Miyata

Having never ridden (or seen, besides pictures of) a Miyata, can someone please
tell me just what is so great about this manufacturer?

I’ve used a Miyata seat, and it is a pretty nice design, but how about the
unicycle itself? How does it stack up to the rest, as far as weight, and
durablity?

I must also admit, the height does not seem particularly desireable – as a 6’
rider looking for a 20" uni, I’d need at the very least a seat post extention,
if not one of these custom conversons which have been mentioned in this group.

thanks for any info, jeff lutkus


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RE: Miyata

> Having never ridden (or seen, besides pictures of) a Miyata, can someone
> please tell me just what is so great about this manufacturer?

I can’t say too much about the manufacturer, though they have been a very big
sponsor of unicycling in Japan (nothing over here). They make a high quality
product. One thing I know for sure, their wheels (at least in the 80’s) are
built better than anything else I’ve used. After a couple years of abuse, back
in the days when I was learning most of my core skills, my 24" deluxe wheel
still didn’t need truing. After I rebuilt the wheel (new rim) and spoked it
myself, it was never the same.

> How does it stack up to the rest, as far as weight, and durablity?

It’s not the most durable out there, but it is one of the lightest. The
strength/weight ratio is excellent.

The best point I could probably offer, as mentioned by another writer, is that
if you go to any USA Nationals, or UNICON, you will see one brand of unicycle
that far outnumbers the others, even among riders in countries that have a hard
time getting them; the Miyata. Note: this statistic does not count China.

Among winners of the artistic unicycling competitions Miyata and custom built
unicycles are the most common.

Stay on top, John Foss

When not on the trail, on a Miyata

Re: Miyata

One thing that is very nice about the Miyata is the bearing holders. They allow
the bearings to spin very freely without binding. Lesser designs (anything made
in Taiwan) tend to pinch the bearings causing them not to spin as well. The
Miyata bearing design works very well for a freestyle oriented uni. The only
bearing designs that can compare to the Miyata design are the carefully machined
pillow block designs used on the DM’s and others like the Telford and the
bearing design on the Semcycle Deluxe (not the Semcycle XL).

john_childs

From: “Jeff Lutkus” <lutkus@hotmail.com>
>Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 08:11:10 EDT
>
>Having never ridden (or seen, besides pictures of) a Miyata, can someone please
>tell me just what is so great about this manufacturer? I’ve used a Miyata seat,
>and it is a pretty nice design, but how about the unicycle itself? How does it
>stack up to the rest, as far as weight, and durablity?
>
>I must also admit, the height does not seem particularly desireable – as a 6’
>rider looking for a 20" uni, I’d need at the very least a seat post extention,
>if not one of these custom conversons which have been mentioned in this group.
>
>thanks for any info, jeff lutkus


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RE: Miyata

Is there any “fix” for the bearings on the Semcycle XL? I have noticed that the
wheel spins much less freely than on either my old Schwin or my much abused
Miyata. I have been thinking that I would need to change the bearings, but after
reading this I am wondering if a mod is in order?

jd -----Original Message----- From: John Childs [mailto:john_childs@hotmail.com]
Sent: Monday, September 18, 2000 11:32 PM To: unicycling@winternet.com Subject:
Re: Miyata

One thing that is very nice about the Miyata is the bearing holders. They allow
the bearings to spin very freely without binding. Lesser designs (anything made
in Taiwan) tend to pinch the bearings causing them not to spin as well. The
Miyata bearing design works very well for a freestyle oriented uni. The only
bearing designs that can compare to the Miyata design are the carefully machined
pillow block designs used on the DM’s and others like the Telford and the
bearing design on the Semcycle Deluxe (not the Semcycle XL).

john_childs

From: “Jeff Lutkus” <lutkus@hotmail.com>
>Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 08:11:10 EDT
>
>Having never ridden (or seen, besides pictures of) a Miyata, can someone please
>tell me just what is so great about this manufacturer? I’ve used a Miyata seat,
>and it is a pretty nice design, but how about the unicycle itself? How does it
>stack up to the rest, as far as weight, and durablity?
>
>I must also admit, the height does not seem particularly desireable – as a

>6’ rider looking for a 20" uni, I’d need at the very least a seat post
>extention, if not one of these custom conversons which have been mentioned in
>this group.
>
>thanks for any info, jeff lutkus


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Re: Miyata

Common fault, you have too strong a right arm. Slacken off the nuts a
quarter turn.

Roger

 The UK's Unicycle Source <a href="http://www.unicycle.uk.com/">http://www.unicycle.uk.com/</a>

----- Original Message ----- From: “Dibble, John”
<John.Dibble@us.luxfercylinders.com> To: “‘John Childs’”
<john_childs@hotmail.com>; <unicycling@winternet.com> Sent: Tuesday, September
19, 2000 1:27 PM Subject: RE: Miyata

> Is there any “fix” for the bearings on the Semcycle XL? I have noticed
that
> the wheel spins much less freely than on either my old Schwin or my much
> abused Miyata. I have been thinking that I would need to change the bearings,
> but after reading this I am wondering if a mod is in order?
>
> jd -----Original Message----- From: John Childs
> [mailto:john_childs@hotmail.com] Sent: Monday, September 18, 2000 11:32 PM To:
> unicycling@winternet.com Subject: Re: Miyata
>
>
> One thing that is very nice about the Miyata is the bearing holders. They
> allow the bearings to spin very freely without binding. Lesser designs
> (anything made in Taiwan) tend to pinch the bearings causing them not to spin
> as well. The Miyata bearing design works very well for a freestyle oriented
> uni. The only bearing designs that can compare to the Miyata design are the
> carefully machined pillow block designs used on the DM’s
and
> others like the Telford and the bearing design on the Semcycle Deluxe (not the
> Semcycle XL).
>
> john_childs
>
>
>
> From: “Jeff Lutkus” <lutkus@hotmail.com>
> >Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 08:11:10 EDT
> >
> >Having never ridden (or seen, besides pictures of) a Miyata, can someone
> >please tell me just what is so great about this manufacturer? I’ve used a
> >Miyata seat, and it is a pretty nice design, but how about
the
> >unicycle itself? How does it stack up to the rest, as far as weight, and
> >durablity?
> >
> >I must also admit, the height does not seem particularly desireable – as
a
>
> >6’ rider looking for a 20" uni, I’d need at the very least a seat post
> >extention, if not one of these custom conversons which have been
mentioned
> >in this group.
> >
> >thanks for any info, jeff lutkus
>
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