Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Little Rock, AR
Bikes: '84 Schwinn le tour luxe, unknown Vesta
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Vista "super pacer"?
Hi, so this seems to be about the only place on the internets with any information on Vista bicycles. From what I've read here, they were manufactured by Columbia bicycles in America in the 1970s, and sold to a Taiwanese company and produced until the early 1980s. They had a range of low to mid-level bicycles, maybe some upper-mids?
I have a green Vista, the exact model I can't be sure of as the sticker is mostly worn away. My best guess is that it used to say "Super pacer". It's a 10-speed, with a Shimano Altus derailleur. The pedal shafts say "Idol" and also have a "S" emblem, made of aluminum. Shimano shifters, Koba japanese luggage rack, CC Viscount seat, the handlebar post emblem reads "SR". Front decal reads Visa, made in Taiwan.
I guess I have a few questions. It would be nice to know if there really was a "Super Pacer" or if I'm reading the sticker remnants wrong. I don't suppose it's too likely I'll be able to nail down the year or production (there is a serial #, but with so little record of this company, doubt it'll be useful). Would this be a low or mid range model? It's got a nice, classic styling, and might be worth some fixing up (mainly cleaning the aluminum and touching up the paint, though the rust on the front fork is a bit worrying). Is there a recommended source for a complete novice looking to spruce up a vintage bike?