Saturday, March 17, 2007

Miyata Commuter Revised!

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originally uploaded by frickercycle.
Well, I wanted to post a photo of the Miyata 210 winter commuter I built up, as it is now. After a few weeks trying to love Albatross bars, I gave up and switched to Moustache bars. Much better! It's more comfortable for me, feels faster, and the handling feels more secure and familiar. Maybe the Albatrosses will find a home on another bike someday.

2 comments:

Kristin said...

Hey, I just bought a Miyata 210, and I'm thinking about using bar end shifters instead of down tube ones currently on there. Not sure what to get though, seems like the 6-speed freewheel might make it difficult to find something that will work; what did you use? I'm using this bike to learn how to actually fix things, since I tend to just take my bikes to the mechanic rather then working on them myself. :) Thanks!

MichaelJRyan said...

Kristin.
I just got a Miyata 210, and I changed the down tube shifters to bar end shifters.
I used the Rivendell Silver shifters. They work in friction mode, and the number of gears doesn't matter.
Not cheap, but they sure are nice.
http://www.rivbike.com/products/list/shifters_and_derailers#product=none
You could also use the Shimano bar end shifters (in friction mode), or the sunrace shifters ON the bars (cheap but they work well) A bike shop near my home (Recycled cycles)also sells used Suntour bar end shifters sometimes, and that would be a great way to go, too. Good luck.