Status: Not for Sale (Wife's Bike)
Frame: Miyata Triple Butted Cr-Mo Tubing
Fork: Manga Light Manganese Steel
Groupset: Shimano Deore XT (3x9 speed)
My wife bought this bike in the fall of 1987 for a trip down the west coast of Canada and the USA from Vancouver to San Diego in March of 1988. I was riding my bike down the west coast as well and met her and her friends on the Coho Ferry while sailing from Victoria, British Columbia to Port Angeles, Washington. Two years later we were married.
She's had a couple other bikes since but she always goes back to this one. When the groupset wore out I turned it into a single speed. As she got older, the drop bars came off and mtb style went on. I built it into this set-up in the summer of 2022 so she could go bikepacking with me. I decided that it needed a fresh paint job over the winter so it would be ready for another 35 years of riding. Unfortunately, at this time, these are the only pictures I have from before the new paint and current build.
This Miyata has had a new lease on life. It's ready to go for another 35 years. The paint turned out amazing and the groupset works perfectly. The Shimano wheelset I found was the perfect addition as well as the silver and red matched perfectly. Cindy loves this bike. It's beautiful to look at and rides comfortably. Now, I just need to get her to go on a bikepacking trip with me!