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Old 07-22-14, 06:57 PM
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1976 Miyata Liberty

Hello, I joined this forum because I recently got back into riding a bike to take advantage of the great paved trials in the area. Since I am 40 something I wanted an "old school" 10 speed. I bought one sight unseen thinking it would be a knocked around huffy or something like that because the price was right. It turns out that I now own a 1976 Miyata Liberty that I know very little about. I want to show this bike every ounce of respect it deserves as well enjoying the incredible ride. If you can be of help I sure would love to hear from you!
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Old 07-22-14, 07:20 PM
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what i learned is pretty easy, summarized as:

-economics are the same for old cars- you will never get your money back fully.
-do not delay the full resto job. it just gets more expensive if you keep riding without doing it.
-lbs's workmanship is poor, cheaper to buy the tools you need, even if its a "one time" fix. cable cutters are a good example. (I went from no skill mech. to knowing more than a bike mechanic out of necessity, youtube helps.)
-everything is dry and old so strip the bike to the frame and clean fix/lube with new bearings, hoods, seat, cables, tubes, tires, tape including headset.
-something will always be screwy and cost more than you thought.
-you will not stop at one bike
-your first bike will probably be an expensive learning curve, that curve may not decrease with more bikes.
-your first bike probably will not fit, or cost you money to fix the fit with a new stem or seatpost.
-keep your old parts
-if you can, buy a new 700c wheelset with nice tires and hubs early on. velomine is good. its going to cost for a truing, new tubes, tires on the old wheelset anyways.


The reason you will do this is because old bikes have style, and the are better built.

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Post some pictures so we know where you are starting from. Don't go crazy, just clean it up, fresh grease for the bearings (and adjustment) and new rubber and cables. It might not even need all of that to start, depending on what maintenance it may have had over the years.

It the bike has 27" wheels there are still some nice tire options available. The Panaracer Pasela (or the TG version) are popular as folks generally think they ride well and they look good on classic bikes.

Good luck and welcome.
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Restoring C&V bicycles.... is the hobby within the hobby (of cycling). It's a true pleasure to wrench these old bicycles back to the near-work-of-art they are. You are a very lucky man to have stumbled onto this.
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Thanks sonatageek, I will take some photos to get some input. Yes the bike as 17" Araya rims and thank you for the advise on new tires, she needs them.
Dave Cutter, Yes I am truly a lucky man for having this bike. The only reason I bought it sight unseen is because I trusted the seller completely. What I didn't know was what an amazing bike I was getting, but he did.
Thank you all for the warm welcome.

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Old 07-23-14, 06:29 PM
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That is going to clean up nicely and it looks to be in good shape.
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This is in nice condition for its age. You will want to overhaul the bike and replace all the ball bearings. Grease, unlike wine, doesn't get better with age. I'd replace all the cables and the housing as well. These dia compe brake pads will be a nice replacement for the old ones: http://www.amazon.com/Dia-Compe-Grey...ia+compe+brake. I'd get new tires as well. I'd replace the chain as well.
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Does anyone know the hierarchy of the Liberty Model?
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