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Old 10-11-18, 08:19 AM
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Hello Cyclists!

I live in rural Southwest Missouri. I started riding four years ago at the age of 40 and haven't looked back.

I originally purchased a mid 90s giant Mtn bike and rode that thinking I didn't want a road bike. Then my brother, who lives in IA, talked me into riding a couple of days of Ragbrai. So I purchased an 88 Specialized Allez in great shape set up with the original 600 tri color group. I road that, as is, for a while. I even road a century on that bike and eventually had it painted and added a 5800 105 group set to it (everything but hubs). Its a sweet bike and my first full build. Not sure the frame is worth the 5800 group, but I was learning.

I soon found myself watching Craigslist for any deals tat may come up. That's where I found my 2011 Trek 1.5. It's a great ride. Very casual riding position and gives you a real sense of confidence. Its an easy bike to ride. With that said - I rarely rode it and its now set up for my wife (who also rarely rides it, lol).

After I built the Allez I started thinking I needed a 'utility - do all' bike. So I found a 96 Specialized Rock Hopper (steel frame - rigid fork) and proceeded to add drop bars, shimano 105 brake/shifters, a single 42 tooth chain ring and cranks up front that came off my 88 Allez, 105 derailleur in back with a 12-36 10 speed cassette. A true frankenbike ... and I love it. The roads I ride are a mix of chip and seal and gravel, so this bike is perfect.

I recently picked up an 88 Schwinn Paramount Series 7 (yes - Japanese) and a Miyata 615 from the same individual for $150 each. The Paramount is all original with Tri color 600 all around (8 spd STI) and is in very good condition. It even has the original Look clipless pedals. I will be changing the bar tape, pedals, and adding some lower gearing for the hills around here - other than that its staying original. The 615 is my favorite. I now understand what a nice riding bike feels like. What a ride. This one is going to get bar tape, bar end shifters, and eventually - a Brooks B17.

So that's my journy into cycling so far. I love all my bikes. Before the 615 found its way into my arms, the frankenbike saw the most time on the road. Now, I find myself on the 615 all the time. Not sure if its the splined, tripled butted Miyata tubing, the geometry, the fork ... probably all of the above. Regardless, its a fine machine.

Enjoy the journey!
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Old 10-11-18, 08:37 AM
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Welcome from another newbie, sounds like youíve got some nice bikes to ride. I live in Iowa and the Ragbrai culture helped move me into road bikes as well. Iíve recently become a Miyata owner too and am looking forward to getting familiar with it next season.
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Thanks To live. What Miyata did you pick up?
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Welcome, both of you. Showme, you sound like you have the cycling buildup bug. That’s a fun thing.
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I ended up with a project, an 84 1000. Iíll be working on acquiring a few more components and hopefully completing it this winter.
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Welcome, both of you. Showme, you sound like you have the cycling buildup bug. Thatís a fun thing.
Stan ... I've definitely got the bug. I like looking for and working on bikes nearly as much as riding them.
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I ended up with a project, an 84 1000. Iíll be working on acquiring a few more components and hopefully completing it this winter.
OOOhhhh the 1000. I'd love one of those. Keep us posted on the build ... and don't forget pictures.
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Welcome to Bike Forums, you two! It seems you two are doing it right... Enjoy!
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Welcome to Bike Forums. Lot of love for Miyata bikes in out Classic & Vintage forum.
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What cb400bill said. Our C&V forum is huge. Have fun!
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