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Old 05-09-11, 07:31 AM   #1
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Univega Road Bike, info wanted please!

Hi everyone. I am new here and not an experienced biker so please forgive.

I was given a Univega road bike that a lady has had for many years. It needed new tires so I had to put those on before I could try it out. After doing so I decided I probably need a more upright bike. So I'd like to get some feedback on what this bike is worth. I'd like to sell it for at least what I paid to put the tires on! Can you tell me what a fair price is? I like to sell things for a good deal, not the absolute max that it's worth.

The writing on the frame says of course Univega. Additionally it says Tange champion chrome molybdenum double butted steel tubes. On the handlebar it says Sakae Custom Road Champion. I think its a ten speed. It rides nice and is quiet, brakes work but probably could be improved. Slight rust on the 'chrome colored' fixings near handlebars etc. Quick release wheels on front and back.

Is there a way to tell the year it was made? It is easily vintage IMO. I will post a picture after it's bath this morning.
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Old 05-09-11, 07:42 AM   #2
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condition and location mean alot in bike sales. also are you willing to packa dn ship or atleast take it somewhere for pack and shipping?

post some good pics of the bike and the type of components and well give you an idea of value
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Here's a picture. I'm in Austin Texas. As far as components, I see Shimano on the brakes but cannot really see any other brand info on other parts. If you have any tips/recommendations/examples how to specify more details of 'components', I'd be grateful.

Probably not willing to ship, but I would deliver locally.

The handlebars appear to be frozen; we were not able to get them to adjust upward.
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the handlebars being frozen could be a bad thing and reduce the price somewhat. I would have a hard time not disclosing that to a buyer.

as for the bike overall I would thinl, since a nice Mixte is hot right now, with a good cleaning and and waxing it may fetch $100. if you can do a tune up yourself you may get a bit more. one thing I see just looking at it is the rack is mounted incorrectly. the rack is mounted using the capnut on the brake instead of being mounted between the brake and the frame. this tells the rear brake is likely out of adjust ment. also that cable routing is known for rusting up and making the brake inoperative.

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Old 05-09-11, 09:15 AM   #5
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Will remount the bookrack, thanks! You said, "also that cable routing is known for rusting up and making the brake inoperative." is this fixable, if so how, and can I DIY or have to take to a bike shop?
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update: I took it to the shop so they could have a look at it and the consensus was that I wasn't willing to invest in fixing it because I really would rather have a more upright bike style with wider tires, so the guy bought it from me for the price I paid for the new tires (I got it free so what the heck), and I am fixing one of my husbands old MTB's in the garage and putting a bit of a riser handlebar on there.
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Vintage bikes are all about doing the rehab work yourself. 99% of the vintage bikes out there are not worth the cost of a LBS rehab. There are exceptions.
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