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Lamplight 02-20-08 07:04 PM

Squeasel, great bike! It looks like ours share several components in common, though yours has the nifty low-rider mounts in the front. Maybe the Specialissima was more for light touring?

Squeazel 02-20-08 08:20 PM

Thanks, LL, and your Specialissima is a thing of beauty. I love the seatbag and the hammered fenders!

Scanning thru the web and Ebay, I realize that different years of the Gran Turismo had different features- I believe the '83s didn't have the low-rider mounts, and some of the earlier ones didn't even have canti brakes.

I think I'll mount my bell on the side of the stem like yours. BTW, who makes those fenders?

dannyg1 02-20-08 09:10 PM

Here's an 84 Gran Premio I sold:

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o...gasidefull.jpg

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o...gashifters.jpg

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o...eatlugrear.jpg
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o...tlugdetail.jpg
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o...champdecal.jpg
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o...gahbarwrap.jpg

Bogester 02-20-08 09:14 PM

Here's my pre-canti Gran Turismo (79-80ish). A great riding bike.


http://farm1.static.flickr.com/73/19...79407d.jpg?v=0

Squeazel 02-21-08 12:15 PM

Another beautiful bike, Bogester. I especially like the honey Brooks saddle with the tan paint- really classic! Looks like a 25 inch bike like mine- so I know it rides nice too!

Lamplight 02-21-08 04:15 PM

Squeazel, thanks! And my fenders are 43mm Honjos from Velo Orange.

Bogester and Dannyg1, two more great looking Univegas! This thread is awesome.

PolishGuy 02-21-08 05:34 PM

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Here, again, is my 1982 Superstrada. I'm considering selling it as I've become more interested in small wheeled bikes. PG.

Bogester 02-21-08 07:49 PM

Hello Univegians,
Here's my other Univega. This one is currently set up with a kid carrier so it doesn't get a lot of use.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/178/4...dee44f.jpg?v=0

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/176/4...215caf.jpg?v=0

Mooninbloom 02-21-08 08:47 PM

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Originally Posted by T-Mar (Post 6201870)
Definitely a 1986, Miyata built model. Based on the limited description, it appears to fall somewhere in the range of the Miyata 310 and 710, which makes it a lower mid-range model and around $375-$400 US. I do have specs for a 1985 Univaga Gran Sprint with triple butted CrMo, Signature crank and Cyclone derailleurs for $359 US. This appears to be your model's predecessor and corroborates the price range, given a slight price increase for 1986.

Thanks so much! I'll post pics when I get the chance. I've been looking online forever for information about this thing.

Awesome.

roccobike 02-21-08 10:32 PM

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All this nice steel, I think I'll be different and post an aluminum Univega.;) Here is a 1988 NuovoTech 450. This is one of those aluminum main frame, chromoly fork and stays bikes. I picked up at a garage sale for $10. The guy tried to clean the chain by removing the chain rings, (huh???) Anyway when I bought it the chain rings were missing. I paid the $10, started walking away, then he says, "Oh, you'll need this" and hands me a bag with two chain rings, bolts and spacers. :o
Shortly after taking these pics I reassembled it. I've taken it on a couple of rides. It's surprisingly smooth riding, not harsh like an all aluminum bike. It has a Shimano Exage Sport 12 speed index groupo.

escii_35 02-22-08 01:23 PM

Univega Green
 
UNIVEGA GREEN

Still my favorite color of all time!!

I know he used it on a "few styles"
25 inch, 27in tires Triple Butted Lugged (miyata) 1986 Nouvo Sport. Cry. I face planted on a classic porche one day and totaled it.
See roccobike jpg for an alu pic
My friend has a doubled butted steel Nouvo Sport from 1987 to 1989.

I have three green bikes but if I EVER see one in that color and in my size its MINE!

Current Green Bikes:
1994 Cannondale metallic green
2006 Rodreguiz British Racing Green
1994 Bianchi EL-OS Celeste

My soft spot for green started with the univega.

intheshop 02-22-08 04:12 PM

Here's my Sportour for the tribute. I believe it's a Miyata made frame, nice lug-work with the diamond cutouts. I made some changes and upgrades. It's a great long-distance ride with 50/34 crankset and 28 tooth cogset. Suntour Cyclone drivetrain and brakes. I am always impressed with the quality of these bikes. Keep 'em coming!

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...p/DSC03181.jpg

thestoutdog 02-22-08 08:35 PM

[QUOTE=Squeazel;6201732]Here's my pride and joy :

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...2/univega1.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...2/univega2.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...2/univega3.jpg

Squeazel, That is one B-E-A-uitful ride!!

BengeBoy 05-03-08 05:44 PM

I finally tracked down what I wanted -- a Univega touring bike to replace the Specialissima I gave away some years ago.

This is a Gran Turismo - practically NOS. Original Univega tires, original foam handlebar pads, no chain wear. I'm planning to clean, upgrade a few things, and use it for a commuter...I think I get extra points for the perfect pink paint, don't I? You all have posted some great ideas in this thread; I'm going to steal a few and will post my "after" photos when I'm done (likely months from now...).


http://i26.tinypic.com/2sbms9f.jpg


http://i30.tinypic.com/ekgphh.jpg

http://i26.tinypic.com/155rwgj.jpg

Lamplight 05-03-08 05:53 PM

Ooh, since I've changed mine a little lately, does that mean I get to post a new picture of it? :D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...red-2small.jpg

robtown 05-03-08 05:59 PM

I recently traded for a Sport SS but don't have it cleaned up yet. My son has a 82 Sporttour.
http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/8...01758cj.th.jpghttp://img234.imageshack.us/img234/6...01790ds.th.jpghttp://img232.imageshack.us/img232/1...01832ne.th.jpg

BengeBoy 05-03-08 06:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Lamplight (Post 6631353)
Ooh, since I've changed mine a little lately, does that mean I get to post a new picture of it? :D

Absolutely! I was thinking of your bike when I bought the Gran Turismo. I'm going to shamelessly copy a few of your ideas...

Lamplight 05-03-08 11:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BengeBoy (Post 6631397)
Absolutely! I was thinking of your bike when I bought the Gran Turismo. I'm going to shamelessly copy a few of your ideas...

No shame in that! I think that bike would look just perfect with some Honjos and a Berthoud bag. :) It looks great as it is, BTW. I wish mine had the lowrider mounts on the fork like that!

Mike552 05-04-08 12:00 AM

DAMN, there are some really nice 'vegas here!!! The only one I owned was a MTB made of hi-ten steel. Heavy as all hell, but after looking at some of these joints I will need to add Univega to the short list of names for vintage buys.

stringbreaker 05-04-08 02:07 AM

This is the before and in a few weeks I'm going to show the after. Its ugly I know but when I get it done for my wife it will be a sight for sure. http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/b...100_1656-1.jpg

East Hill 05-04-08 04:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BengeBoy (Post 6631310)
I finally tracked down what I wanted -- a Univega touring bike to replace the Specialissima I gave away some years ago.

This is a Gran Turismo - practically NOS. Original Univega tires, original foam handlebar pads, no chain wear. I'm planning to clean, upgrade a few things, and use it for a commuter...I think I get extra points for the perfect pink paint, don't I? You all have posted some great ideas in this thread; I'm going to steal a few and will post my "after" photos when I'm done (likely months from now...).


http://i26.tinypic.com/2sbms9f.jpg


http://i30.tinypic.com/ekgphh.jpg

http://i26.tinypic.com/155rwgj.jpg

You know, if it were not for the fact that you are considerably taller than I am, I would be SOOOO envious of you having that bike.

You will definitely have to post some after photos, so we can see a comparision between yours and Lamplight's :) .

East Hill

Lamplight 05-04-08 06:01 PM

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Originally Posted by East Hill (Post 6635353)
You will definitely have to post some after photos, so we can see a comparision between yours and Lamplight's :) .

East Hill

Hey, they would look like brothers, or sisters. :D Of course, his appears to have far fewer chips and scratches than mine!

East Hill 05-04-08 07:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lamplight (Post 6635810)
Hey, they would look like brothers, or sisters. :D Of course, his appears to have far fewer chips and scratches than mine!

I'm waiting to see BB's with the hammered mudguards and the oh-so-elegant bag :D .

East Hill

BengeBoy 05-04-08 07:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by East Hill (Post 6636235)
I'm waiting to see BB's with the hammered mudguards and the oh-so-elegant bag :D .

East Hill

Hah! You're talking $$ now. I just bought some pedals, pump, tires and tubes and spent more than I did on the bike.

I'm thinking Velo Orange metal fenders ($38); blue brake cable housing; blue handlebar wrap; and then I'll put my black Carradice bag on the back. Also, pull off the dork disk, reflectors, double-death brake levers, etc.

I also have a Nitto stem I'm going to pull off another bike, as I have another stem for that.

(Nice seeing you today, BTW, East Hill -- assume your RD got fixed. I headed out of Orting for another 10 miles so I'd get a full metric century, and then headed back. IMHO was not the nicest ride back; lots of crowded suburban streets with a surprising amount of trucks on the road for a Sunday)

BengeBoy 05-18-08 10:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by East Hill (Post 6635353)
You know, if it were not for the fact that you are considerably taller than I am, I would be SOOOO envious of you having that bike....You will definitely have to post some after photos, so we can see a comparision between yours and Lamplight's :) .

East Hill

OK, here it is w/new handlebar tape, brake levers, stem, pedals, water bottle, pump, tires, tubes, cable housing and cables. Unbelievable what great shape this bike is in -- I need to repack the hubs w/grease, other than that everything is tight and ready to roll. The paint/decals are 99.5% perfect, too.

I still need to pick some fenders...

http://i26.tinypic.com/33fgjl4.jpg


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