Meet Remy (a mid-1980s Vietnamese Miyata commuter bicycle)

Meet Remy (a mid-1980s Vietnamese Miyata commuter bicycle)

Look what we picked up via Kijiji:

(photo via Kijiji)
(photo via Kijiji)

The previous owners brought it home from their travels in Vietnam. It’s a single-speed steel-frame Miyata Remy with a Thai Binh headbadge and lots of parts stamped made-in-Japan. There’s a frame lock (with key!), a kickstand, front basket, rear rack, a National (Made In Japan) bottle generator headlamp on a braze-on, a Karasawa drum brake, and 26-inch wheels. The frame is enough shorter than the standard North American bike that the previous owners had listed it as having 24-inch wheels. It’s kitted out in standard practical southeast-Asian commuter style. Both tires were flat, and it hadn’t been ridden in awhile, so I took it to my favorite LBS for some love. Not realizing it had 26 inch wheels, I bought it originally for my daughter, but now it’s destined for Angel’s fleet, if Monica can figure out a way to upgrade it to multiple speeds (adding a cog and derailleur? new 3-speed hub?).

Miyata REMY chainguard decal
Miyata REMY chainguard decal
Miyata REMY "for beautiful cycle life" tube decal
Miyata REMY “for beautiful cycle life” tube decal
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A view of the downtube decals and Thai Binh headbadge

The style of the decals compared with vintage Miyata catalogues places this bike between 1984-1988. The pearly purple paint with slight damage kind of says 80s to me, too. The usual searches yield nothing that looks anything like it, but then, people never lovingly photograph ubiquitous bikes, do they?

TB155 = serial number, with TB no doubt standing for Thai Binh. (If you have a single letter at the front of your vintage Miyata’s serial number, this list might prove helpful.) I can’t find any further information on this marque, but Thai Binh is a province of Vietnam. So the bike was indeed made in Japan for export to the Vietnamese market.

Rear hub stamped 7H, SUZUE, Made In Japan. The front hub is also made by Suzue. My guess is that the 7H is a manufacturer’s date stamp, so maybe this is a 1987-August hub, but nobody seems to have put a list online that I can check it against.

bottlegenerator
Bottle generator and headlamp
Karasawa label on the edge of the drum brake
Karasawa label on the edge of the drum brake
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