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Old 05-03-08, 05:37 PM   #1
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Perils of a rainy day: N-1, N-1, N+1

Got up. Got dressed for a ride. Started to rain. I didn't feel like riding in the rain today (I'm doing a metric century tomorrow and I didn't feel like going through the get wet -clean the bike - load the bike cycle.). Went back inside.

What to do? Loaded up the two old bikes that I was going to donate to the local bike co-op (they teach kids how to work on bikes, give bikes to kids, sell used bikes to fund their programs). Dropped off the bikes.

On the way home, I headed off to second hand store to look at the classic Univega that I'd seen on Craigslist. Dangerous combination: me. Empty SUV. Two empty spaces in the garage. Rainy Day. Told myself I would only buy it if the paint was *perfect*, as advertised.

So, here it is: amazing, big, pink Univega Gran Turismo. Dates from the 80's (late 80's, I think).

Always wanted a pink bike. Always wanted to replace the fantastic Univega Specialissima touring bike that I gave away when I moved to London in 1999. This bike appears to have been ridden less than 1000 miles -- still has original "Univega" tires w/little wear; not a single wear point or chip in the (spectacular pink) paint (the flecks in the photo are dust). The cheesy, original foam handlebar padding is lightly worn (and my memory of the 80's foam stuff is that it tore to pieces after 20 or 30 rides; so this bike hasn't seen a lot of use). Decals are perfect, 100% new condition. Includes a lightly used Brooks B17 -- looks to me like the original owner took the Brooks from another bike, put it on the Univega, road it for a summer, and then put it away.

It had been sitting in the shop unsold for a year (I guess no other tall folks wanted a pink bike...it's a 61cm frame). Bike is beautifully built for touring -- double eyelets in the back, long chainstays, 42-inch wheel base, relaxed geometry, eyelets on front fork for a rack, Shimano triple crankset, cantilever brakes.


This will be my summer commuter when I'm done with it....am not sure whether to modernize it just a bit as is or possibly try to spread the frame and put in a Shimano Nexus internal hub and make this an evil pink commuting machine.

I love used bikes...







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Old 05-03-08, 05:51 PM   #2
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Very cool - did you ride her yet? Please tell us what incredibly low price you paid. - the Brooks is worth $40 and already broken
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What a beauty! What size is she? She matches my helmet.
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What a beauty! What size is she? She matches my helmet.
About 61 cm. I'm almost 6'3", the bike is close to fitting me as shown (might lower the seat a bit).
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What size is she?
By the way, who says it's a "she"? Now I'm feeling insecure.
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Well done, BengeBoy!

I am just over the mountain from you and also had a ride planned. My twin daughters are having their 13th birthday today, with nine other girls invited over to help them celebrate. I was granted liberty by the wife to go for a ride during the party, but it's been drizzling and windy all day. I grew up in the rain and it holds no appeal to me while cycling. Went and took a nap instead, and since I slept through 11 thirteen-year-old girls having a party, I guess I was indeed tired out!

Tomorrow it's supposed to be sunny and in the high sixties here. I'll be looking forward to doing that ride.

Congrats on the pink bicycle. It looks in remarkably good shape!
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Nice find. Univegas are very good bikes. You and robtown are getting my N+1 juices flowing again. Let's see...hmmm...I used to have a thrift shop route...
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By the way, who says it's a "she"?
In the English language, machines are always female. Don't ask me why, they just are. Especially pink ones, though.
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Biopace chainrings even. Cool. I guess you've got to be big to ride a pink bike...
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I guess you've got to be big to ride a pink bike...
Yes - big, mean, and incredibly secure.

At least I was secure, until Yen called "it" a "she."
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OK! He! It's a He!
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Just as long as it does not fall into the "it" or "thing" categorie.
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"She" usually means the thing is high maintenance. Lots of time and money invested to keep them happy!
I'm so jealous of the pink.
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Nice find. You're secure enough to ride a pink bike but you get hung up on whether it's a he or a she?
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[QUOTE=BengeBoy;6631275This will be my summer commuter when I'm done with it....am not sure whether to modernize it just a bit as is or possibly try to spread the frame and put in a Shimano Nexus internal hub and make this an evil pink commuting machine.[/QUOTE]

You might not have to mess with respacing the rear triangle. My QBP book lists the Nexus-3 coaster brake hub as 120mm OLD and the Nexus-7 coaster brake as 127mm OLD.

The 7-speed rim brake version only comes in 130mm but I'm thinking that it shouldn't take much effort to lose a 5mm spacer on the left side.
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Nice find. You're secure enough to ride a pink bike but you get hung up on whether it's a he or a she?
Actually, I'm not hung up, the bike is. I'm letting him/her sort its gender out on its own, without external pressure.

Am thinking of naming him/her "Divine."

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You might not have to mess with respacing the rear triangle. My QBP book lists the Nexus-3 coaster brake hub as 120mm OLD and the Nexus-7 coaster brake as 127mm OLD.

The 7-speed rim brake version only comes in 130mm but I'm thinking that it shouldn't take much effort to lose a 5mm spacer on the left side.
Thanks for looking that up - I was thinking the Nexus was a 130mm but couldn't find it during a quick search yesterday.
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I would have assumed you would rather be riding a "she" ?
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Biopace chainrings even. Cool. ...
I noticed those too. got a set on a TREK 550 tourer I bought around 85 or so. Pretty much dates the bike does it not? did they even make Biopace after 89?
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I would have assumed you would rather be riding a "she" ?
It's not what I want; the bike has to decide.

My car is a "she." Not sure what Divine is, just yet.
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