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Univega Nuovo Sport - Good first bike?

Old 08-14-12, 02:13 PM
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Univega Nuovo Sport - Good first bike?

Well, first bike since I was eight anyways. I've been scouring Craigslist in desperation for transportation, and all I was finding was BSOs for twenty dollars. They'll get the job done, but for fifty a member here offered me a Univega Nuovo Sport, and it's awful tempting.

From what I've heard, she got it used with most of the parts taken off to make it a fixie. She put the parts back on, so now it's a 12 speed, and replaced the drops(which I dislike anyways) with moustache handlebars. New saddle I know as well.

My biggest concern is fixing things when they inevitably need fixing. I don't know how much the parts of an 80s bike differ from a bike now. I can do repairs at home if I must; I'd rather actually, so I'll know if something ever breaks while I'm out. (Got that from my mom; she learns to work on any car she has herself just in case.) I just want to be sure I can find parts I'd need. If it's a nice ride, I've no qualms with replacing whole components in the future if I have to. I've heard on other threads I looked up like this that the wheels are a funny size; I don't know if it has the originals or not, if it doesn't, should I replace them when I have the money to? What size would/could I replace them with?

Sorry for my newbie questions, I've never had a vintage bike before, and I'm only starting to learn the names of different parts and components.
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Old 08-14-12, 02:40 PM
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Hey there Sweet'N!

Google this.."Univega Nuovo Sport" within the images search box.

Do you think you might have a mounting problem?
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Old 08-14-12, 02:48 PM
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I've already done searches for the bike in question; a few threads were a little helpful, but usually it was people talking about the wierd wheel size. And a few people saying it's a road bike that rides like a cruiser as far as feeling a little tankish. I can't find any specs for it, which is wierd cause I've found bike specs online before...

Not too worried. The standover is the same as my inseam, and I spent my whole life tip toeing it when it comes to bikes, at least until I inevitably outgrew my bikes, as children tend to do. And if I can get on a horse by myself(with a step stool though to reach the first stirrup) I can surely mount this thing. It sounds promising, I just don't know a lot about vintage bikes. She says it would be a dependable commuter, and I believe her, I just wonder about keeping it running well.
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Old 08-15-12, 08:17 AM
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Do you know what year the bike was made? That may be helpful in finding some info.

As far as "keeping it running": I do not have (or have first-hand experience with) that particular model, but I do have/had many Japanese built bikes from the 70s through the 90s, and I've never had a problem with putting modern components on them. Two of my main rides right now are a 74 Panasonic-built Schwinn Le Tour and 83 Bianchi that was made in Japan. Both of them are running 2010 and newer Shimano parts, and I had no difficulty with installing or using the parts.

I've had other Panasonics, Fujis, and Nishikis go through my stable, and I've never once had one that needed something weird to make it work. Other than me, of course.
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