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Old 09-30-09, 08:14 PM
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^And people wonder if carbon will ever be collectible. Very nice!

Edit: My date to the cult-illion:
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Old 09-30-09, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
The cult is large, insidious, fairly intelligent, and mostly well-meaning. They tend to travel in small groups, chatting about triple butts and Sugino stuff. Quite often, they are heavily accessorized. They've been known to detour for food and beverages, and are not at all secretive. Some of them know and admit their problem, while others are not cognizant of the situation. Others are in denial. They tend to repair their own, and sometimes speak in code, like "barcon, bb, and 27's."

They really don't seem concerned about "what everyone else is riding," and in the summer, have bugs in their teeth. Some seem to have tolerance for some Specialized riders.

Yeah, they're out there.
Well played, sir. Well played!
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Old 09-30-09, 08:34 PM
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^^ Nice setup. What sort of brakes levers and derailleurs are on there?
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Old 09-30-09, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
Miyatas are among the finest production bikes ever made...period.

Their cult status is well deserved and I hope to acquire a Miyata 1000 in the not to distant future.
+1 I couldn't even consider selling my 1000 unless it was for a select newer model 1000 in equal condition.

I've got to get some different photos of it with a better background.
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Old 09-30-09, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by djtyres View Post
Just was wondering how big the Miyata cult is....What else is out there in this forum?
I can personally account for 329.
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Old 09-30-09, 09:01 PM
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It would be interesting to get the perspective of someone who lives in Japan: are the Miyatas sold there still made domestically? Are they still the dominant company? Are they well regarded? Do they still produce a full line or have they specialized in a particular niche in the market? The Koga Miyata shows they still build at the high end.
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Old 10-01-09, 07:49 AM
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The thing I most hate about my Miyata 916 is also what I most like about it...

The previous owner tore off all of the decals and the head badge. It makes it a great under cover bike I can use as a commuter and feel less paranoid locking up, but it also makes it less preistine and beautiful. The paint job is PERFECT outside of the missing decals...and I've yet to find anyone who replicates them.
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Old 10-01-09, 07:50 AM
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Excuse typos.
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Old 10-01-09, 08:24 AM
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After considerable review, it seems the Miyata cult is only dangerous if you try to take their bikes. In other words, they'll give up their bikes when you "pry their dead, cold fingers" from them....this sounds like a lot like another issue...
...then again, the Miyata Tax is probably just around the corner.
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Old 10-01-09, 08:37 AM
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I won't be able to afford smoking while drinking regular coca cola on my Miyata anymore? I'm switching parties and joining the tea protestors.
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Old 10-01-09, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by CravenMoarhead View Post
^^ Nice setup. What sort of brakes levers and derailleurs are on there?
Thanks! The brake levers are a late model Shimano 600EX (#6209)...details on velobase:
http://velobase.com/ViewSingleCompon...e1ba8&Enum=118

(I was actually trying to replace the hoods on the original non-aero levers--also Shimano 600ex (6207 I think)--and I ended up finding these on ebay for $10-15 less than the hoods alone...so I upgraded...I guess.)

The rear derailleur is a Suntour XCD 6000 accushift (longest derailleur name evar), an "upgrade" by the first owner from the original Shimano Deerhead. Looks like this up close:


I don't use indexing on this, but it's flawless in friction mode.

The FD is the original Deerhead (old XT).
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Old 10-01-09, 09:31 AM
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And a quick shout out to the odd-ball glued-and-screwed Miyata MTB's. I have a clapped out Elevation 5000 that I keep reconfiguring since it is such a cool platform to build around.

Attached is a picture of it in its brief guise as a fixed gear. Sorry about the horrible stem, its all that I had sitting there that would fit at the time. Frame is currently in the rafters waiting to be reborn.
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Old 10-01-09, 12:01 PM
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Indeed screwed and glued!
I love my Miyata 1100a Alumitech road bike.
I've got it set up as a fixed gear bike (don't worry, didn't drew it or sell offf any parts)
not the prettiest lugs but very fast and light.
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Old 10-01-09, 03:35 PM
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I meet Mr. Miyata back in the late 80's. At the time the shop I worked at was one their biggest dealers.

I also owned a 1 of a kind Trail Runner from 1991. It was built to American specs but had a crazy Japanese paint scheme. They made only 1 in just a few sizes. I owned the 18" which my dumbass brother sold when I moved to Florida.
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Old 10-01-09, 05:30 PM
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I always like to show off my Miyata's:
Here is a 1992 1000LT and my wife's Sport ten that I upgrade to 12 and have also put on some weinmann wheels with campy high flange hubs and grip shifters and new bars (took all the steel off it,) nice and light now. On the 1000 I have also put on a Brooks B17 Honey with large rivets. I've also recently rebuilt/overhauled the 610 and sold it, (huge bike 64cm) and have just the other day picked up a beautiful small 210 (49cm) no picture it is a work in progress ie: I have it apart it is in top notch condition tho.







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Old 10-01-09, 06:09 PM
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Got one free today from co-worker, in real good shape just needs dusted off. Its a 82' Six-10


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Old 10-01-09, 06:55 PM
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Ive had this Seven Ten for a few months now and am officially in love. I'm looking for a touring model now too hehe...
BTW Miyata is still around, they merged with a Dutch company now called Koga-Miyata www.koga.com
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Old 10-01-09, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by djtyres View Post
Just was wondering how big the Miyata cult is.

I've heard it whispered they control most of Northern Michigan, with a secreted weapons cache well over 5 tons .... and thousands of them meditate all at the same time ... no, wait, that's those other cults!
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Old 10-01-09, 08:45 PM
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I bought one on a semi-whim. Found one on Craig's List. Talked the owner down from $350 to $275. Turns out it's one of the nicest bikes I've ever ridden.

1990 Alumitech 721A. I just love it. Component-wise, the only thing original is the front derailleur. It has a couple of quirks, but the frame is SOOO smooth. Who say's aluminum is harsh?!
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
After considerable review, it seems the Miyata cult is only dangerous if you try to take their bikes. In other words, they'll give up their bikes when you "pry their dead, cold fingers" from them....this sounds like a lot like another issue...

I have one for sale, a Team Miyata from the early 80's. Perhaps T-Mar would be so kind as to identify the year from the serial number. I got the bike in the early 80's and it was the last bike that I raced upon.
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Old 10-02-09, 03:13 AM
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As my avatar would indicate, I'm certainly part of the cult. My 310 is awesome, and I'm on the hunt for a Team or Pro model.
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I had a six ten that was literally pulled out of the trailer that was about to haul it to the dump. Unfortunately not my size. I have been looking for another six ten or a 1000 ever since. Beautiful bikes.
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Originally Posted by Citoyen du Monde View Post
I have one for sale, a Team Miyata from the early 80's. Perhaps T-Mar would be so kind as to identify the year from teh serial number....
1984. Looks like it just may be my size.
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T-mar...I'm going to the well again...any advice on where to go if I do want those decals for the 916? I've tried Jrestore, and he hasn't answered emails.
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Old 10-02-09, 10:58 AM
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1984. Looks like it just may be my size.
I got the frame at the end of the 1984 season (September or October) and if I remember correctly it had already been in stock for more than a whole year (delivered in the fall of 1983) and as a model had already been replaced by the 1985 version with the black head tube.

If you were to be interested, let me know. It would then be able to return to Canada ;-)
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