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52cm Miyata AlumiCross Bike

15 Dec

This is the second time I have rebuilt an Alumicross, first generation cross bike built by Miyata, what a sweet ride.

52cm Miyata AX Alumicross Bike from 1990, paint scheme is white with original fork, frame and fork are in fantastic condition for her age and bike has been stripped and rebuilt using all period correct components. Seat tube measures 52cm and the top tube is 54cm, has all the brazeons for racks and fenders and would be a great cross, commuter or touring ride, lots of clearance for bigger tires, 2 water bottle mounts and pump mount under the down tube.

All components are Shimano Deore and Shimano DX including the 3×7 drive train, front der, rear der, bar end shifters, BB, cassette and chain. Brakes are the canti SLR’s with 105 pulls, all new cables and housing, bar wrap and saddle. Wheelset is a pair of Wolber GTX 32 hole laced to a pair of Shimano DX hubs that are perfectly trued and tensioned, new Specialized Armadillo tires that are puncture resistant with new tubes and rim tape.  Headset is a white Tange Nuovo that has been freshly packed with grease, Nitto Randoneur bars and short Technomic stem.


56cm Miyata 512 Single Speed

15 Dec

1989 Miyata 512 Single Speed, frame and fork is triple butted lugged steel that is Japanese built with a red and white late 80’s color scheme and is size 56cm. The bike was stripped down to the frame/fork and rebuilt using a mix of new and used parts and a generous amount of Phil Wood shop grease.
Weinmann wheelset set in white with 32 spokes laced to black Vuelta hubs, rear is flip flop with a new 16t fixed cog and new Shimano 16t freewheel, tires are 700×23 and pumped up to about 100psi for a real quick firm roll.
Drive train is a Shimano Exage crankset with new 46t chain ring and new SRAM PC-1 chain and nice MKS alum pedals and a new Shimano sealed bearing BB for a nice smooth chain line.
Brake set is the original Shimano Exage caliper brakes with fresh pads, new cables and housing, brake pulls are a new pair of Tektro top bar cross pulls.
Tange Levin headset has been cleaned and repacked, Sakae 80mm stem, Sakae drop bars that have been chopped and flopped, Sakae seat post with the original Vetta saddle in white and new white bar tape.


Panasonic Road Bike

5 Dec

For sale is a 55cm Panasonic frame, fork. This an early 80’s handbuilt Japanese frame set that is all steel with original black paint, decals, head badge and beautiful scrolled lugs. Free of dings and dents and perfectly straight, a few nicks in the paint here and there but nothing major. New Tange Levin head set, frame size is 55cm ctc and is all steel for a nice supple ride. This bike has been fully rebuilt from the frame up and features new BB, new  headset, new cables and housing, new bar wrap and a pair of Alex R500 wheels with new Shimano HG50 7 speed cassette with newer Pasela commuter tires 700×28 and tubes. Drive train is the Suntour Cyclone M-II shifters and deraillers with an SR crankset, new chain and Shimano brakes with Dia-Compe pulls that have new hoods. Frame has plenty of braze ons for racks and fenders.

Fuji Palisade Single Speed

4 Dec

Here is a late 80’s steel Fuji Palisade 56cm converted into a Single Speed/Fixed urban assault bike. Suntour dropouts front and rear (horizontal) that are spaced standard, 100mm front and 126mm rear. Frame is made in Japan with Valite tubing with great lugs and the top of the fork is stamped fuji. Below is a list of components that make this baby GO! The paint is pearly white and nearly perfect, looks hardly ridden and perfectly maintained.

  • SR 1” quill stem with Japanese Sakae drop bars (that have been flopped and chopped, not in pic) and older Tange headset
  • SR Laprade seat post with Bontrager RL saddle and Sugino binder bolt
  • Suigino Crown crank set with a 46t Suigino “Mighty Competition” chainring and MKS peadals
  • New Shimano BB54 bottom bracket 68×115
  • Vintage Shimano brake set BR-Z57 with new cables and top bar in line brake pulls
  • Salsa Delgado rims 32h silver laced to a pair of silver Surly fixed/free hubs (bomb proof) and both are wrapped in new Michelin 700×23 Lithion rubber with a Shimano 17t freewheel, you supply the fixed cog and lock ring
Super sweet ride that is ultra stealthy!

Centurion Single Speed

4 Dec

80’s Centurion E Lite RS 58cm converted into a Single Speed. She is made in Japan with CR-MO Tange 2 steel, double butted and lugged with thicker Shimano dropouts front and rear (horizontal), with standard spacing, 126mm rear and 100mm front. Standard BB shell with Shimano BB 109mm spindle, standard 1” headset which is an older steel Japanese Tange Falcon headset freshly packed and mounted with a Modolo 1” quill stem with 100mm reach, the drop bars are also Modolo with interal cable routing, wrapped in new Cinelli black bar tape. SR Laprade seat with a new Forte Pro RS1 seat, o so nice and comfy! Has the usual scratches that one would expect from a 20+ year old frame set. Both front and rear brakes are new Tektro recessed brakes with Leechi brake levers. All new cables and housing allowing for a very soft touch to come to a screeching halt! The drive train is a pair Sugino cranks with a Sugino 48t chain ring and a new 18t Shimano freewheel and a new Z chain, with new pair of Wellgo ultra light track pedals. The wheel set is brand new and just came out of a box, SWEET! They are 32 hole Mavic CPX22 medium V laced to a pair of Fomula hubs etched Origin8 with stainless spokes and nipples, the rear is flip flop with threads for cog and lock ring but is not included. Just laid down some Velox rim tape, new tubes and a brand new pair of Vittoria Rubino tires 700×25.


Sekine “CS Medialle” Single Speed

4 Dec

This is an 80’s Sekine “CS Medialle” 56cm. Shimano SF dropouts front and rear (horizontal) that are spaced standard, 100mm front and 126mm rear. Frame is made in Japan and assembled and sold in Canada by Sekine. Champion doubled butted steel tubes with great lug work and a sweet head badge. This build is fresh off of the bike stand only been ridden a few miles, includes a smooth no name headset, 1” stem adapter and bolt on stem at about 100mm reach with a pair of riser bars all black with new blue Oury grips, new Origin 8 Velo seat with Kallin seat post and Suigino binder bolt. The drive train is a brand new Sram Track crank 48t and new Truvativ splined BB, O’ so smooth and perfect. Brand new Z chain hooked up to your choice of a 16t freewheel or 14t fixed cog, currently fixed but we can always give the wheel a flip. Just added the brakes for safety, Tektro long reach with Radius 3 finger pulls, cool. Wheelset is a used set (front and rear, matching set) of Alex R450 32h rims laced to a pair of high flange Formula hubs with bearings packed and spinning smooth, tires are brand new of Vittoria Rubino Pro Slick pumped up to about 120psi, nice light, durable ride that totally rips!!!!!!


Miyata Seven-Twelve Road Bike

4 Dec

’87 Miyata 712 53cm, this is a triple butted Chro-Mo steel frame and fork built in Japan with nice medium point lugs, braze ons are present on the front and rear drops for rack and/or fenders. Frame is painted Lavender and White, yeah yeah yeah late ’80’s color scheme with rear brake line running down the interior of the top tube. Frame and fork and paint are in great condition. She has been fully overhauled and all bearings repacked with fresh grease and all moving parts cleaned and lubed. She sports the entire Shimano 105 gruppo, hubs, brakes, brake pulls, downtube shifters, derailleurs and crankset. Wheelset is a pair of Shimano 105 hubs laced to a pair Wolber grey anodized box style rims that have been trued and tensioned and wrapped in a pair of new Kenda Koncept road tires with new tubes 700×25. Drive train consists of the Shimano 105 crank set with Rocket chainrings 50t and 38t the rear is a Shimano 13t-28t 6 speed cluster with Shimano 105 derailleurs front and rear and new chain. Brakeset is a pair of Shimano 105 with lightly used brake pads and the matching SLR pulls. Stem and drop bars are Wiii Japanese and a Strong seatpost. Headset is a freshly packed Japanese Hatta anodized black. She sports new Shimano cartridge bottom bracket, cables, housing, bar wrap, lightly used Bianchi saddle.

As you can see from the photos, she started off as a 1X6 then I switched her back to a 2X6 so she would be a more complete road ride or commuter.

Kuwahara Carrera UL Single Speed

4 Dec

57cm Kuwahara Carrera UL Single Speed/Fixed road bike. Swweet 80’s Japanese lugged frame set that has the original pearl white paint with perfect decals, Dropouts and fork tips are Suntour GS and frame and fork has eyelets for fenders and/or rack. Below is a list of parts that were used to give this gem a second life. All parts are brand new out of the box or lightly used and are in perfect condition.

  • Wheel Set: Brand new Fuji deep V 43 mm blue anodized rims 32h wrapped to high flange silver Formula hubs, rear is a flip flop. Both have new 700c X 23 CST tires, tubes and rim tape—pretty much nuke proof.
  • Drive Train: Lightly used 170mm Sakae cranks with 48t chain ring up front and new shimano 16t freewheel and new 16t cog and lock ring, new KMC Z chain and KKT pedals. New Shimano BB 116mm spindle length for the perfect chainline.
  • Brake Set: New Tektro medium reach

    brakes with new thin line pads, new cables and housing and the pulls are top bar cross tops by Cane Creek.

  • Freshly packed Kuwahara headset with stem adapter, fuji pro 4 bolt stem and a pair of Sakae bars that have been chopped, flopped and wrapped with new bar tape, new Sakae seat post and new Velo seat.

Just took her off the stand and gave her a test spin and she is finely tuned and ready to roll.



Univega Specialissimo Single Speed

4 Dec

Impeccable 57cm Univega Specialissimo (made by Miyata) from the mid-eighties, a classic representation of a nicely crafted Japanese lugged steel frame and fork. Color is shiny grey, frame was waxed and buffed before the rebuild, the diamonds and circles in the lugs have been highlighted in gold. Dropouts and fork tips are Suntour GS and frame and fork has eyelets for fenders and/or rack. Below is a list of parts that were used to give this gem a second life. All parts are brand new out of the box and are in perfect condition, except for the seat post, binder bolt and saddle.

  • Wheel set: 32h Alex rims, 32mm medium V with stainless spokes and high flange formula hubs branded GT, rear is flip/flop, 700 x 25 Kenda Kwest urban tires pumped to 110psi.
  • Brake set: Tektro R556 long reach brakes, plenty of room for bigger tires and/or fenders, Tektro 2-finger brake pulls with Odyssey Slic Kable and housing.
  • Drive train: Truvativ BB 68X109 splined, Sram Power Spline track crank, 170mm length with 48t, KMC Z chain 1/8”, Shimano 16t freewheel and a Dura-ace 15t NJS cog and lock ring, very fast!
  • Front end: 1” Tange Levin sealed headset (just installed brand new), Origin 8 stem converter 1” to 1 1/8”, Ritchey Pro 4 bolt stem 100mm in length and a pair of Synchros riser bars and GT grips.

This urban assault machine is finished with a lightly used SR Lapade seat post, Selle Italia saddle and a new pair of VP ultralight track pedals.

Miyata Nine-Twelve Commuter

4 Dec

For sale is a beautiful 56cm Miyata Nine Twelve from 1986, this is a great commuter with an almost complete Shimano 600 series gruppo, the only thing that is not are the break pulls which are Shimano 105. Just gave her an overhaul so she can be released back into the wild. Wheels are true, BB is brand new and so are the cables, housing and bar tape. Just took the Biopace rings off and replaced them with some NOS Shimano rings 52t and 39t. She is sporting some wrap around SKS fenders to keep all of the wet road grime out of the precious moving parts. Wellgo pedals with black toeclips and a lightly used Bontrager saddle. On my scale she is just tipping over 21 pounds give or take a little. A great steel frame bike from a very reputable bicycle company.