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    That is SHARP now that you've got the blue tape/cables AND added the hoods .

    What's the next ride where we can see it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    That is SHARP now that you've got the blue tape/cables AND added the hoods .

    What's the next ride where we can see it?

    East Hill
    Thanks. To be honest, I haven't really put any real miles on it, so I'm a bit worried about a longer ride before I make sure it's sorted. If I get time to do some work on it this weekend I may ride it on the 7 Hills of Kirkland next Monday (I'm doing the 40mi route plus riding to/from the start, so it's a 70-ish mile day for me).

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    I'm still mulling that one over. I really wanted to go down to Maupin this year, but with Mr. East Hill's change of hours, it's not looking good for heading down there. But I could do the 7 Hills (although I'd have to use the Rodriguez, not the Sachs).

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    here's my recently acquired Grand Turismo
    needs new tires , brake hoods and derailleur adjustment
    and a good cleaning
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    Nice Gran Turismo. Looks like it hasn't been ridden much at all - I think that's the stock, original, suede covered Univega saddle, which (according to my memory) shows wear easily. It looks pretty new in the photo.

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    BengeBoy, the bike looks better than ever!

    nhsilverback, yet another fine Univega to add to this thread. Very nice!

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    Here is mixte I'm almost done with for my wifefe
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    i'm proud of scoring this for free

    blue gran turismo

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    Ooh nice find! Especially for free!

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    My Nuovo Sport is done:



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    Quote Originally Posted by robtown View Post
    My Nuovo Sport is done
    Well done at that

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    Here is my new 80s Univega. I replaced the tires, tubes, handlebar tape, and added some fenders. Everything else is original.


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    I've been on the hunt for the right Univega. Brought this one home last week, but not to be - it was too small, so I sold it. Went in 24 hours.

    Lovely original Sportour. The frame was in excellent shape - barely a scratch. Drivetrain was in good shape, but the wheels weren't so good.



    And so, I keep looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticwanos View Post

    The black stem and seat post have to go! It is so wrong with the sky blue. After seeing BlankCrows' bike, I can see what it is supposed to look like.
    I posted earlier, just after I acquired a sweet Gran Sprint that had been modified for someone else's taste. It took me a while, but I finally got everything together and have this Gran Sprint where I want it. The ride is almost effortless. (Wind is still wind. Hills are still hills. Nevertheless...) Ben Lawee made some great bikes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordBass View Post
    I've been on the hunt for the right Univega. Brought this one home last week, but not to be - it was too small, so I sold it. Went in 24 hours.

    Lovely original Sportour. The frame was in excellent shape - barely a scratch. Drivetrain was in good shape, but the wheels weren't so good.



    And so, I keep looking.
    That looks very familiar...

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    Looking at photos of the early Univega bikes, it appears that Univega was much like the Centurion brand: imported bikes that offered a really nice bike for the price...for less money than a comparable bike from the "famous" names.

    I had a Univega mountain bike that I liked a lot, because was one of the last mountain bikes sold with a really top quality steel frame, AND a rigid steel fork, which I prefer to suspension for the sorts of trails I ride. It was simply the nicest "feeling" mountain bike I've been on.

    Recently, a friend gave me a fifteen year old Univega hybrid, likely one of the cheapest Univega bikes ever sold. But, after a few adjustments, it turned out to be a great "grocery store" bike. Nothing special, just a bike that has provided many years of reliable service without costing much money.

    But, as a "rule of thumb", I'm guessing the "best" or more interesting Univega bikes are the early models. By around 1995, it seemed that Univega was simply trying to offer bike shops a "cheaper" bike...basic bikes at low prices.

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    I just picked this one up last week: 1986 Ital Sport. Original owner claims less than 80 miles. After going through it in detail, it's the truth. There are some chips in the paint from being stored in the back of a garage, but the cleanup was minimal. The Benotto tape was a bit tatty so that's been replaced with Fi'z:k, as were the Campy gum hoods that I pulled for a different project. They were replaced with black Modolos that I think work much better for this bike. The ride is superb, the full Triomphe components look and work beautifully (or perhaps they're part Triomphe/part Victory; I can never tell except for the Triomphe levers). Even the original tires show no wear whatsoever. I'll admit, I bought it cheap and intended to part it out. But now I'm in love with it even though it's too small for me. Not sure what to do with it now, but it deserves to be kept whole, dontcha think?






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    Quote Originally Posted by robtown View Post
    My Nuovo Sport is done:



    Bike looks great, but you should fix that chain.
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    Hey Everyone,

    I just joined the forum as I hadn't ridden a bike in years but recently bought an old Univega from Recycled Cycles in Seattle. The frame looked almost brand new, not any major scratches, it is double butted. I have been really enjoying getting out on it and having a good time. It is a viva sport, anyone know how old it might be going by the serial number of K604839. A spoke on the back wheel broke so they gave me a new wheel for free, along with the back gears as the others were stuck to the old wheel. It looks like its got new grip tape and I added some A520 pedals. It has Suntour components. I was thinking of getting some Planet Bike Freddy Fenders to put on this, would those work ok? If there was one thing worth upgrading on this bike what would it be? I know its not a great bike or anything but I was just wondering if there was anything worth upgrading as I currently get a lot of use out of it and probably will for some time. I am not very knowledgeable about bikes at this point so I was looking for any input. Well, anyhow, here are some pictures of it.



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    I am looking to buy a new-early 90's(I think) Gran Premio with Shimano 105 gruppo. However, I am not confident in my shifting abilities with the d/t shifters. Just tell me that everything will be ok, and that the bike I am looking at is a very nice steed to ride. Please just sound a LITTLE convincing!

    Edit: please note i have quite a sarcastic sense of humor, and you all seem so Univega enthusiastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boilerup67 View Post
    Just tell me that everything will be ok, and that the bike I am looking at is a very nice steed to ride.
    I have DT shifters on two of my bikes. Love 'em; nice change of pace. Really old school.

    Everything will be ok.

    The bike you are looking at is a nice steed to ride.

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    Could anyone tell me a little about the year my Gran Turismo is from? F297075 is the serial no., its blue. I had pictures up a while ago, but they got deleted. ANyone have any info?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soccersonoma10 View Post
    Could anyone tell me a little about the year my Gran Turismo is from? F297075 is the serial no., its blue. I had pictures up a while ago, but they got deleted. ANyone have any info?
    I know there is someone out there who knows this!

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    If it's Miyata-built, it could be from 1978 or 1977. My Gran Turismo is a Miyata-built bike from 1984 and the serial number starts with "M"- it's one year per letter, but I don't know if they skipped "J". But Univega used different manufacturers. T-Mar is the resident Japanese bike expert here; he will know more...

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    Here's updated pics of my 84ish SupraSport. I freed it from the kid carrier it's been hauling around the last three years and have taken it on a couple rides recently. To make it more road worthy I replaced the steel handlebars and chainrings for alloy ones, swapped the brake levers, put on a set of Campy high flange wheels, and added new Brooks and some red bar tape (still not sold on that but I bought 10 rolls of the stuff off ebay a couple months ago so I have to use it somewhere!). It's not a high class steed but still a fun ride.


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