Mid-80's Univega Viva Touring. Currently mine, but hopefully if all goes well should have a new owner later today.
This is an English trekking bike from the Eisenhower era. Currently it is a work in progress.
Same bike as above, but cleaner & with new saddle, brake pads, tires....
Here is a cool Velo Sport Alpin I just finished cleaning and adjusting . Full Deore Group.
Here's the update on the Volkscycle Mark 100. It rides good like a vintage lightweight should, lol.,,,,BD
I find it strange they played up the whole "VC" logo on both DT decals and headbadge, so soon after the Vietnam war. It probably turned a few potential buyers off I imagine? The "VC"
logo on the down tube is even bright red for cripes sake.
What happened to the under the seat saddle bag in the first photo set? It looks usable with a little cleaning :)
Is that a "Pocket Vise" or a "Mini Vise"? I've been looking for one of those but can't remember what it was called.
I rode the Volks to work today. On the way home I heard someone say "Hey" from a car while approaching a red light. Relunctantly I turned to see what was up, and was met with a guy abou my age or a little older. He looked a little like Jackson Brown of all people, lol. He asked me what brand of bike it was. I reponded with the name, and he asked me if you could still buy them new. I notified him it was made about 1972 or 73, and he nodded looking a little disappointed. He then began talking a little about his old Nishiki he used to ride, and other light conversation. The light turned green, and the driver of the car began to pull away. He waved, and as the car pulled ahead of me I heard him speak as he turned to the driver of the car. I faintly caught a "1973, and it looks brand new!" I had a smile on my face the rest of the way home, even in the light to medium rain that caught me unaware.,,,,BD
Riding on the hoods is nice, especially if you run sti's or ergo's. Before I had it on this bike I ran it on a road bike that'd I'd do 75-130 mile days on and it was great, if you can get past the looks.
I really like riding in the drops though because it's not too low, and it's a wide grip. I have broad shoulders so I find it to be very comfortable. If you ride on the top, especially with as tall a stem like I'm running, you're really straight up.
The key for me on long tours is to have a bunch of options to move around, which these bars provide very nicely.
They're pricey at $51. I was lucky and found them at a bike swap, brand new with no packaging for $15.
My '88/'89 (best guess based on components) Koga Miyata Randonneur. Not much on the webs about these. I haven't posted in the BF touring section, but a search brought up zero hits. Most of what I find is in German (which is where this bike is from originally) and mostly concerns the newer aluminum version.
Here's the rundown on mine:
Shimano 600 brakes
New Ultegra bar ends
Shimano 600 cranks (w/ biopace small and middle ring...I actually like 'em)
Shimano 'deer head' FD
Suntour XCD 6000 Accushift RD (I'd never seen this one before--it looks and functions great)
Shimano 105 hubs w/ Mavic M3cd rims
Just took it for a shakedown ride yesterday and it rode flawlessly.
A pic of my 1980 Fuji America, taken yesterday, all stock except that the bar ends have been swapped out for Suntour Superbe dt shifters, a Fujita Belt saddle instead of a Fujita Professional (looking for one of those, hint, hint), MKS road pedals swapped for MKS Tourist, and of course the handlebar wrap, about which all I can say is that it looks better in person than in pictures.
Here's a pic of my 1983 Mercian/Williams tourer.
Been seen before but in different guise.
Found a pair of wheels, Mavic MA3s with Shimano 600 hubs, which have bronze anodised rims to match the frame paint and the hubs match perfectly the Shimano 600 group-set.
Black guards/fenders complete my 'stealth tourer'.
I've also wondered: is the Randonneur Extra a different version of this bike with chromed stays, or is the full name simply Randonneur Extra (mine says 'Randonneur' only)?
Went for another ride today. Perfect.
The only thing I noticed is a little bit of play in the front brake lever. I switched to an aero version of the Shimano 600 lever, not realizing I'd have to procure special ferrules to complete the job. Well, I finally finished and now the lever vibrates just enough to drive me crazy (noises like this are a special pet peeve of mine). I think it has to do with the way the housing and ferrule are seated inside the lever, coupled with the tight bend from the bar to the cable adjuster. I can't get it to go away. For the sake of comfort and OCD I think I'm going to switch over to some Cane Creek SCR 5s that I have. These also have a built in quick release which would be nice for tire changes.
I hate to lose the look of the 600s, but this might be a case where function wins over fashion.
Funny, I'm soon performing a "fashion over function" brake lever switch. I prefer both the aesthetics (in terms of shape) and the wider bodies of the Tektro aero levers, but one of my bikes needs white hoods which means Shimano.
Here's my real touring bike...
It's a Quebec-made mid-80's Velosport Everest. Could use a repaint, but otherwise in very good shape. Lugged, of course... Tange Infinity.
I almost prefer riding this over my more race-like sport touring bike. It's slower, but it doesn't demand to be ridden fast, and nobody feels like they should be racing me, nor me them. I like that.
Swedish made Mustang (1985). Decent tourer equipped with 12-sp Tourney system. Frame by Miki/Sakai (63 cm). The bar is newly built. Brooks handles. "invisable" SKS mudguards. I´m still looking for a front rack...and a Brooks front bag.