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    Larger Chainring Oregon Southpaw's Avatar
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    I wanted a B17, and there's a Univega attached to it...

    Hey guys...just looking for you to tell me "no" on a potential purchase here.

    I've been in the market for a B17 for quite some time and had been hoping to find one attached to a nice, inexpensive donor bike (dreaming, right?) Anyways, I was at Play It Again Sports of all places and there sat a Univega Gran Sport (low-end I believe but triple-butted chromo) fixified with a shiny new Brooks on it. All of the other POS bikes nearby are in the $200 range, so I figure there's no way this thing can be less than that price.

    $155. With the 20% coupon I have, that's less than $125 out the door. Unfortunately, the frame size is not right for me, and I have no real need for a fixie in my life anyway. That said, I'd love to go over it with a fine-toothed comb, clean it up real good, and sell it as a commuter single-speed (it already has fenders). I figure I could get $150 for a nice Univega Fixie/SS commuter right? (With a parts-bin saddle of course).

    God this is like an alcoholic asking a bar patron for sobriety tips...

    EDIT: The picture turned out terribly with only the saddle in the shot...grr
    Last edited by Oregon Southpaw; 09-05-10 at 05:26 PM.
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    If the seat is what you've been looking for (color, condition, etc.), I'd say go for it. Replace the seat on the Univega and post it on Craigslist for $100 or $125. In my neck of the woods a butted, lugged cromoly frame won't last a day at that price. That would be the cheapest way to get a B17.

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    Yea, what he said. Go get that thing before someone else does!
    On a side note, inexpensive bike with enough value to get a free Brooks out of the deal is how I got my team pro. In fact I think I made money on the deal.

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    Simple economics say "buy that bike!" A nice cromo Univega should easily go for the same price you paid with a new seat.

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    I have bought several whole bikes to harvest one or two parts. It has always worked out OK for me.
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    You are in Corvallis at the start of the school year. Throw a generic saddle on there, adjust stuff so it's reasonably in tune, and sell it for what you paid for it.

    Nice work, free Brooks.

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    Is it black? Just send me the Brooks and sell the rest of the bike

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    Larger Chainring Oregon Southpaw's Avatar
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    Its white, I'll be sure to bump the thread with pics.

    Other than a few water splotches, the Brooks is completely unbroken in.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dovetube View Post
    At times my crotch has thought the title to this thread.

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    san diego votes yes.

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    +1, I got my Brooks the same way, with a triple butted chromoly Univega attached. And the Univega was too big. I flipped it and kept the saddle. Net cost of the Brooks, $0. Go for it.
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