I signed up on this forum last year when I was looking to get my bike, well I fell in love with the look of a Koga Miyata advertised on LFGSS. It was very exciting waiting for a bike to arrive from another country!
It's a 1986 Koga Miyata Flyer with FM2 tubing and a HM2 fork. It has a Shimano Signature groupset I believe, which is Shimano 600 with a shiny crankset. It's pretty light weight and lovely to ride compared to the old Raleigh that introduced me to cycling.
I rode it around for a few days as it was, but was always planning on a Brooks saddle! At the time I wanted to keep it for a long time, so having the Brooks made sense. A friend had purchased the Brooks bar tape by mistake, so gave it to me, perfect!
As I was going into the last year of University, I made time to cycle everyday, and now I still get out on my bike at least 3 times a week, I couldn't imagine life without it! I've been for lots of adventures around Wales, with the Taff Trail being a favourite place to cruise along. For the winter I added some MKS mudguards, which required some p-clips to fit but matched the bike nicely. I even had some panniers at one point, but my housemate last year usually carried any extras when we went on rides together.
I've got a problem at the moment however, as the freehub is worn out, making a constant clicking noise and not always turning freely when I try to freewheel. I'm not sure what to do, as a new cassette won't fit, I can't find a freehub for a 10 speed and if I replaced the wheel with a modern one I'm worried that the rest of my drivetrain won't work with the extra gears.
I look forward to all the rides to come and never want to let go of my little old bike!
One of my first rides on the bike:
First time out on the Brooks and some toeclips!
My driving gloves match it well too, even if they're a bit Alan Partridge!
This is where the Taff Trail gets interesting!
Outdone by my housemate on their Single Speed up a mountain!
Bristol to Bath with a friend, now with the mudguards fitted.
And in Bath, it's not always so clean sadly!