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What to do with a basic touring frame? Univega Viva Touring

Old 11-14-13, 06:47 PM
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What to do with a basic touring frame? Univega Viva Touring

I know I have to post pics-- and not looking for an appraisal here necessarily-- just an idea of what to do with a basic touring frame like a Univega Viva Touring (1982 or close). The frame suffers from a little speckles of surface rust, and I know it's not as in demand to rehab as a bona fide tourer like the Gran Tourismo, so trying to figure out if I should just turn it into a basic commuter since tourers seem in demand around here for that, or if it's still desirable enough as a tourer that someone might want a more full restoration. It's chromo frame, a smaller, desirable size, has cantilever brakes, all the mounts of GT's, etc... so could be tourable. Just not familiar enough with the model to know how desirable it is. Yes, pics to come, sorry!
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Do you have the whole bike or just the frame? See this is why we need pictures

If you just have the frame, sell it as-is. Unless you already have all the parts to build it up. IMO, frames like that with canti studs are very desirable even if they are not top of the line, because of how useful and versatile they are. Not like all the "racing" bikes made in the past couple decades with stupid tire clearance and no rack/fender mounts.

In decent shape, the frame/fork alone is worth well over $100.
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Do you have the whole bike or just the frame? See this is why we need pictures

If you just have the frame, sell it as-is. Unless you already have all the parts to build it up. IMO, frames like that with canti studs are very desirable even if they are not top of the line, because of how useful and versatile they are. Not like all the "racing" bikes made in the past couple decades with stupid tire clearance and no rack/fender mounts.

In decent shape, the frame/fork alone is worth well over $100.

Yes, sorry, pic now attached. Wanted to clean it up some in advance, but here it is, as is. Definitely been neglected, but frame is solid and still trying to sort out what is dirt and what is surface rust. It came with wheels, which were junk, and I have the parts to build it back up, but if I did, would still have cosmetic challenges, and figured yes, if it were desirable enough as a frame that someone might go farther (paint, etc...) I'd leave it as-is and send it to a better home that way.



ps-- bought it b/c I needed the racks that were on it, and maybe the bars.
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Nice frame. I built up a similar frame, a 1984 Fuji Touring Series III, into a commuter. I love it. The cosmetic condition on this frame would not bother me. FWIW I paid $175 for the whole bike, in relatively original but rough shape and I feel like I got a pretty decent deal, due to the relative rarity of such frames.

Old road frames are a dime a dozen, but true touring frames with canti studs are quite a bit harder to find.
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Nice frame. I built up a similar frame, a 1984 Fuji Touring Series III, into a commuter. I love it. The cosmetic condition on this frame would not bother me. FWIW I paid $175 for the whole bike, in relatively original but rough shape and I feel like I got a pretty decent deal, due to the relative rarity of such frames.

Old road frames are a dime a dozen, but true touring frames with canti studs are quite a bit harder to find.

Good to know. thanks. That's kind of what I was wondering. I think I will just keep it as a frame to sell so someone can take advantage of customization, etc.. rather than just set it up basic for someone who might not appreciate the perks of the frame. thanks!
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