I recently noticed that someone out there had stumbled into my blog by searching for this bike, “1989 Miyata 512”. I’ve never written about that bike in here, but what’s weird is that I did own one. In 1989, in fact. When I was 15. Suppose it now makes sense to write about it.
I saw that Kevin Bacon bike messenger movie – Quicksilver – and had to have a road bike. I stopped at the beret though. I saved up and networked myself into getting a deal at a local shop. My 512 was lavender and white – not the most manly “colorway”, but I didn’t really care.
That Miyata was a lot of bike for a 15 year old kid; a seriously pretty good whip at that time. I rocked it up to Market Mall and to St. Francis High School as fast as I could make it go. I remember my friends on their mountain bikes pleading with me to take it easy, lavender and white colorway or not. I even had a hairnet. So here’s to you, Miyata 512, with your oval chainrings and Sugino component group – you got me going.
So how does all this relate to Greg Lemond? Well, it only does in my head, but it was just a few weeks after getting this bike that I saw Lemond win Le Tour for the second time, over French icon Laurent Fignon, by a still-standing record narrow margin of just 8 seconds. ‘Jack’ went on to win the World Championships that same year, and would would win his third Tour the following season, way before Lance was the patron of the peloton.
Give it up – 8 seconds for the Miyata 512 and LeMond’s epic victory, two things strongly correlated in my mind.