Hi Jim,

Here's my "Vivian", a 1983 Miyata 310, stripped and nickel plated. An ebay find as frame and fork, it's odyssey begun eight months ago... (cue the dreamy "remember-back" harp music) http:// www.bicyclefixation.com/50buckbike.html (Take a moment and read this tale - ed.)

Now, ready for weekend rides and short credit-card tours, Vivian's a far cry from my Mule (#86 Revised). She is smooth, quick, and nearly silent as she moves. Despite her slight handicap, she takes the worst bumps L.A. streets have to offer with equanimity. She is a lot of fun and my bestest riding buddy. Here are a few photos and a parts list for those who are interested.

Bars: Nitto Randonneur
Stem: Nitto Technomic
Levers: Shimano DuraAce
Shifters: Shimano Ultegra Bar-Cons
Headset: Chris King [CSR] pink

Mechanism: long reach ProMax/Kogswell 537
Brake pads: Koolstop

Freewheel: 7-speed Shimano 11/28
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio
Cranks: Sugino XD
Chainrings: 46/36/26
Front Derailleur: Suntour XC Ltd.
Bottom bracket: Shimano UN73
Pedals: MKS CR9
Toe clips: KTT
Clip straps: Allara yellow leather.

Rims: Sun Rims M13II
Front Hub: Suntour sealed bearing
Rear Hub: Phil Wood freewheel hub
Tires: 28mm Avocet Fastgrip K Duo Carbon-12 slicks.

Saddle: Worn-out-but-free Selle Itallia MTS
Seat post: nameless
Cable guide: Suntour, vintage

Best Regards,

Gina Morey


Vivian at the Fountain
Vivian Bar Detail
Vivian headbadge detail


Vivian stem detail


Vivian's Drivetrain detail



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