This bike has been posted before
, but then in the configuration I have ridden it in for the last 17 years, i.e. non-standard fork, pedals and brakes. Since I have got myself a brand-spanking new off-road toy, I have decided to retire it completely. From now on it will only serve duty as a Garage Queen and the occasional stroll along the canal in nice weather. As I have kept all the original parts, it was time to restore the bike to how it was when I bought it new in 1990.
So, ladies and gentlemen, here it is for your perusal and (hopefully) enjoyment: my 100% original 1990 Miyata Century.
The Trimble Roo handlebar and stem is a one-piece carbon fiber combo.
Even the computer - a Cateye Cordless 1 - is period correct. It is the world's first wireless cyclecomputer, ~1988.
Gold plated seat lug. Carbon fiber main tubes.
Gold plated bottom bracket shell. Note the square chainstay studs.
Shimano Deore XT II chainset (M730) and front derailleur (M735). SG chainrings.
Shimano Deore XT II brakes (M732). Ritchey MegaBite tyre on Ritchey Vantage rim.
Shimano Deore XT II rear derailleur (M735). Gold plated rear dropout.
Shimano HG70 cassette. Gold plated rear dropout.
Shimano Deore XT II rear hub (M732). Gold plated rear dropouts. The glue used for the bonding is clearly visible in the joints between the dropouts and seatstays.
Shimano HG90 chain.
Shimano Deore XT II pedal (M735)
Gold plated headtube, bearing the "100 years" commemorative head badge.
Old-style, 2mm thick brake cable.
Selle Italia Turbo special edition saddle with gold bling.
Chainstay protector is still in good nick. It has always had a sharkfin on top of it.
The Century was issued in 1990 by Miyata to commemorate 100 years of bicycle manufacturing. Only a limited number were built and they were not sold to the general public, but rather presented as gifts to leading bike importers and distributors around the world.
The front triangle of the frame is made of carbon fibre tubes, which are bonded to the alloy head tube, bottom bracket housing and seat cluster. Rear triangle of aluminium tubes with alloy rear dropouts. All alloy parts are gold plated. Yes, it is real gold!
1990 Miyata catalogue
And finally, the specifications, also from the 1990 catalogue:
Thats all, folks! Hope you like it