VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Miyata Pro Aero posted by: Jeff H on 9/20/2005 at 7:25:19 AM
I have a Miyata Pro Aero I bought new in 1984. After purchase I removed the Gran Comp Aero Brakes and put them away ( still have them) as they did not work well. I also bagged the Aero Mighty cranks..and put on a Sugino 600
somewhere along the line. It has Suntour Superbe Brakes and non Aero levers, Trick bladed Aero Seat post, a no name
gorgeous handlebar stem and Cinelli bars.
The frame is NOT aero except the sloping crown bladed front forks which were Miyata blue and now chromed and the seat stays are oval "blades". I also repainted the blue and gold frame when I had some braze ons installed. Still blue but fades from silver blue at the tail to medium metallic blue at the head. I have the original Aero water bottle and cage.

The original wheels were Araya with Suntour Superbe hubs, but alas stolen. Just replaced them with some newer wheels and hubs but kept the original 126 mm spacing 6 speed.
Suntour Drop-outs front and rear.
The bottom bracket is 70mm and british threaded as I recall
The pedals are Suntour Superbes..
I have highly modded and polished Suntour Bar Cons as shifters.. some no name but comfortable suede saddle.

I am just now refurbing this bike after exactly a 20 year layup. Treating it to the new wheels and tires and NOS Matthauser brake pads and bar tape and other goodies.

Of all the bikes I have owned since 61 when I bought my
Phillips Fleur De Lis and the Girardengos and Guerciottis and Pinarellos and even my 83 Somec all Campy, this is my favorite all time bike.

There is something about the frame build quality and the quality of ride that is hard to describe except to say it is a perfect fit and feel and looks great. The frame is of such close dimensions that you can safely run only 23 mm tires...25 would be a stretch, it currently has 20's

Even though modified from new , (it truly was no "AERO" bike except for the wimpy brakes, the cranks and seat and handlebar stem..) ahh but those forks and seat stays...!!

I am not certain but at the time I bought this there was also the Team and the Pro which I rode but this was the "one". Neither of the others suited me. I was not sure which was considered the "better" or more expensive model. I bought it in Snata Cruz while in a full arm cast recovering from a crash...another story.

Just thought I would add to the available Miyata info...
And apologies to the folks that would not have modified
a quasi rare unit... but that makes it unique...a work in progress..Mymiyata ? 879X06
I am uncertain of the serial number as brazons were fitted on the bottom bracket over the serial number..the x is buried and another number in the middle may also be covered...

I was told at the time this was a short run in this model
perhaps 6 months long...

Jeff
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Nishiki "Superbe" posted by: Jeff H on 9/20/2005 at 7:05:28 AM
I have a Nishiki model I have never seen before. It is called a Superbe as labelled on the right chromed chain stay.

The Frame is a soft muted gold color with a metallic brown
head tube and banding on the seat tube, There is a small brwon Nishiki script label on the seat tube near the brottom bracket. The head tube has a Nishi decal, not a badge. There is a decal on the down tube reading Tange
Chro Mo Double butted. There are no braze ons except for a front water bottle. Very nicely made and filed bocama style kugs including diamons on the rear brake stay. The front forks are a sloping crown style. The drop outs are chromed and labeled "Tange". The rear drop outs are short and no adjuster, also Tange. Exceedingly well made 56 CTC frame

Componentrs are : Rear Suntour Cyclone GT Derailleur. front is a Suntour superbe. Bars are Sakae SR Custom with a
fancy sleeve. Head set is a TAnge. Stem is a fluted Sugino with the same metallic brown Paint. Seat stem is a well made fluted SG and Brown metallic paint in flutes.
Brakes are Campy copy long reach Diacomp Gran comp with allens but not recessed. The levers are Gran Compe..no hoods
Suntour Down Tube shifters. Sugino "Super Mighty" Campy copy cranks with drilled chain rings.. 54/48. Rear hub appears to be a Suntour in a 14/28 ? Wheels are Araya 36 hole front and rear. The Hubs are SUNSHINE GYRO MASTER low flange with the small oil hole circlip. They appear to be a high quality.

All the component dating is from 1977-78

The Serial number is KH0XXX8 this is on a well made 68mm bottom bracket with a large "K" cutout.

I have owned Internationals and seen many other Nishiki Models but never this one.

Is anyone familiar with this model..and where it stacks up in the quality range with NISHIKI.

Needs a bit of cleaning, oiling, tires and brake pads, bar tape and some other small misc items but otherwise is a fine looking old scooter..BTW the frame is a 56.5 CTC

Thanks

Jeff
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   :   Nishiki posted by John E on 9/20/2005 at 6:06:16 PM
Interesting. It certainly reads like a late 1970s successor to the Nishiki Competition. I wonder whether the original freewheel was a 14-18-22-28-34, which Nishiki often coupled with the 54-48 chainring combination for a pretty decent half-step ratio progression.
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AGE / VALUE:   Bridgestone Regulus posted by: ksmith on 9/20/2005 at 4:54:14 AM
Anyone have info on Bridgestone Regulus?

I've been riding my friend's old Bridgestone since he left town and LOVE IT. Its sleek and weighs less than my shoes, but its also a bit small for me (don't know the model). My friend stripped it down - took off the gears and even the rear brake - and it flies. I recently picked up my mountain bike and couldn't believe how heavy it was... easily 3 times as heavy.

So I have an opportunity to buy a Bridgestone Regulus, which I haven't seen and won't unless I travel to buy it. Any one know about them? Any advice?
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bridgestone Regulus posted by JONathan on 9/20/2005 at 8:11:28 AM
I have a "Regulus". I can send a pic. I rode it a few times after fixing it up, but now it sits in a shed. I thought someone would give it a go, but they got a new bike instead. Too bad, because it rides better than a new bike, IMHO and it ain't $500, either. But, that is the way with the good, but not top-of-line, VLW's. These were high-value bikes, with excellent components. The SunTour components will last a long time with a little TLC. The big weight difference you notice is mostly the front end of MTB's with suspension shocks packing the pounds...right where you don't need it for normal (non-jumping) riding. My "Regulus" handles OK for a bike built for all-around service, but it's not real quick off the line, like the "Spica" (another Bridgestone from that era). My "Regulus" is not chro-mo frame, but the tubing is butted steel, which makes for a lighter frame than the plain gauge pipes used in cheaper or more utility type bikes. It handles "light" because of the light components and lively frame construction. Alloy rims help quite a lot as does the MKS alloy pedals and alloy (SR) stem and bars. Cotterless cranks, too. Clean bike. Well worth what it cost new. A best-buy!
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: Bridgestone Regulus posted by sam on 9/24/2005 at 1:40:59 AM
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FOR SALE:Lenton Grand Prix Reg Harris Model posted by: paul on 9/19/2005 at 11:07:14 PM
531 main tubes, great graphics, all original save for tires and tubes, original bar tape and plugs, greenish gold color, CycloBenelux derailer, SA FM 4 speed steel, 3 cluster aft and single chainwheel fore, 27X1 and 1/4 Dunlop steel wheels. 1958 birth year, Britannia plastic mudguards off white, Brooks B16.....all unrestored but road worthy......new price $350 cash, delivery extra, Continental USA only....you'll like this machine!! ask for pic's! Thanks for looking! paul
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   RE:FOR SALE:Lenton Grand Prix Reg Harris Model posted by Dick on 9/20/2005 at 1:48:02 PM
Paul,
Approximate frame size?
Dick in L.A.
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FOR SALE:Lenton Grand Prix Reg Harris Model posted by: paul on 9/19/2005 at 11:07:14 PM
531 main tubes, great graphics, all original save for tires and tubes, original bar tape and plugs, greenish gold color, CycloBenelux derailer, SA FM 4 speed steel, 3 cluster aft and single chainwheel fore, 27X1 and 1/4 Dunlop steel wheels. 1958 birth year, Britannia plastic mudguards off white, Brooks B16.....all unrestored but road worthy......new price $350 cash, delivery extra, Continental USA only....you'll like this machine!! ask for pic's! Thanks for looking! paul
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