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Old 04-29-13, 05:49 AM
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Miyata 1000: good deal?

Looks to be a clean '85 for $400. https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...772000465.html

I don't have the space for another bike, but thought someone here might be interested.

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Hillcusser, No reason why it wouldn't work as a tourer, price is a bit steep, I think.

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These tend to be worth the price they command, notice the 40 spoke rear wheel. It's not a steal at this price but I don't think it's a rip-off at all given the location (big metro area) but I think it's pretty fair given the demand for vintage touring bikes these days. I have a '87 1000 and they are really nicely built bikes, the build quality on the frame is fantastic.
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Agreed that this seems a reasonable price given the location and the condition of the bike. There were beautiful bikes. My first long tour was on a Miyata. I'd think about buying that bike if it were in my area.
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That would be a steal in SF Bay Area. But I'd have to put another $400+ into that bike to really enjoy it, barcons, saddle, racks, etc.
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That's a good price for a Miyata 1000, even if it was just the frame and fork. I tried to find a used one a while back but could never find one in my size for a reasonable price. I would have jumped at one for that price.
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I have the Miyata 610 which is virtually the same bike built with different tubing. Mine is an 83 with many upgrades. I've seen Miyata 1000s listed for a LOT more. If it's your size, grab it!
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Originally Posted by bikemig
I'd think about buying that bike if it were in my area.
+1, That would be a great bike for almost anyone, including commuters and gravel-path cyclists.
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Originally Posted by HillCusser
Looks to be a clean '85 for $400. https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...772000465.html

I don't have the space for another bike, but thought someone here might be interested.
Seller OP: A lot to like in terms of a tourer!

Honest Feedback: To get the price, suggest you would need to replace the chain, replace the rotted hoods, and attend to most all the rusty bits of chrome. Otherwise it looks like it has been left out in the weather for several seasons which would translate into a $175 best offer, not $400.

BTW; What brand of tubing? Picture of tubing badge needs to be there. What size headset (1" or 1 1/8"?

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Seller OP: A lot to like in terms of a tourer!

Honest Feedback: To get the price, suggest you would need to replace the chain, replace the rotted hoods, and attend to most all the rusty bits of chrome. Otherwise it looks like it has been left out in the weather for several seasons which would translate into a $175 best offer, not $400.

BTW; What brand of tubing? Picture of tubing badge needs to be there. What size headset (1" or 1 1/8"?

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Miyata, a former rifle manufacturer, produced its own tubing of very high quality. It's a 1" headset. While some rust is a few places can be seen (mostly on fasteners), the bike looks like a garage queen to me.

I'm sure this will sell in the $300 to $400 price range, and soon.
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Yes, $400 is a fair price for that bike, IMO. The little rust spots will buff out fairly easily. It looks like it hasn't been ridden much. Add a modern freehub, bar-end shifters and a better seat (plus consumables like brake pads, cables and chain) and it would be the equivalent to a LHT (well, actually slightly noodlier than a LHT, but a tour-worthy bike none the less).
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I have a 54 cm 1000 as wall art right now. I would give 400 easy for a 58 or so cm.

It is a noodly bike, I got some frame flex on the one trip I did on it, but i am 220 pounds. But for all that, it never shimmied, even with a heavy bar bag and forty mph down hill in a cross wind with no hands... The longest fully loaded day I ever did was on that bike, 170 miles over the ozark hills.
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After 28 seasons, I still ride my 1985 Miyata 1000. It has been a phenomenal touring bike, although for the past nine years, I only take it out a few times a year.

The advertised bike will need a lot of TLC. But this is normal with old machines. Parts wear out; one's gearing preferences change; etc. The last time I "renovated" it, about five years ago, I spent $400 in parts and labour. It felt like a lot at the time, but I think of it this way: So far I have spent $80/year keeping a great bicycle alive. Five years hence, it will work out to $40 per year, which seems like a modest amount.
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