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    Senior Member Lamplight's Avatar
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    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?

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    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?

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    Here's an 84 Gran Premio I sold:









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



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    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!

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    Senior Member Lamplight's Avatar
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    Squeazel, thanks! And my fenders are 43mm Honjos from Velo Orange.

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

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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.
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    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.




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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
    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.

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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.
    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.
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    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!

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    My soft spot for green started with the univega.
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    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!


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





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








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


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    I recently traded for a Sport SS but don't have it cleaned up yet. My son has a 82 Sporttour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
    Ooh, since I've changed mine a little lately, does that mean I get to post a new picture of it?
    Absolutely! I was thinking of your bike when I bought the Gran Turismo. I'm going to shamelessly copy a few of your ideas...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post
    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!

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    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post
    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...).







    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 .

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

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
    Hey, they would look like brothers, or sisters. 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 .

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    I'm waiting to see BB's with the hammered mudguards and the oh-so-elegant bag .

    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)

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    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...


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