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Explain to me the mystique of Miyata please

Old 09-04-22, 07:39 PM
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My 1980 Miyata 912, it's a notch below the 1200 and two notches below the Pro. It's my second 912, the first was a 1982 that was stolen after 8 years of faithful service...

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So the Triple Cross was outfitted with dreadful Shimano 300LX and 400LX componentry. The rear wheel had been replaced with an equivalent level no named hub/Alex Rims double walled job, the tires (WTB) are in pretty good shape, the shifters had been replaced with some newer, low level 7 speed integrated brake/trigger lever units that with some lube and clean came right up to snuff. The headset is in not the greatest condition but since I don't have anything to replace it with, it got a lube and adjustment. The BB was destroyed, a Shimano cup 'n cone unit, so I replaced it with a sealed cartridge piece I had. All the parts that got replaced came from my parts bins, so all these upgrades cost nothing so far.

And now for the stem. I know the color is hideous, and I had considered rattle canning it black, but I'm afraid even if I did a decent job, in time it'll get all scratched up and look worse than it does now. It does put the bars an appropriate distance from the saddle, but they are a bit lower than I'd like. Riser bars can help with that but I'm fresh out. Maybe a trip to the Collective will cough up a decent stem.... I thought the bar ends could give him a different hand position for comfort. Plus I think straight bars look stupid without them.
So I just need to cable and chain it up, tune it in, and he'll be set.

When my brother in law started asking about bikes, he basically said he wanted "the Honda Accord of bikes", one that would be durable, efficient, comfortable, and last him long enough to get into shape enough he could justify buying something a little more flashy. I immediately thought a vintage hybrid fit the description to a tee. Hopefully this old Miyata will rise to the occasion.
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I replaced everything on mine except the seatpost.
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It's not about mystique, it's about quality control. Miyata has mastered the art (science, really) of building bikes exactly to specifications. All of them.

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Not sure what it is.

Quality of finish for sure. Plus my 512 just seems so eager to go! I would ride it a lot more if it fit me better. It's a 60cm and just a bit too big. It has 600 tri color on it.
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If I were restricted to only one bike it would be my somewhat-modified Triplecross:

You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.

(looking for a picture and not seeing it? Thank the Photobucket fiasco.PM me and I'll link it up.)
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A trip to the bicycle collective and we now have a more appropriate stem:

Cabled up; just need a chain. This is starting to become something. Hopefully the brother in law will like it!
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I was going to reply with a few photos of some fine Miyata products, but I need to write 10 posts before I can upload.
They are all great bikes :

1981 Team Miyata
1982/83 Pro Miyata
1982 Koga Miyata Gentsracer Aeroluxe
1983 Miyata 1200
1985/86 Team Miyata
1987 Miyata 710
1988 Miyata 312
1989 MIyata Triple-cross
1992 Miyata Alumicross

It's a good habit and I have managed to get a dozen other friends to get some steel ones too - a few orange 912s, Pros, team models

some pics on instagram @nonchalantpedaler
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