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Is this a good univega to buy?

Old 07-21-15, 12:53 PM
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Is this a good univega to buy?

I'm kinda new to vintage bikes and roadbikes in general. However, I want to find a roadbike for school that I can slowly adapt into a single speed or fixie. Would this be a good buy? I'm looking around for something cheap that could work as I slowly upgrade certain things. Not a man thats into perfect original paint jobs or anything. Just want a decent, dependable ride for a cheap college student. I looked around and found out Univega is loved by a good group of people. However, I just dont have much idea since this guy doesn't really provide a models or anything. Univega Road Bike

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Old 07-21-15, 01:15 PM
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That is a low end Univega. It probably has a high tensile steel frame with steel rims. It looks to be in decent condition, but unless you know how to work on bikes, factor in at least another $100 to get it right. I know San Ramon is right across the bay from San Francisco and prices may be crazy there - but where I live that is a $50 bike at best.
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Old 07-21-15, 01:21 PM
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Thanks for the advice dweenk, I'm going to keep on looking in my area. You're right, all the prices seem pretty high here from what I've seen. I appreciate the help.
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In the bay area, San Jose seems to have some of the better deals. I have relatives there and I check CL from time to time.
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Old 07-21-15, 02:35 PM
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Univega, like lots of other brands, make some really nice bikes and some boat anchors. This is one of the boat anchors. I agree with dweenk, around here this would be a $50-75 bike. Maybe in your area it is worth more but I would have a really hard time paying $150 for it. Keep looking for something better.

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Old 07-21-15, 02:45 PM
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yeah you can find a much better deal for $150 than that. this area can be expensive but it makes up for it through the sheer volume of bicycles on the market. if you post your size i can do a quick scan and give you some possibilities in the area.

also, if you want a single or fixie.. its cheaper to just buy one that is already converted... they tend to be less than a full geared bike for obvious reasons.

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I am about 6"1 so probably a 58 cm. The only thing I worry about buying a fixie or single is that it will be poor quality for a $300ish price range
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just depends on what frame they used to make it- things like:

21" fixie royce union? steel english frame shimano 600 & more

can be a good deal under that crappy paint job. (acetone will clean that spray right off) its got decent components and hes throwing in a bicycle pump. which depending upon the pump is probably 30 or 40 dollars right there if you dont have one. (btw, i think the 21" is wrong, looks more like 23" or 58cm which is listed on the side)
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yeah, the market is high here: but it depends if you are in a hurry or have time to hunt about a bit. If you don't need the bike tomorrow, then don't go buy some POS just because its there. right now I don't see much in your size/price range of any note, but if you wait a week there might be some. I have recently seen some decent fixed/single speeds around ~150 in about your size.

but if you want a good bike, with gears, and quickly.. yes, you need to increase your budget to the $300 range.

this one might be ok for your ~150:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/5131328155.html

but expect to put some money into it.

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Old 07-22-15, 01:10 AM
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Thanks for your help Jetboy. I don't need one for another month, so I'll just keep looking. I think you're right though. No point in spending money on a road bike to convert it. Probably just look for one that someone already dumped money into and converted. Even that green one is worth more in parts than the bike. So if I look long enough for something that is already converted, I could have an alright chance at finding something decent.
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That looks like a 10 speed Univega with a cotter pin crank. Suntour equipped. A low level bike. But, they were built pretty heavy duty. If you lived somewhere very flat (no hills) coastal area then - not a bad ride. But, if you have to deal with a lot of hill climbing keep looking. That bike would not sell for more than about $75 in Atlanta.
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Old 07-23-15, 08:22 PM
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Posted 19 days ago. I bet the seller is ready for a low ball offer.
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He said he is staying firm on $150 haha
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You should be able to find a better bile than that for $150. On the other hand, I/most people would not consider turing a road bike into a fixie or ss to be an upgrade in any way.

Expect to lose whatever money you pour into the bike, because conversions usually don't bring what they cost when reselling. You are probably better off looking for someone's else's fixie/ss they they have grown tired of, and are ready to sell. Look on CL, and you will see plenty of fixie that people are trying to sell for real money, and have been sitting for months. Go see some of those bikes, and make an offer, based on what's left.

If you take a classic bike in good condition, and strip it, what you have left is a pile of parts, that the next person along will only be willing to pay pennies for to get the pieces that you didn't change.
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I decided that I'm going to buy a Mercier Kilo Stripper and skip trying to convert a roadbike. Thank you, all you vintage bike people for your advice.
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