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My pair of Univega Nuovo Sports

Old 11-25-14, 05:48 AM
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My pair of Univega Nuovo Sports

In 1976-77 my wife and I bought two Univega Nuovo Sport bikes new. They are a 23" SN:H275621 and a 21" SN:H306799. They are both kind of a pumpkin orange color. Both bikes are in very good shape and basically original except maybe for the seats. The 23" has been for rides the most. They have been mostly hanging from the ceiling in our garage for 35+ years. They have been for rides off and on sparingly over the years. It's really a waste to just store them and I would like some advice on what to do with them. I realize they are thought of as classics and sought after by some collectors. Any ideas?
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Old 11-25-14, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
They are NOT sought after by collectors. There is just a short list of Univegas from that era that are collectible. The Nuovo Sport from the 1970s is not one of them. Its all about what the frame is made out of and the component grade (not brand!) of the parts used to build the bike, plus the country of origin (Japan in this case) and perceived desirability of the brand.

Bikes like these sell into the recreational market, to buyers who want a good, solid bike at a reasonable price. Given is sounds like they have not been serviced for over 30 years, they will need a complete refresh: bearings, grease, tires, cables, brake pads. Recreational bike buyers would prefer to buy bikes ready to ride. That leaves people that have the time/tools/aptitude/pile of parts to refresh them. People like that tend to want a "bargain" to offset their effort and $$ spent to refresh them.

The value of such project bikes really depends on your location. Without decent pictures and your location, I cannot guess to value. In my area, as a project, they go for about $50, $75 if you get lucky. Having them refreshed is a loser money wise, unless you do all the work yourself.

Many houses have the furnace in the garage. If so, furnaces generate ozone. Ozone attacks/degrades rubber. After 35 years of being exposed to ozone, tires and brake pads are toast, even if the bikes have not been ridden.
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Originally Posted by p51ride View Post
In 1976-77 my wife and I bought two Univega Nuovo Sport bikes new. They are a 23" SN:H275621 and a 21" SN:H306799. They are both kind of a pumpkin orange color. Both bikes are in very good shape and basically original except maybe for the seats. The 23" has been for rides the most. They have been mostly hanging from the ceiling in our garage for 35+ years. They have been for rides off and on sparingly over the years. It's really a waste to just store them and I would like some advice on what to do with them. I realize they are thought of as classics and sought after by some collectors. Any ideas?
Agree with all of the others, very limited value and desireability. List on local CL for $120 for the pair, $75.00 each. I've seen that approach, don't know if it works, but worth a shot.
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I am just going to copy and paste my post from the OPs other thread. Maybe we can get a moderator to combine them.

I agree with zazanzach that pics are need to see the condition and estimate value. I also agree that these are likely not collector bikes, unless there is someone out we don't know about who is trying to collect one of every Univega built. I think however the price estimate is very generous. For a late '70s bike which is likely a lowend High Tensil steel frame and steel wheels I would be surprised if you got over $100 each.

Despite being stored and hardly ridden the pair likely need a good amount a cleaning and overhaul of the bearings. The originality factor aside the 30+ year old tires and brake pads likely need to be replaced too.

Is there a reason this is posted twice?


BTW I just learned something interesting via Wikipedia. According to the article on Ben Lawee he once imported Bianchis but even better he was born in Baghdad and immigrated via a freighter as a teen. Quite the 'young go getter' as Monty Burns would say.
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Sorry about the double post. I'm a newbe and did't see the 1st one.
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