people want stupid money for 1000LT's.
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I'd like to see this built with a modern 105 groupo and a nice strong set of alloy wheels (black rim). What are you gonna do with it ?
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Yikes! Has that bike every been on the road? It's in beautiful shape. I'm looking forward to your progress.

I need to be sure I never park any of mine next to yours.
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You have that mint Team Miyata though
A quick ebay search shows people want stupid money for 1000LT's.
Yeah. They are asking big doh. HOwever in reality try purchasing a newer custom steel touring bike. You'll be HUGE money. I like my Pro Miyata but I retro-mod'd it. I would like a 81 or 82 Team that's minty!

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Yikes, I read "stripped" and "rustproofing" and thought you had stripped off that beautiful original paint 😅 ripper looking frame mate, keen to see it come together
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Close I bet

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I'd like to see this built with a modern 105 groupo and a nice strong set of alloy wheels (black rim). What are you gonna do with it ?
Not positive, but I believe in another post that this gentleman has an 89 model of the 1000 which may be this one. If so many bits are 1050/1051 which are 105ish if Iím not mistaken. The 89 was also the first year with a 7 speed cassette on 135mm spacing. Also it had black accents including the strong rims. I have an 89, but would not park it next to this one either.
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Very nicely done and great photos. What year (if you know)? I got my wife an '81 about 3 years back, and it was fine until it got transported from Baltimore - Cincinnati on a crappy winter day on a hitch rack. Had to strip and repaint it, but the result pales in comparison.
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Would have given a 'LIKE' but I can't find the button. Nice job!
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Hey All,
Thanks for the kind words. I feel very fortunate to have found this bike. I had been searching for the better part of 3 years before those one showed up. For clarification, by strip I meant take off all of the components and clean behind then re-lube.

I want to keep this build as close factory stock original as possible, so I only changed the grease and brake cables. AFAIK the only thing missing is the toe straps from the pedals.

This bike is currently available in c&v marketplace. This is my 4th Miyata 1000 and by far the nicest. It still has feelers on the original tires and the tires are road worthy.

I have a new set of tires and tubes I will be adding and I still have to adjust the headset. Then Iím going to take it for a spin.

Iíll probably sell it but it makes me smile every time I look at it. And it doesnít eat so what the hell 😂




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A very nice specimen indeed! My Two Ten isn’t nearly as high on the Miyata “food chain” but approaches the level of “pristine-ness” of the OP’s! I’m always on the lookout for another Miyata and would love a 1000. Current crazy prices make me pause tho.
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BTW, looks like an 89 to me.
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Yes it does

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BTW, looks like an 89 to me.
As I mentioned 89 had the freehub and 7 speed and indexed shifting of course. These also had the Shimano SLR brakes which are very nice. 700c tires with lots of clearance too. Perhaps that is why the crazy prices as it has the craftsmanship along with some useful industry advancements.
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Right, I missed you comment.
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I’m curious as to the purpose of the flattened wire-like loop in the middle of the drive side chainstay?
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Iím curious as to the purpose of the flattened wire-like loop in the middle of the drive side chainstay?
Protects the chainstay from the chain.
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Protects the chainstay from the chain.
Thanks, mostly see the long thin pads that cover the top surface of the chainstay. How well does the wire loop type work?
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Maybe to keep the chain from slapping the chainstay?
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Protection but interference

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Iím curious as to the purpose of the flattened wire-like loop in the middle of the drive side chainstay?
Also having an 89 LT I can comment on the chainstay protector wire loop. It does protect the chainstay but also creates some minor annoyances. When on the small chainring, and shifting to increasingly smaller rear gears, the chain can easily start banging off of the loop in an irritating way. Of course, small/small should be avoided. This is also exacerbated by the oval biopace chainrings, and the 28 small is VERY oval. Proper rd function and chainlength is a must, and even then, at certain cadences the chain can get a rhythmic bounce.

Switching to a smaller front ring to get a lower low gear also can be a problem. I put on a 24 tooth and with proper chain length, I can use 5 out the 7 on the rear cluster and avoid the chain hitting that protector. It is probably a good indicator either way of a proper setup so as not to have such a slack chain in the first place. Before putting on that 24 ring, be warned that the FD wonít really accommodate it as I found out. There are posts about that here.
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Originally Posted by hose View Post
I'd like to see this built with a modern 105 groupo and a nice strong set of alloy wheels (black rim).
Historically, M1000s were loaded with a mix of top and 2nd from top of the line stuff- and they kind of went back and forth on stuff. In 87 it was specced with 600 and XT, in 1990 it was specced with 600 and DX. A bunch of the parts on my 1990 were chewed up and replaced, so I decided I was going to go with M900 XTR/M730 XT/DX/MT-62 Deore and IRD brake levers. It turned out pretty cool. (I keep saying I'm going to swap out the cage on the XTR derailleur with an M735 cage... but...)

If you have the intention of using an M1000 as some sort of tourer you would need a more purpose driven gear set than a modern road set would include- specifically the low end. If you throw a road group on it, the bike is really too heavy and lax for that type of riding. It's not light and lively- but it's what it needs to be to haul a load all day. The beauty of the old frames- ESPECIALLY the STB Miyata touring frames is that they're sturdy, stiff, beastly frames- without being excessively heavy. The "Luxe Touring" iteration throws down some of the best components of the day- XT and 600 and Deore/DX shaving of weight and increasing cachet. If you look today, the big tourers are rolling with Sora- and the frames are tanks. There's not even the attempt to make them luxurious, prestige laden machines like the M1000LT was.
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Historically, M1000s were loaded with a mix of top and 2nd from top of the line stuff- and they kind of went back and forth on stuff. In 87 it was specced with 600 and XT, in 1990 it was specced with 600 and DX. A bunch of the parts on my 1990 were chewed up and replaced, so I decided I was going to go with M900 XTR/M730 XT/DX/MT-62 Deore and IRD brake levers. It turned out pretty cool. (I keep saying I'm going to swap out the cage on the XTR derailleur with an M735 cage... but...)

If you have the intention of using an M1000 as some sort of tourer you would need a more purpose driven gear set than a modern road set would include- specifically the low end. If you throw a road group on it, the bike is really too heavy and lax for that type of riding. It's not light and lively- but it's what it needs to be to haul a load all day. The beauty of the old frames- ESPECIALLY the STB Miyata touring frames is that they're sturdy, stiff, beastly frames- without being excessively heavy. The "Luxe Touring" iteration throws down some of the best components of the day- XT and 600 and Deore/DX shaving of weight and increasing cachet. If you look today, the big tourers are rolling with Sora- and the frames are tanks. There's not even the attempt to make them luxurious, prestige laden machines like the M1000LT was.
Nice bit of information ^^^ Thank you. Here is my all original 91' 1000LT

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