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Trying to confirm bike is a 1989 Miele Gara

Old 11-24-20, 09:28 PM
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Trying to confirm bike is a 1989 Miele Gara

Scored a nice Miele over the weekend that should be a great bike for a friend of mine after it is rebuilt. From my research my best guess is a 89 Gara. Any info to confirm or point me in the right direction would be appreciated. Unfortunately I do not yet have picture posting privileges. I have put pictures of the bike in an album accessibly clicking on my user name. Thanks!
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Old 11-24-20, 10:53 PM
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Old 11-24-20, 10:58 PM
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I owned a 1990 Gara. My guess is that this is a lower model.

and looking closer, this bike doesn't even have the same vibe as mine.

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Old 11-25-20, 03:14 PM
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+1, it's definitely not a Gara, though it is circa 1988-1989. Based on the presence of dropout eyelets and the stay cap style, it's an entry level sports frame. Components appear to be mixed with the rear derailleur derailleur pre-dating the others. S/N and components models may aid in identification.
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Old 11-26-20, 11:20 AM
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OK, not a Gara.

I have searched everywhere for a SN on this bike and find none? BB shell, seat tube, seat stays....there are a series of photos of the bike in my user profile 9sorry still cant post photos...gotta be getting close).

The frame stripped is around 4.5 lbs...but it is a tiny frame.

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Old 11-26-20, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by gazman22 View Post
OK, not a Gara.

I have searched everywhere for a SN on this bike and find none? BB shell, seat tube, seat stays....there are a series of photos of the bike in my user profile 9sorry still cant post photos...gotta be getting close).

The frame stripped is around 4.5 lbs...but it is a tiny frame.
Yes, I saw the phots but they're not good enough for a positive identification of the components. It's probably best get the product code numbers off the back of the derailleurs (RD-xxxx and FD-xxxx), brakes (BR-xxxx), crankset (FC-xxxx) and rear hub (FH-xxxx or HB-xxxx). Still, I think we're going to find a mix which will complicate identification.

The seat post diameter may help us to narrow down the tubing manufacturer and level. Alternately, if you remove the fork, there may be a manufacturer and date code stamped on the steerer tube.

The serial number is typically stamped on the lower seat, between the BB shell and front derailleur clamp and usually on the back of the tube. That's if it's a Miele manufactured frame. Contract manufactured frames usually have it on the lower seat tube or BB shell, but it could be anywhere.
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Old 11-28-20, 10:28 PM
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I am interested in what you find out. I just brought home a Miele this weekend.
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Old 01-18-21, 07:38 PM
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T-Mar,
Thanks for your help with this, sorry there has been no progress on this bike. Hope to disassemble soon and will see if we can ID then.

Best,
Gary
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Old 01-18-21, 08:28 PM
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It could be a Lupa. Some stores had partially mixed parts based on older stock, etc. I think the Lupa was full 105, but I don't think your rear derailer is. It could be that they just had left over older derailers and put them on or was replaced at some point in time in the last 30+ years.
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