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Mr. Miyata

Old 11-14-12, 06:20 AM
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Mr. Miyata



This picture was taken around 1990, possibly earlier. That's me on the left, northeast Miyata sales rep John O'Rourke in the middle and Mr. Miyata on the right. The shop I worked at was a top tier Miyata dealer, we had gold, silver and bronze sales award plaques lined up on the wall.

Every 2 years Miyata sent their top dealers to Japan for a tour of the factory, my boss and his wife went 4 or 5 times. They were going to send me on the next trip but Miyata had pulled from the U.S. market by then. Oh well.

Of note in the background is a cutaway team frame, it shows the different wall thicknesses and areas with splined tubing. There's a Bianchi on the end of the top rack which helps to date the photo becasue we didnt sell them untill after I had been there awhile, I started in '84.

This is how I became a knowledge source on Miyata...I worked at a top dealer and received info from the 'source'.
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Great pic Jim, thanks for sharing!

Yes, some of the great expertise on the list comes from living through that era, active in the bike business. Myself, I was broke back then, so my experience was limited to low end, POS.
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I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Miyata as well, during their 100th Anniversary celebration in 1990. We were also a top Miyata dealer back then, and my boss gave me the chance to take the trip to the factory in Japan.
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Domo Arigato Mr Miyata! Domo! Cool Pic!
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Great picture, Jim! Looks like a heck of a shop, wish I could walk into a place full of those bikes today!
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Cool photo, Jim!

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Great thread. Thanks
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MUST be old, not a speck of Carbon Fiber in sight! So, what has been the inflation rate on a NICE mid-level road bike since then? 400%? 500%? Makes $4/gal gas seem almost reasonable! ;-)
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A bike shop with carpeting - welcome to the 1980's. I like it.

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Originally Posted by RubberLegs View Post
MUST be old, not a speck of Carbon Fiber in sight! So, what has been the inflation rate on a NICE mid-level road bike since then? 400%? 500%? Makes $4/gal gas seem almost reasonable! ;-)
There were a couple in the shop but we didnt do much in Carbon. Assuming the pic was taken during the 100th anniversary tour we would have had 100th Anniversary Miyata road and mountain bikes with the gold lugs, one of the Zodiac built Peugeot carbon frames and a few of the lugged carbon Miyata road bikes.

None of our other lines, Schwinn, Bianchi, Gary Fisher, Dave Mouton/Fuso, Serotta or Marinoni offered carbon back then. When I left in '96 there was a documented Major Taylor track bike that I restored in the end spot on the upper rack.

And no pony tail, that's about as long as my hair ever was.
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
A bike shop with carpeting - welcome to the 1980's. I like it.

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Yep...hardwood floors under that carpet that I stripped and varnished every winter. We got tired of the maintenance and carpeted the place on a Sunday afternoon.
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If the cutaway frame used the STB tubeset, then we know the photo is at least a couple of years more recent than 1984.
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If the cutaway frame used the STB tubeset, then we know the photo is at least a couple of years more recent than 1984.
Someone can probably get all detective on the photo and figure it out, Profile clip-ons on the top rack, white Schwinn ladies MTB down below. I'm sure it was 1990.
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Awesome! I love seeing photos like this. I was alive at this point in time, but unfortunately I was much more interested in teenage mutant ninja turtles than miyatas.
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