FOR SALE:   Miyata 1000 posted by: David Peterson on 5/25/2008 at 9:05:47 AM
Why are there no listings for Miyata under your "make" index? I have a Miyata 1000 series ??? touring bike from early 80's??? I am trying to find out about-- Value etc.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Miyata 1000 posted by David on 5/26/2008 at 3:49:15 AM
For value, look at Ebay for bikes like yours. Except for a few very unusual ones, old mass-produced bikes aren't worth a heckuva lot.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Miyata 1000 posted by Jake on 5/26/2008 at 9:34:32 PM
I'm looking for a miyata 1000. Are you still interesting in selling? Shoot me an email!


   RE:FOR SALE:   Miyata 1000 posted by Dave on 5/27/2008 at 5:55:17 AM
The Miyata 1000 was (and still is) one of the most sought after touring frames ever made.

   RE:RE:FOR SALE: Miyata 1000 posted by Warren on 5/27/2008 at 7:10:34 PM
Agreed! Amongst production frames anyway. I want one too.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Miyata 1000 posted by Stuart on 10/3/2008 at 10:48:37 AM
Is your Miyata 1000 still available?
If yes what frame size?

CUSTOMS:   U0-8 gearing posted by: Frank on 5/23/2008 at 7:13:07 PM
I a Peugot UO-8 which I would simply like to gear down. Can I just find a smaller front chain ring and swap out or is it a more painful process? ;-)

   RE:CUSTOMS: U0-8 gearing posted by Warren on 5/23/2008 at 8:21:22 PM
Maybe painful. Peugeot U0-8 's generally have "alpine" gearing to start with and I've never seen optional small chainrings. You could put a triple (TA?) chainset on it but that will cost more than the value of the bike.
You could also spread the frame and use a 6 or 7 cog early mtn bike freewheel with a suntour derailleur.


   RE:RE:CUSTOMS: U0-8 gearing posted by Frank on 5/24/2008 at 9:39:16 AM
Thanks for the helpful hint. Do you have any suggestions regarding an "early" mtn bike freewheel? Like others, I love the way the bike feels under me (don't go there) and of course the "oldie" thing as well. Would also like to know if others have found bikes that might most closely have the same feel/geometry but better quality.

   RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS: U0-8 gearing posted by Frank on 5/24/2008 at 9:48:01 AM
pushing the season


   RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS: U0-8 gearing posted by Warren on 5/24/2008 at 9:49:05 AM
It's not just a freewheel swap...your rear hub is french threaded so you would need a wheel rebuild. This may not be worth the expense and effort.
There's lots of vintage bikes out there. Keep looking.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS: U0-8 gearing posted by Frank on 5/24/2008 at 9:53:05 AM
Thanks again. Sorry about the photo. Still learning :-(

AGE / VALUE:   Benotto vintage 1974 posted by: John on 5/21/2008 at 2:17:33 PM
In my basement is a Benotto bike that I bought in 1974. I don't think I have used it since the 1980s. It's got all the original stuff; it has a sticker on it saying "Made in Italy."

If it has a specific model name or number, I can't find that on the bike.

Browsing the web, I see some indication that a bike like this might have some value to collectors and bike enthusiasts, in the hundreds of dollars. Is that likely?


   RE:AGE / VALUE: Benotto vintage 1974 posted by Warren on 5/21/2008 at 4:33:51 PM
Benotto made mediocre bikes and great bikes. Most are just mediocre. A big problem is that the frames had a history of cracking. The other complication is that many or most were made in Mexico. Purists want the high end bikes that were made in Italy. It's been said that many of the Mexico models were labelled with the Made in Italy stickers so pedigree is hard to determine.

If it's made from Columbus SL tubing and it's campag equipped then it's likely a great bike. If it's not butted Columbus and it's Shimano gears or somethin else then it's just OK. Value is dependent on all these details and condition.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Benotto vintage 1974 posted by Tom on 5/24/2008 at 6:08:27 PM
I have an old Benotto, too. I bought it in 1978 from a friend who'd bought it 3-4 years earlier. It's red. I've looked around on the net and seen little on them. There's one for sale on eBay for minimum $106 but the highest bid is $103.
My son wants to take away to college but I'm not sure if I should let it go. Until I find out more it stays at home.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Benotto vintage 1974 posted by Andre on 5/28/2008 at 9:31:03 AM
Don't let it go to College! Buy him a cheap beater for $100 and keep your nice frame. It will get stolen in less than a month!

MISC:   Looking for your input... posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles at on 5/19/2008 at 1:15:56 PM
A couple months ago we opened a small retail shop in an old coffin factory in an antique mall in Cambridge, MA.
Sounds cheery, eh? Really, it's a great place. Click on the picture of the old building above for directions and more info.

We're reconditioning and selling a lot of the used bicycles and single speeds and 3-speeds we find in our travels. Right now we can fit around 15 cycles at a time plus a few parts. But within the next couple weeks we'll begin expanding the space by about 300%. We'll stock around 40 used and vintage cycles and still have room for lots of oddball parts.

If this shop was in your neighborhood, what kind of cycles and parts would you like to see us stock?

Thanks for your input,


   RE:MISC:   Looking for your input... posted by Drew on 5/20/2008 at 6:12:05 AM
I think 3-speeds should be a main focus - everthing from cheaper domestic ones all the way up to really nice ones like Raleigh, Rudge, etc. Cover all prices ranges...$75 riders to beautiful classics. I think the 3-speed catagory will keep growing, even new bike makers are bringing out examples. When you think about it, most people only need a 3-speed bike, they sometimes just think they're Lance Armstrong and mistakenly buy a 21-speed. A friend just did a 800 mile tour on a 1970's Raleigh Sprite 5-speed which is another nice bike - one step up from the Sports (these can still be found for a song with many having been made made....a good model for a bike shop to sell).

The Enlgish classics are an investment you can use, someone I know just sold a pair of early 1960s Raleigh Sports for about $500. - they were super nice with Dynohub lighting, racks, etc.

   RE:MISC:   Looking for your input... posted by Steve on 5/23/2008 at 6:11:22 AM
YES, the 3 spds are nice & a joy to ride for most. There are also some lightweight single speeds & 5 speeds that are good sellers, too. I pick up a few every now & then, to re-sell. HINT= It seems like every buyer loves these bikes when they have rear spring-loaded, chrome racks/ front racks, wire baskets, woven baskets, etc. These can be found , in bulk, on E Bay .

WANTED:   Trade for Sturmey 4 speed trigger posted by: nikos on 5/18/2008 at 5:49:29 PM
Hello all,

I have a very nice sturmey archer 2 speed barrel shifter and a sturmey long handled 3 speed shifter-- the ones used just after WWII, pat #498820. Both are in good shape, the 3 speed is missing the spring.

Anyone want to trade for a working 4 speed trigger. cosmetics don't matter.