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Old 03-20-09, 01:19 PM   #276
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It sat in one place so long the tire was formed into the flat position near where the back of the rim meets the downtube( in the pic )
Really?!

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Mid-80's Univega Viva Touring. Currently mine, but hopefully if all goes well should have a new owner later today.

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This is an English trekking bike from the Eisenhower era. Currently it is a work in progress.
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Same bike as above, but cleaner & with new saddle, brake pads, tires....
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was that on ebay a week or so ago? I think i was watching that auction for a friend.
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Here is a cool Velo Sport Alpin I just finished cleaning and adjusting . Full Deore Group.

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was that on ebay a week or so ago? I think i was watching that auction for a friend.
Yes, it ended last night. $78 plus $30 shipping as shown in the photo. It looks pretty clean, and paint in good condition. Not the deal of the century, but I was willing to pay it. All I need now is some wheels.

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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.





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Same bike as above, but cleaner & with new saddle, brake pads, tires....
I like it! What's the make?

What happened to the under the seat saddle bag in the first photo set? It looks usable with a little cleaning

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I remember that the Vintage Touring Bike experience went like this:

PLINK! "Humm, that sounded like a spoke breaking."
PLINK! "Yup, that's a spoke all right."
PLINKITY! PLINK! PLINK! SCREEEEECH! "I hope I can get the freewheel off and have enough spare spokes."
At least it's not like the new school CF spoked racing bike experience.

CLICK! "Humm that sou".....WHAM!!,,,,BD
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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.
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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
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What bars are on here? They look comfy, but how is it riding on the hoods?
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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.
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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.
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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.
That's really nice. AFAIK there is one U.S. dealer for the modern Koga Miyatas; it's a dealer in Santa Barbara, Calif., with a generic name (Bike Commuter Store? or something like that, I always just google Koga Miyata Santa Barbara). They might know some history of the brand...
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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.
It's an 88. Also, I hate you. I would probably give up all of my other bikes to own a 1989 Randonneur Extra, but the odds of finding one for sale in the US are basically zilch, and I don't speak or read dutch.
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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.

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Here's mine: 1985 Panasonic Touring Deluxe. I this is the first week I've been out on it, and it's a nice ride.
(Sorry for the chaotic background clutter in this photo, but I haven't had a chance to take any outdoor pics yet.)

Does anyone know the Panasonic Touring Bike Hierarchy? I just picked one up on Ebay, from the bits and pieces of info. I've gathered its a 1985 Pro Touring model. The seller didn't know much about it. Its due to arrive on Wednesday, but from what I can tell, it has Deore deer head derailleurs, biopace triple with half step, DT shifters(seems odd to have put those on it) and brazeons for pretty much everything. Its burgandy with a silver/grey headtube.
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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'.
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It's an 88. Also, I hate you. I would probably give up all of my other bikes to own a 1989 Randonneur Extra, but the odds of finding one for sale in the US are basically zilch, and I don't speak or read dutch.
Thanks for the info--what indicates the model year on this one?

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.

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Thanks for the info--what indicates the model year on this one?
I just compared paint and frame features in the catalogs and your bike is indisputably identical to the 1988 model.

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It's a different model that is badged "RandonneurExtra." Eventually they dropped the randonneur model altogether for a while and there was only the extra version. In 1988 you are right, the difference was basically a chrome chainstay and downtube, as opposed to stem, shifter placement. Otherwise the frames and equipment spec seem to be exactly the same. Koga Miyata did this quite a bit actually, where different price points typically meant only very small equipment or detail changes. Which is why the "lesser" models can be such a bargain, because in some cases a drivetrain change will make them the equal of a pricier model. They didn't cheap out on the important part: the frame quality.

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Went for another ride today. Perfect.
You don't have to twist the knife, ya bastid.

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.
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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.


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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.
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