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Early Univega, how bad is the rust?

Old 01-30-19, 06:27 PM
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Early Univega, how bad is the rust?

Rust looks bad, but I don't have a ton of experience with rusty frames. Should this clean up with a chemical strip/ sand blast or is there a good chance it's gone too far?

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Old 01-30-19, 07:09 PM
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It looks fine but isn't worth the asking price.
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I think as long as you keep it indoors, and avoid riding it in the rain or wet weather, it will probably outlive you. Amount of rust looks completely normal for a bike that age that was ridden occasionally.

Just curious, what are your plans for it?
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Old 01-31-19, 02:05 AM
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$100 isn't bad. Shipping is good, if you are in the West.

I wouldn't worry about the rust. Are you planning to repaint, or consider that "Patina"?

I see a TANGE tubing sticker, and a "Made in Japan" sticker.
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Old 01-31-19, 06:20 AM
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The subject frame is from the very late 1970s to very early 1980s and is almost certainly a Miyata manufactured product. The main tubes are Tange #2 but given the apparent era, the forks and possibly the stays are hi-tensile steel. The rust is typical for most frames of the era (unless well kept) and would not be more than a cosmetic concern but I would not pay the asking price even for local pick-up.
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Old 01-31-19, 10:12 AM
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Thanks all for the replies. I currently own an 84 Gran Rally that I really like, but on mine they made the top tube a little longer in the same size (21" C-T). My plans would be adding cantilever bosses, shift bosses and possibly swapping in the Jeff Lyon fork I have sitting here. And a repaint.

Made an offer I thought was reasonable, but the seller didn't go for it. Will keep an eye out for one on local craigslist.
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Old 01-31-19, 12:39 PM
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That's a '79 or older. I've had two Gran Rallys. They're great bikes. You can often find them all built up with shimano 600 for $200ish.
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I agree, they're nicer that you might expect, given their position in the Univega lineup. They're not sport bikes. I have one of the Miyata-built ones, I think it's an '86 with the triple-butted tubing. Then I got an '87 Schwinn Tempo, which I assumed would be better / faster. Gave away the Tempo and kept the Gran Rally, FWIW.
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