As I have mentioned a time or two one of the things on my bike "bucket list" is finding a lugged steel Mountain bike. Nearly a year ago I came close but ultimately missed out on a Peugeot Montreal Express. Last week I took a trip down to the Oregon Coast and swung back through Portland and I did a lot of looking on CL since I was going to be in places I don't often get to. While I was at the coast I spotted an ad in Portland CL for a no name lugged steel bike for $45, and noticed it had a bunch of Shimano Arabesque 600 bits on it! Of course by the time I was in Portland it was gone, I spotted a few other things but nothing really intriguing.
I recently learned some tricks for searching on CL and filtering out things, so I created a search for bikes under $50 that doesn't have every kids bike, bike rack and exercise bike in tarnation turning up. I searched today and up pops a couple likely suspects including a Miyata Mountain bike for $40. Make no mistake you still have to wade through alot of junk but sometimes a diamond pops up. I contact the guy and get an address, as it turns out he is a college student desperately trying to get his apartment cleared out because school is done. Now in this situation I could have low-balled, but he's a college kid, with a wife, and this appears to be the bike I have been looking for and its only two Jackson's. He throws in a lock and helmet and tries to throw in other stuff but I just pay and wheel away my prize and think "I need to mark this down on the calendar for future bike hunting" the U-District in mid June.
I had some time before the person was ready to show the bike so I did some sleuthing and figured out the year and model and that this was the middle of the ATB range for Miyata. Yes its so old that they referred to it as an ATB -All Terrain Bicycle before the more popular term of Mountain bike caught on. The top of the ATB line, Ridge Runner, had nicer tubing and Shimano 600 bits but the Trail Runner has a solid spec.
As you can see from the Pictures above it has alot of accessories hung off it that while practical I think detract from its look, but that should be pretty easy to remedy.
One non-stock item is the ratty comfort saddle which is going to get the heave.but besides that and the add-ons it seems to be very stock.
The chunky black stem which I like.
Metal Shimano thumb shifters with the original covers.
As well as Shimano light action derailleurs and bio-pace triple crank set. If you look closely even the tires appear to be stock, they are showing a bit thread bare on the side wall.
The Dia-Compe Canti's I am familiar with from the Passage. Did I mention that this bike is lugged?
Seat tube cluster
Head tube, note the sloping fork crown, 1986 is year 4 of ATB's at Miyata and the first year for the Trail Runner model, in 1983-85 the ATB's had lugged fork crowns.
Bottom Bracket cluster with cable guides.
Double eyelets fore and aft as well as nice forged drop outs including adjustable rears. Notice that front hub is quick release while the rear is bolt on.
For now at least I am going to try and get it up and running on the cheap. I think it may be possible to make it presentable and ride-able and double my investment if I am careful with my expenses and make liberal use of the parts bin. Whereas if I let my fingers do the shopping I might just barely break even if I need to sell it on. We'll see what happens, until next time. Ride.Smile, Repeat.
|The 1986 Trail Runner in Royal Platinum (Grey)|