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Old 11-25-11, 12:14 AM
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Just got a Miyata 912 (need some advice)

Hey BF, Just purchased a miyata 912 on CL, it's in pretty rough shape but i think it would be a nice resto project for me. The bike appears to be orange but it is pretty faded from the sun and some of the components were pretty worked on from being outside for so long. It has Shimano 600 arabesque group, my brother offered me 80 dollars and a trade for all of it. I was thinking about giving it a new paint job and some different components, what do you guys think?
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Old 11-25-11, 12:33 AM
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My experience has been that any Miyata in any condition is worth a shot at restoring. However, Iíve gone down this glory-path before and it is an iffy proposition on the balance sheet unless you are in love with it and plan to keep and ride it for some time.

Some pictures of the condition of the bike are necessary, of course, to tell the condition, but I would have to say Ďnoí to the repaint being worth it. If the bike fits you and you can get the rather good quality 600 group to work for you; Iíd call it good and ride it.
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My experience has been that any Miyata in any condition is worth a shot at restoring. However, I’ve gone down this glory-path before and it is an iffy proposition on the balance sheet unless you are in love with it and plan to keep and ride it for some time.

Some pictures of the condition of the bike are necessary, of course, to tell the condition, but I would have to say ‘no’ to the repaint being worth it. If the bike fits you and you can get the rather good quality 600 group to work for you; I’d call it good and ride it.
+1 on everything said. If you can get this going, it's a great bike, but a restoration might not make sense.
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Not full restoration, just a fresh coat of paint and a few upgrades is all. I'm usually never interested in repainting a bike but the paint has really faded badly on it (almost looks pink) i can get some pics up of the frame tomorrow morning. The stem and seatpost are stuck in there still so i have to handle that tomorrow as well. What's a good color for this one? I was thinking maybe Grey?
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Orange is a good color for any bike.
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Hey Harry. I know the bike you are referring to if it's about a 25" frame. I went to look at it last week. Stuck seat post, rusty chain and spokes, needs tires, etc. It does look kind of pink. First thing, does it fit you? That's a big frame. If it does fit you perhaps you want to get it running and figure out what needs work/ replacing. Unless you just need a project, we can all understand that.

I know it was cheap so that's a good starting point. If you love the way it rides and want to keep it for a while paint it or powder coat. It can't hurt the value of the frame the way it is now.

Good luck with the seat post and stem. There are plenty of threads on how to tackle it. I would take the bottom bracket out, turn the bike upside down, put a bunch of PB Blaster down the seat tube so it soaks onto the post. Put the seat post in a vise and twist the frame. Your seat post will be slightly marred after that.
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I just got a Miyata and love it. I say clean her up, give her a good polish, and ride the hell out of it.
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Hey Harry. I know the bike you are referring to if it's about a 25" frame. I went to look at it last week. Stuck seat post, rusty chain and spokes, needs tires, etc. It does look kind of pink. First thing, does it fit you? That's a big frame. If it does fit you perhaps you want to get it running and figure out what needs work/ replacing. Unless you just need a project, we can all understand that.

I know it was cheap so that's a good starting point. If you love the way it rides and want to keep it for a while paint it or powder coat. It can't hurt the value of the frame the way it is now.

Good luck with the seat post and stem. There are plenty of threads on how to tackle it. I would take the bottom bracket out, turn the bike upside down, put a bunch of PB Blaster down the seat tube so it soaks onto the post. Put the seat post in a vise and twist the frame. Your seat post will be slightly marred after that.
Funny that you went to check it out, it is definately a handful, it does fit me btw i'm 6'1 and the other bikes i have are 63.5 and this one is a 62. I've been reading the threads on that so i blasted it with penetrating oil last night before i went to sleep. spray some more in there now as well. I think i just want a project it would be good for me right now. I'm not too worried about the value after i paint it because i have other bikes to sell. Thanks for the input homies! I'll get some more pics of it along the way but here is a few of the frame, it's hard to see the discoloration in the pics but it is really visible in person.





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I'm glad to see that you are diving right into it. I am sure it will be a great rider once you are all finished with it. I considered making it a project but ideally I ride a 60cm frame. Post some pics of the progress.
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Will do! I was thinking maybe painting it orange again but i'm really liking the gray idea. we'll see what happens...
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looks like a great project to me.

for kicks, you should try a little 2000 wet sandpaper on the top tube, followed some rubbing/polishing compound and then wax. who knows what might happen.
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Just removed everything from the bike! Got the post out and the stem, the paint on the steer tube is so nice i'm really bummed. I'll show you guys tomorrow.

I think i will make this build into a thread and show you guys how it goes along the way!
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It looks coral pink on my screen. I think that's cool and in a beach town, like you, a little (or a lot) of fading doesn't look so out of place. Have you looked at Rivendell bikes? Those things are easily $3k and the head guy there, Grant Peterson, loves his bikes to show "beausage," which is his own word for something that becomes (more) beautiful with usage. In particular, his ragged handlebar tape (a mixture of many colors accumulated over the years) is a good example of beausage. Just leave the frame as is and call it beausage. You may even revive the old 600 components with a serious cleaning/de-oxidizing and lubing.
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