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Forum: Touring
05-26-10, 07:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,303
Posted By ggriffinslo

Here's a little more on the serial number taken...

Here's a little more on the serial number taken off the MiyataSpecTour Yahoo groups site.
George
SLO, CA



<<<<<The M1000s have a serial number stamped on the bottom of the bottom
bracket,...
Forum: Touring
05-04-10, 10:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,427
Posted By ggriffinslo

Food is plenty important on an extended tour....

Food is plenty important on an extended tour. That said as a qualifier, I think a good steel cookset is a must. I have a nesting trio that I use when with a larger group of riders and only take two...
Forum: Touring
04-18-10, 07:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,987
Posted By ggriffinslo

Over spring break I took a four day self...

Over spring break I took a four day self supported tour. At the beginning of the final descent I broke a spoke. Rear wheel and drive side. I flagged a car down and asked them to tell my friends up...
Forum: Touring
04-16-10, 07:40 AM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 2,290,699
Posted By ggriffinslo

Just finished a short Spring Break ride with...

Just finished a short Spring Break ride with three friends. It took place in San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties on the central coast of California. Wildflowers were in bloom and the weather was...
Forum: Touring
03-07-10, 10:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By ggriffinslo

There's another solution. Good panniers...

There's another solution.

Good panniers have adjustments to allow you to move the bags farther back on the rack. I have size 12 feet and have no issue with bags. You can find really inexpensive...
Forum: Touring
12-07-09, 10:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,271
Posted By ggriffinslo

What I have rebuilt sansin hubs, 36 spokes in...

What I have
rebuilt sansin hubs, 36 spokes in front and 40 in the back, 14 gauge spokes, and Mavic A719 rims

The dream
Phil Hubs front and back same spokes and rims
Forum: Touring
11-24-09, 07:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,350
Posted By ggriffinslo

I'm in the same boat as you- I tour with a lot of...

I'm in the same boat as you- I tour with a lot of gear and I weigh 200 pounds. Heads up. Gear breaks faster for us.

I have a XO-1 that I toured on, but not for weeks on end. The longest with it...
Forum: Touring
11-24-09, 06:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 556
Posted By ggriffinslo

The directions above are spot on/ Good...

The directions above are spot on/ Good description! have a fun ride.
Forum: Touring
11-17-09, 10:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 433
Posted By ggriffinslo

The Baja trip probably won't be as relaxed as...

The Baja trip probably won't be as relaxed as your hoping for. Tale a look at Walt Peterson's "The Baja Adventure Book." He has incredible detail about roads, ranches etc...


1. What are the...
Forum: Touring
11-09-09, 09:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,933
Posted By ggriffinslo

I'm 5'11" with a 31 in inseam. I ride a 58cm...

I'm 5'11" with a 31 in inseam. I ride a 58cm Miyata. It's just slightly big, but I love to be able to have the handlebars a smidge higher than the seat.

I'd look at a 56 and 58, as they will...
Forum: Touring
11-09-09, 09:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 17,272
Posted By ggriffinslo

I bought my cover from Rivendell. It is stuffed...

I bought my cover from Rivendell. It is stuffed under that seat. I've had it there for about a year and have had no problems with it. I pull it out when needed and stuff it right back in when not....
Forum: Touring
11-09-09, 09:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 28,348
Posted By ggriffinslo

Nice to read the LHT fans out there. Many haven't...

Nice to read the LHT fans out there. Many haven't ridden the Miyata. I have a 610, 615, 618 and 1000. I love the bikes. The trple buttle splined frame of my 618 is a great touring rig. I've ridden it...
Forum: Touring
11-09-09, 09:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,096
Posted By ggriffinslo

I love my B17, though saddles are dependent on...

I love my B17, though saddles are dependent on anatomy. Each person's is different. That's way there are so many different types of bikes, saddles, bars, etc.

Always makes me smile inside when...
09-24-09, 08:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,376
Posted By ggriffinslo

One thing that I haven't read is what is the OP's...

One thing that I haven't read is what is the OP's planned use for the bike. Commuting, sport riding, touring? These bikes will all work for sport riding, but if you're planning on using it as a...
Forum: Touring
09-20-09, 09:37 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,246
Posted By ggriffinslo

Interesting to read what people think is...

Interesting to read what people think is luxurious- pillows, music players, books. Many of us would no sooner leave without those than w/o a bike.

For me the kitchen kit is indispensable. I...
09-20-09, 09:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By ggriffinslo

I've seen a cut down B17 on the riv bike site....

I've seen a cut down B17 on the riv bike site. Same saddle, but less leather.
Forum: Touring
09-14-09, 08:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 695
Posted By ggriffinslo

We started at a friends home just north of...

We started at a friends home just north of Portsmouth, went through Dover straight over to the coast. We followed Highway 1 sometimes, and smaller parallel routes whenever we could.

There is a...
Forum: Touring
09-10-09, 09:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 695
Posted By ggriffinslo

We cycle along the Down East Coast last year and...

We cycle along the Down East Coast last year and loved it. It was fun, easy and interesting. The only drawback is the lack of public transportation to get back out. We ended up renting cars tag team...
07-20-09, 11:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 665
Posted By ggriffinslo

Should have posted this link with the original...

Should have posted this link with the original post, but here's a picture of the bike.

http://georgegriffin.smugmug.com/gallery/8986000_WDZai#597297031_Xch7E/
07-20-09, 11:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 665
Posted By ggriffinslo

Wanting info on ItalVega Nuovo Sport Mixte

Hello all,
I was recently given an ItalVega mixte, and have cleaned, tuned and made it road worthy once again. I've spent about three hours searching the web for definitive information on when...
Forum: Touring
07-11-09, 11:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,956
Posted By ggriffinslo

Dried fruit and nut mix. Can't be beat.Oh! and...

Dried fruit and nut mix. Can't be beat.Oh! and stick salami.
Forum: Touring
05-16-09, 12:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 796
Posted By ggriffinslo

All of the suggestions here are spot on. The...

All of the suggestions here are spot on. The Laost Coast and Mattole River, Highway 25 around the Pinnacles national Monument, the Pacific Coast trip. Not a bad ride mentioned. many of the folks on...
Forum: Touring
05-15-09, 11:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,856
Posted By ggriffinslo

The Pacific Coast comes through San Luis Obispo,...

The Pacific Coast comes through San Luis Obispo, CA, but it misses the best route south in the quest to be next to the ocean. We have several country roads that parallel Highway One. These travel...
Forum: Touring
05-15-09, 11:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 980
Posted By ggriffinslo

I used to take a back packer's rigid cutting...

I used to take a back packer's rigid cutting board, about 5"X9." It always been a pretty handy thing to have. This last trip though, I replaced it with a flexible cutting board that I use in my...
Forum: Touring
04-23-09, 10:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,638
Posted By ggriffinslo

Garbage bags are okay but wear out quickly. Trash...

Garbage bags are okay but wear out quickly. Trash compactor bags are much more durable, They have lasted through cross country tour. Compression sacks are great for conserving space!
Forum: Commuting
04-23-09, 10:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 703
Posted By ggriffinslo

I would say it might be a function of how long...

I would say it might be a function of how long your commute is. The longer ride you have, the more uncomfortable a backpack can be. I have a short commute, 2.5 miles, but even that is to long for a...
Forum: Touring
01-23-09, 09:48 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,884
Posted By ggriffinslo

Liz coming uphill near the Carrisa Plain National...

Liz coming uphill near the Carrisa Plain National Monument in Central California.
Forum: Touring
01-23-09, 09:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,512
Posted By ggriffinslo

It makes sense to use the strongest wheels that...

It makes sense to use the strongest wheels that you will need. I just built up a touring wheelset using old Sansin hubs- 36/40 on a Miyata 610. I don't expect to have ANY problems with this set up...
Forum: Touring
01-21-09, 08:06 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,232
Posted By ggriffinslo

Meteor Light

The best possible tent choice is a high quality, large, light and inexpensive tent. Tough find though.

I use a Sierra Designs Meteor Light. It's a real two person tent, meaning that there's...
Forum: Touring
12-22-08, 10:20 PM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 2,290,699
Posted By ggriffinslo

Miyata 618

This is my Miyata 618. We were on Highway 32 in Down East Maine. The dry bag carries my tent. The Barbie is the maiden head who turns heads.
I Love this bike. I'm in the process of building up...
Forum: Touring
12-22-08, 08:26 PM
Replies: 355
Views: 345,757
Posted By ggriffinslo

Lots of used bikes are available...

I've done a goodly amount of touring, starting our with two different converted mountain bikes which served me well and finally settling on a Miyata 618 and Miyata 1000. Knowing what I do after...
Forum: Touring
12-20-08, 08:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,148
Posted By ggriffinslo

German tour

Many years ago I did a solo tour from Frankfurt that took me into the Czech Republic. I left Frankfurt Airport on a train to the east and ended up after several weeks of cycling back in Germany.
...
10-11-08, 11:04 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 305
Posted By ggriffinslo

STI compatibility

Hello,
I've got a Miyata 615 that I'd like to set up with an NOS Sora STI 3x7 speed unit. If I swap out the 6 speed freewheel for a seven, will this unit work together?
Thanks in advance for any...
Forum: Touring
09-21-08, 12:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 465
Posted By ggriffinslo

Expedition

The Expedition is one of the finer 80s production touring bikes made. It was made by Miyata and there's a huge market out there for them. Take a look at this site for details.
George
SLO CA
...
Forum: Touring
08-29-08, 10:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 975
Posted By ggriffinslo

The major issue with packing a wet tent is...

The major issue with packing a wet tent is mildew. If a tent is going to be used for a short trip and packed damp only occasionally, there may be no problem whatsoever. On the other hand, if it's an...
Forum: Touring
08-13-08, 09:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 806
Posted By ggriffinslo

I agree with Pat from CA. Cycling the Pacific...

I agree with Pat from CA. Cycling the Pacific Coast is largely a "point it south and ride" proposition. I live in San Luis Obispo and have ridden the SF to Santa Barbara route a few times. It is...
Forum: Touring
08-06-08, 03:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 943
Posted By ggriffinslo

cell phone charging

We just finished a tour in Maine and found that it was easy to maintain battery life by turning the phone off for most of the time. We'd turn it on, check for messages and make any needed calls....
Forum: Touring
08-05-08, 09:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,598
Posted By ggriffinslo

Thanks for the heads up. I'll check it out. ...

Thanks for the heads up. I'll check it out.
George
Forum: Touring
07-30-08, 10:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,598
Posted By ggriffinslo

panasonic Pro Touring info wanted

I recently bought another tourer, a Panasonic Pro Touring. I've been searching for information on it and have not been able o come up with much.. Anyone have knowledge of Panasonic sites, data bases...
Forum: Touring
07-28-08, 02:33 PM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 2,290,699
Posted By ggriffinslo

Okay, so the picture didn't upload. I'll try...

Okay, so the picture didn't upload. I'll try again...
George
Forum: Touring
07-28-08, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4,543
Views: 2,290,699
Posted By ggriffinslo

Miyata 618 on the road

Here is a picture of my Miyata 618. This is a shot from our recent ride in Maine.
George
San Luis Obispo
Forum: Touring
07-06-08, 11:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 465
Posted By ggriffinslo

Thanks for the tips. The shop in St Stephens...

Thanks for the tips. The shop in St Stephens sounds like it will work for us.
Forum: Touring
07-05-08, 09:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 465
Posted By ggriffinslo

Maine bike shop search

I'll be touring coastal Maine starting late next week. One thing we're having a hard time finding is a bike shop near our end point. We'll need to get a cople of bike poxes and ship them home. Anyone...
Forum: Touring
07-03-08, 10:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,888
Posted By ggriffinslo

There are also lots of 1980s models that are high...

There are also lots of 1980s models that are high qulaity and available. Look around for Miyata 610, & 1000, Trek 520 and Specialized Expedition. Take a look at Sheldon Browns website for more...
Forum: Touring
07-02-08, 10:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,394
Posted By ggriffinslo

There are many older touring bikes out there just...

There are many older touring bikes out there just waiting to be shown some love. I was in a neighboring city recently and did a Craigslist seach for panniers. Found some and when the person showed...
Forum: Touring
06-30-08, 11:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 277
Posted By ggriffinslo

I just picked up my son in SF after a tour from...

I just picked up my son in SF after a tour from Eureka. He said there was a lot of smole, but being along the coast, the prevailing winds blew most of it inland.

Last week Highway One was closed...
Forum: Touring
06-26-08, 10:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,072
Posted By ggriffinslo

The old Blackburn Lowriders are still out there....

The old Blackburn Lowriders are still out there. I just bought another set on eBay. I've used them for years and put a LOT of weight up front. All my food, cooking, fuel, tools
and misc goes there.
Forum: Touring
06-26-08, 09:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 839
Posted By ggriffinslo

Brooks Saddles are very different than what most...

Brooks Saddles are very different than what most people are used to. They are made so that one's sit bones are supported by the saddle instead of the soft tissue in between them. Lots of people have...
Forum: Touring
06-24-08, 07:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By ggriffinslo

I rode SF to San Luis Obispo last summer and our...

I rode SF to San Luis Obispo last summer and our first day was from Fisherman's Wharf where we dropped off our rental car to the hostel in Montara. In part it's a beautiful ride. Devil's Slide is...
Forum: Touring
06-24-08, 07:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 522
Posted By ggriffinslo

The numbers are true, but there are also some...

The numbers are true, but there are also some geographic considerations. Most traffic runs from Carmel to about Big Sur State Park or Piefer Burns State Park and are people out for a day trip. Once...
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