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French & English isn't working so off to Japan.

Old 07-11-13, 11:54 AM
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French & English isn't working so off to Japan.

Hey guys,


After focusing on Motobecane and Raleigh, I figured I'd better expand my options if I wanted to ride before summer's end. I'm supposed to see a seller about this tomorrow. I know that Univega's are made by Miyata, and after speaking with RumRunn6 yesterday, came to the conclusion that 58cm should be the size I aim for. So it's a dependable brand that should fit. Any other thought's?


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Old 07-11-13, 11:58 AM
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Lots of good japanese bikes. Look for a mid to late 80's with a tange 2 frame and you can't go wrong.
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Old 07-11-13, 12:16 PM
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Thanks bent. Another great screen name. Love the quote. Do you and RumRunn6 hang? Fuji and Univega are the two brands I see the most of. Any major difference between the two?
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Old 07-11-13, 12:25 PM
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Compared to the Motobecane GT, could someone tell me how this stacks? Thanks.
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Most brands made a full line of bikes, from crap to top of the line. So comparing brands is mostly meaningless. Looking at the condition, components, and tubing of the specific bike in question matters a lot more.
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Old 07-11-13, 04:47 PM
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Thanks FastJake but I wasn't asking to compare brands. I was asking how the Univega Gran Turismo compares to the Motobecane Grand Touring. This Univega GT seems to be an earlier model correct, because of the lack of water bottle mounts.
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Old 07-11-13, 06:28 PM
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Hey guys, Didn't want to start a new thread. I was supposed to meet this seller a few weeks ago for this Atala. Is it a Grand Prix? Thought it was sold, but I guess the ad expired off of CL. I found it again on oodle.com. I'd really like some feedback on this. I've googled Atala but haven't been able to come up much. For some reason the bike really speaks to me. I like the idea of a having a bike to go on long journeys with. Would this be suitable?
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Do you have a link or pictures? Saying you're looking at an Atala and asking if it's a Grand Prix gives us nothing to go on...
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Sorry FastJake. I forgot to include the pictures.



Those pictures were from when it was on CL. I save all the pictures of bikes I'm interested in. Gives me a chance to examine them later. And here's the link.


https://new-york.findanycycle.com/bic...-for-sale.html
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Not sure on the model but looks low-end to me, I think I see steel rims and a cottered crank. It also needs a LOT of work, complete overhaul at minimum. Price is too high for that bike needing that much work, even if you were planning to do it yourself.
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Like so many newbies, the OP is seeking a specific vintage bicycle. That is not always very productive and, can, at times, allow a real gem to get away. Instead of looking for this or that bike, look for a quality bike and to heck with the name on the down tube.

Learn what it takes to be a Quality Vintage Bicycle. Once you understand the differences between a good bike and a very good bike, you will be well prepared to shop and purchase without seeking advice from others. Hope that is a help.
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Not really Randy. I won't be coming back. Thanks for being a jerk. Forgive me, but isn't the purpose of these forums to help us "newbies"? I guess you were born with a crankset in your mouth.
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Not really Randy. I won't be coming back. Thanks for being a jerk. Forgive me, but isn't the purpose of these forums to help us "newbies"? I guess you were born with a crankset in your mouth.
The purpose is definitely not to answer "what about this one" twenty times. Instead, it is to guide newbies on the value of a couple of bikes, and then much more important, show them how to learn themselves how to spot a deal so they can move quickly enough to get one. The "what about this one" game becomes counterproductive, as the great deals are long gone by the time you get answers.

Randy has been extremely generous with his advice and time for newbies and vintage veterans all over the globe.

You paid nothing for this advice, but apparently expect it to be limitless.

Good luck finding advice elsewhere.

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