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Miyata 914 buy it or not??(6 posts)

Miyata 914 buy it or not??gtscottie
Oct 17, 2002 2:03 PM
I found a miyata 914 with Shimano RX100 components. Is this bike worth buying and what would be a good price. I hope to do some touring next summer.
re: Miyata 914 buy it or not??weed
Oct 18, 2002 4:10 AM
I recommend it. It is a nice riding lugged steel frame. I'm converting mine to a fixed gear. I think $200-300 would be reasonable for the whole bike.
Is it the one on eBay?scottfree
Oct 18, 2002 5:13 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1869397727

A sweet all-day bike. Not in the same league as the 1000, which Sheldon Brown called the best production touring bike of its day, but real nice nonetheless.

I hate to advise a price on something like this. It's intrinsic worth is a lot more than its 'worth' in dollars. A 1000 might sell for $300, but I doubt a 914 would sell for much over $100, maybe $150 if the buyer were motivated. As old bikes/Miyatas go, this is a rider, not a collector.

That said, if you went nuts and spent $500, you'd still be getting easily 500 bucks worth of good bike. So it's just hard to say.

I'd try to get it for a hundred. I love Miyatas, so I'd probably pay more than that if I had to. Bottom line is, it's a nice bike and you won't regret the purchase, so pay what you have to as long as it doesn't hurt. But start low.
Is it the one on eBay?gtscottie
Oct 18, 2002 6:14 AM
Yes it is on eBay. Thanks for the input.
re: Miyata 914 buy it or not??GregJ
Oct 18, 2002 6:49 AM
This looks like a very nice used bike, I would probably go as high as 200-250 on it. I don't think this is a touring bike however. I did not see a triple, the chainstays are short and I don't think there were eyelets on the dropouts for touring racks.(But the pictures were not that great, be sure to ask if that is important.)
re: Miyata 914 buy it or not??gtscottie
Oct 28, 2002 3:31 PM
I bought the bike. Got it for $200. Might have been a little much but it sure is a sweet bike to ride. Very snappy!