Well, I did it. For $20 I got the Univega Viva Sport 12 speed. The guy called me and I took a look in the dark (and a one-block ride). I figured I couldn't lose for $20 so I bought it and brought it home.
Here's what it has:
The frame has a decal which says Wheel 2 Transit Authority. God only knows what that means.
The shifters are Suntour. The frame has a decal saying it's Chromoly Tripple Butted.
The derailleurs areSuntour LePose.
The brakes are Diacompe (never heard of it).
The rims have a decal which says Araya Rim 27x1. The tires are whitewall, and look to be very old. They do hold air, but the rubber looks just sort of soft, if you know what I mean.
The bars have almost no tape, and what's there is pretty crappy.
Even though I prefer flatbars, I think I can handle this one for short trips (2-3 miles to the gym and back). When I ride on the tops (?) of the bars it's almost like a flatbar.
Shifting is weird, with the shifters down the frame. But it does shift.
Oh yeah...the brakes work, but they are really out of tune. They need adjusting badly.
So....fellow gearheads and wrenches -- NOW WHAT DO I DO???
Do i take it to the LBS and have them tune it up? Can I do some things myself (remember, I ain't mechanical).
Did i get a good deal? Any idea how old it might be?
Oh fiddlesticks -- I just realized I've lost my last excuse for not going to the gym. Sigh.