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Gear Talk / 1986 Miyata 610
« on: February 07, 2011, 11:51:49 am »
My husband and I are planning to do a cross-country tour this summer (Yorktown, VA - Eugene, OR).  Neither of us has done long term touring before, although we both love cycling.  We are touring novices, and so giving ourselves 3 months to complete the trip.   However, it's a pretty hefty financial investment, and I dont' yet have a touring bike.

A friend of my husband's gave us his like-new 1986 Miyata 610 as a wedding gift, and it fits me perfectly.  It is in really excellent condition, and seems like a solid (but still lightweight) bike. 

My question is whether I should buy a new(er) touring bike, or if the 86 Miyata in good shape with some upgrades would be even better.  I can only afford to spend about $300 and was looking for a used touring bike on Craigslist.

From what I've read online, the Miyata sounds like the better bet.  It's already equipped with a rack and panniers.  Has anyone had any experience with this bike? 


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