I sold my 1991 Miyata 1000 LT Touring bike today.
This was worse than having my dog die. This was the bike that was explicitly tied to the origin of my desire to bike around the world.
That seed of an idea was planted when I met a crazy Canadian biking in Ecuador during a summer break from university back in 1990. I had never seen or heard of anyone traveling by bicycle. It was brilliant and cheap (two years into university and I was already ladened with debt). At that moment I decided was going to bike around the world one day.
During my cooperative education work assignment as an engineering student, I purchased a brand new, forest green, 1991 Miyata 1000 LT. At the time, it seemed like a small fortune – I could have bought the equivalent of a beater car. I joyously used it to commute back and forth to my job at Argonne National Lab outside of Chicago. It was a beautiful steel bike that rode like a dream.
After graduation we took a short trip down the east coast of the USA (Virginia through Georgia) before going to work. Later in Austin, it was once again my commuter. The 700c wheels (as opposed to the more ubiquitous 26”) were the only thing keeping me from taking it on my England to Singapore trip. The wheel size choice of 26 inch was one I never regreted.
So thank you very much, Miyata 1000 LT. It was a privilege to have spent so much time and seen so many things with you. I’m sure Randy will take care of you (you’re getting a fresh new paint job I’ve heard). He’s got a travel bug of his own.