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Old 05-03-14, 12:58 PM
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Miyata Two-Ten

85 IIRC Miyata Two-Ten. Changed seat, post, and grips to period correct but slightly better stuff. Changed levers, bars, brake pads, tires, and cables to new stuff. New Dia-Compe's for now because the once common vintage red dot ones cost too much. Added front rack to match rear -- from Panasonic/Schwinn Voyageur I think. Miyata branded vintage grips. Rando bars swapped with cheap but nice Linus bars.

These are relatively cheap but good-quality sleepers. For lugged touring bikes anyway. Fun to customize without feeling guilty.


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Old 05-03-14, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by artclone View Post

Great Miyata 210! I've sometimes thought about re-purposing mine from a rando bike to something like yours:


And while I'm at it, my new Fuji S12-S LTD (recently posted in the Fuji thread):
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Old 05-03-14, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by bear_a_bug View Post
Great Miyata 210! I've sometimes thought about re-purposing mine from a rando bike to something like yours:


And while I'm at it, my new Fuji S12-S LTD (recently posted in the Fuji thread):

That's the nicest S12 I've seen. Wow. Your Two-Ten is awesome too. I like my rack but it doesn't have the light mounts like yours. I'm trying to figure out how to clamp something on the side.
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Old 05-03-14, 05:50 PM
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Thanks! The Fuji was picked up from the original owner who rode it around during college back in the early 80's, then bought himself a lesser-quality Fuji Grand Tourer (apparently he had really wanted a black bike instead!) for the duration of the 80's, so this one mostly sat around after he had already upgraded it with Mavic ME2 rims and Shimano 600 derailleurs.

I got lucky with the rack on the 210. It was a take-off from one of those Randonneuring-style Electras. Got it from my LBS for $15!
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Old 05-03-14, 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by bear_a_bug View Post
I got lucky with the rack on the 210. It was a take-off from one of those Randonneuring-style Electras. Got it from my LBS for $15!
btw -
I always call these Two-Tens because that's what Miyata calls them on the bike and in catalogs but also because all the earlier (and "210" branded) Miyatas were different beasts, lacking the "touring" features like canti brakes, granny gear, etc.
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Old 05-04-14, 02:19 AM
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Here is my Japanese Bike:



1983 Nishiki Cresta
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Old 11-12-14, 09:55 PM
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Here is my Japanese Bike:



1983 Nishiki Cresta
Just looked through the thread dedicated to this bike. What a build! Wish I had the dough to do something similar with my Trek.
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Old 11-13-14, 06:18 AM
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1983 Takara Highlander. Possibly built by Kuwahara/Kuwamara and shares the same serial number format as 80's Bianchi's. I got it for a song on Craigslist and other than having a heavy, plastic BMX rear wheel, I think it's all original. Takagi crankset, Dia-Compe cantis, Suntour Mountech derailleurs, Suntour thumb shifters, pseudo-bullmoose handlebar and one of those crazy adjustable seatposts with like 4" of fore-aft adjustment. I've added a lot of more modern parts from my parts bin but the original bike cost me less than one of those Schwalbe Big Apple tires that are now on it.


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Old 11-13-14, 06:36 AM
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1983 Takara Highlander. Possibly built by Kuwahara/Kuwamara and shares the same serial number format as 80's Bianchi's.

Just looking at that makes me feel more relaxed...
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Old 11-13-14, 10:16 AM
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Just looking at that makes me feel more relaxed...
LOL. To my surprise, I can't get enough of this bike. I've always ridden bikes with 73 degree seat angles and head angles between 71.5 and 73 degrees. This thing likely has a 70 seat angle and 67.5 head angle. I've read a lot of Grant Petersen's writing and his advocacy of slacker angles (slacker than modern but way higher than this old bike) but this is my first experience with it. It's probably a combination of factors that makes me like it but I've set this up as a single-speed with one brake and it's the only bike I'm riding right now. My new $1600 bike is gathering dust.
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Old 11-14-14, 01:09 PM
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Here is my just completed restoration of my '84 Star Silver Fuji Del Rey that I got for a great deal. I rode it for the first time yesterday and it instantly has become one of my preferred rides.

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Old 11-24-14, 09:14 AM
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Just picked this up from CL and completely worked it over. Pretty sure it is an '84 model. It is pretty much original except for my Brooks and PD520s. I did keep the original saddle.

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Old 11-24-14, 09:37 AM
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My 1964 Bridgestone randonneur bike that I bought when I was stationed in Japan in 1964-65. It had Huret derailleurs, Weinmann brakes and a Wright leather saddle.



This is an ad for a similar 1967 model.



Before picture of my 1977 Centurion Ironman Expert. I bought dirt cheap without wheels or saddle to use as a wet weather beater. It had been rode hard and put away wet (salt water) by a tri guy. The seat post was completely frozen in. Took 2 hours to cut it out.



The radar array tri-bars were the first thing to go.



Here's my almost new 1976 Centurion Ironman Expert frame that I should assemble one of these days.




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Mid 1980's dx 4000
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I love a good bike porn thread! I have a yen (sorry couldn't resist) for Japanese bikes and own and ride a few. Here is my 1993 Bridgestone RB-1, 1993 Bridgestone XO-2, and 1991 Team Specialized:

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Here's another Takara Highlander, vintage unknown. Picked it up a couple weeks ago and haven't had a chance to do anything yet. It's getting a full servicing and detailing but will remain largely original.

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86 Team Fuji

So happy to have snagged this one!
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Nice looking '86 Team Fuji!!

I have an '85 Fuji Del Rey that is in almost mint condition for being 30 years old... All I need to do is swap out the Kenda K161 'Cross tires that the college kid (previous owner) had put on. I mean, it was okay for him, I guess... as he had to ride all around on cobblestone streets downtown at the campus. But for me, I don't see myself going off road with it. With the K161's being 27" x 1 3/8 and 70 psi, they are a S-L-O-W tire... I'm looking at the Panaracer Pasela as a replacement.
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Another chance to show off a few bikes!! YES...

Miyata 1000



Team Miyata



Zunow Hummingbird

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1981 Fuji S-12-S

It is an 18-speed, but they called it the "S-12-S" anyway. Put a leather saddle on it, Pleitscher rear rack, touring bags, SKS fenders, bell, frame pump, water bottle cage with stainless steel bottle, bar-end mirror, stainless steel chain stay protector, and 1" Pasella TourGuards on it. The rest is original. Great riding bike, and totally hassle free on the maintenance/reliability side. Consumer Reports even gave the S-12-S a stellar report "back in the day". I can go 50+ miles on this with ease. I keep this one clean and shiny...it glistens! I have had about a half dozen S-10-S Special Road Racers, S-12-S's , and Royales since I was a kid. Not to mention one half dozen other Fujis. Still waiting to find a Fuji America in my size at a decent price. Everybody should own at least one Fuji!
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Old 07-31-15, 10:21 AM
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Been lurking a bit, this is my first post. I've found this forum to be a wealth of useful insight, so first of all, thank you. Right here, is my only bike, it's a 1979-1980 Soma japanese 10 speed road bike I purchased from a local charity. I made a few upgrades, but tried to keep it period correct for the most part. Really fun ride, and I think she's gorgeous. Don't laugh at the riser stem, I live in DC and want to keep my head up for traffic, but still have a drop option

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Old 07-31-15, 03:37 PM
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I'd completely forgotten about this thread, some really nice bikes in here. That Zunow really caught my eye. Love to have a Zunow one day.

Edit: Guess I might as well post my recently-completed '85 Pro Miyata:


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