The Improbable Bulk
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Univega Custom Ten Help
I am trying to figure out what I have... It is a Univega Custom Ten that doesn't seem to really exist...
After looking at Sheldon Brown's site, It looks like I have a 2003 model of a bike that ceased to be in 2001 (if the serial number pattern is right).
It is a lugged steel 23" frame, burgundy in color 27 x 1 & 1/4 tires. No quick release components.
Suntour Spirt (no typo, that's what it says) front derailleur
Solar crank (52-40) 165 mm
Square spindle in the bottom bracket
Suntour Seven rear derailleur
Suntour Perfect 14-28 cluster
Serial number 01003768
Any ideas about how old this bike is? I got it from a retired LBS owner's stock.
Also, what would be the easiest way for me to affordably get a lower gearing, should I locate a 14-34 cluster, or try to find a crank with a smaller chainring? I am 6' tall so I would guess advice concerning a longer crank might be a factor too.
This is just a bike to get into road cycling on a true road bike instead of my Giant Sedona, so I don't want to put a lot of money into a bike destined to provide a year of use (very likely to buy a new bike next year), and then be relegated to a beater status or given away... actually, I guess that you could consider it a beater now, I just want lower gears to haul my large body up hills until I lose some of it.
I am awaiting a wider set of bars, and have already installed a Brooks saddle so what should I do to make hills easier in the spring? I will ride at least one organized imperial century on this bike by this time next year, which is my only real goal, but I haven't selected any specific rides yet.
I know I don't have a prize winning bike by any stretch of the imagination, but any helpful advice would be welcome.
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