Today I pulled below FullPro out its box. This FullPro is 9 years earlier. It is from 1981. The bike originally belonged to girl who used it to pedal to her boyfriend a couple of times. The relation ended and the bike didn't see use anymore. I got hands on it three years ago. Initially I had it parked in the living room and enjoyed looking at it, but after a while I stored it away covered with a thick layer silicone spray. I never rode it, as it is too small. It is a 57DD, where DD denotes Dyna-Drive. Dyna-Drive is Shimano's pedal system that allows that your feet are positioned in the center of the virtual pedal axle. As your feet are positioned about 1.5cm lower than on a conventional pedal, Miyata corrected the frame for use with DD pedals. Hence it has the length of a conventional 57 frame, but it is a bit lower.
The 1981 FullPro is a full Dura-Ace EX bike. It has features like the light aluminium headset with weird shape nuts and also rear mech with hatch plate design (no need to break the chain). Not pictured is the cockpit consisting of Cinelli 1A stem, Campione del Mondo bars and yellow Pelten tape. This is a bit Italian flair that was not original equipment.
Glimpse of frame detailing >>>
Tange Champion, investment cast seatlug >>>
Serial starting with 'I' tells us the frame was built in 1980 >>>
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