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Old 01-24-19, 08:27 PM
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1983 Univega Gran Tourismo - Completely Original Condition- $350

Hello,
Iím selling my 1983 Gran Tourismo built by Miyata, it is the same exact bike with the same exact components as the Miyata 610. It is completely original and in near-perfect condition. It has the original Univega water bottles and the original Selle Italia seat, it even has the original tires that still hold air and have plenty on tread! It was garaged itís entire life. The paint is near perfect other than a small scratch on the top tube, and it has a bit of white spray paint overspray on a pedal (it was in a garage!)
I want to pass it on for the same price I bought it for, $350. I will even throw in a vintage 1983 Cannondale handlebar bag that is also in perfect condition! I can deliver locally in Southern California, but canít ship because I donít want it lost or scratched.
Please look at the pics and ask me any questions you have
This bike is so nice that Indiana Jones would say, ďIt belongs in a museum!Ē
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Any facilitators in the area? Or just let me know if you change you mind about shipping.

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Originally Posted by jpaschall View Post
Any facilitators in the area? Or just let me know if you change you mind about shipping.
Hi jpaschall,
Iíve never shipped a bike before. If you could inform me on how to do this and pay for the shipping charges (donít know how much they will be), Iím open to it. It might be a good skill to learn Send me a PM if you are interested.
-Ian
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I really lusted after this bike as a child/young adult, but I instead got a Miyata 1000. I never realized they were of common origin. If this fit me, I would definitely buy it, but it looks much too big.

What is the size?

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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
I really lusted after this bike as a child/young adult, but I instead got a Miyata 1000. I never realized they were of common origin. If this fit me, I would definitely guy it, but it looks much too big.

What is the size?
It is interesting that Miyata made the bike. I also own a Ď84 Miyata 310 and I have to say the paint quality on the Univega is better Yeah, the bike
is quite tall. Iím 6í1Ē and it is just about right. I measured from middle of the crank to middle of the top-tube and got 24Ē. See photo below, sorry for the poor quality of the pic.
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Wonderful example of a truly great touring bike. I wish I could pick it up. (It's my size).
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I have this bike. in gold, the next year. Very smooth and stable rider. It's an all day bike.
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
Wonderful example of a truly great touring bike. I wish I could pick it up. (It's my size).
It really is a great bike! I wish you could get it too, I want to pass it on to someone who will ride and appreciate it
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Originally Posted by FrenchFit View Post
I have this bike. in gold, the next year. Very smooth and stable rider. It's an all day bike.
Iíve only ridden it a few dozen miles in the last 4 years as my miyata was my daily rider, but you are absolutely correct, it is very comfortable and smooth. Iím sure the gold is gorgeous! The metallic silver on this one really shines in the sun, and the gold painted accents on the lugs is beautiful too! Univega sure knew how to style and paint a bike, and made sure it stayed nice for decades!
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Hi jpaschall,
I’ve never shipped a bike before. If you could inform me on how to do this and pay for the shipping charges (don’t know how much they will be), I’m open to it. It might be a good skill to learn Send me a PM if you are interested.
-Ian
Bike flights has pretty good prices on shipping bikes. For boxing a bike, there are a ton of videos online about this. The bike guy makes good videos and he has one on boxing as well. The key is to wrap everything up (bubble wrap, foam thingies, whatever you have), move the RD inboard, and brace the front fork. If you pick up a bike box from a bike shop (they normally give those things away), you'll get a lot of the packing material you need. They nearly always have those plastic thingies that fit into the front fork or you can home brew something to fit. Everything that is loose (pedals, seatpost, saddle) needs to be boxed or wrapped in a plastic bag and taped shut.

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As noted above, there are many videos on packing a bike for shipping. Watch several videos, since some are packed better than others.

Here's how I packed a 25" Miyata 1000 for BikeFlights shipment from Ohio to coastal Washington state... I used about four pool noodles from the local Dollar Store (actually ~ $2/ea) and a buttload of zip ties. Note the saddle w/ seatpost are between the seatstays. I cut proper-length sections of 1/2" PVC conduit to block the dropouts, and secured those with the wheel's skewers. Even the wheels got zip-tied to the bike so they wouldn't move around. Yes, the chainrings and crank arms got covered with pool noodles, just not shown in this pic... I would have removed the driveside crankarm, but couldn't find my crank extractor





Package arrived in the same condition it left here... Buyer was VERY pleased with my packing job.

FWIW, I had a bike shop in AZ pack and ship my Miyata 710 earlier last year, and due to improper packing it arrived with numerous scratches. I was NOT pleased.


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Oh, and I'm pretty sure your Uni was a late '83 build, but a '84 model year. Well, maybe. Univega made running changes to the specs of their bikes in a model year. Even their catalogs note that specifications are subject to change. Trying to nail down the real specs is like nailing Jell-O to a tree. '83s typically do not have the lower fork rack braze-ons, but '84s do. Also note that your fork is Mangalight, not Hi-ten like the Miyata 610...

And I also have a late '83-build Univega Gran Tourismo in gold (Desert sand)... Pic is as-bought....

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Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
As noted above, there are many videos on packing a bike for shipping. Watch several videos, since some are packed better than others.

Here's how I packed a 25" Miyata 1000 for BikeFlights shipment from Ohio to coastal Washington state... I used about four pool noodles from the local Dollar Store (actually ~ $2/ea) and a buttload of zip ties. Note the saddle w/ seatpost are between the seatstays. I cut proper-length sections of 1/2" PVC conduit to block the dropouts, and secured those with the wheel's skewers. Even the wheels got zip-tied to the bike so they wouldn't move around. Yes, the chainrings and crank arms got covered with pool noodles, just not shown in this pic... I would have removed the driveside crankarm, but couldn't find my crank extractor





Package arrived in the same condition it left here... Buyer was VERY pleased with my packing job.

FWIW, I had a bike shop in AZ pack and ship my Miyata 710 earlier last year, and due to improper packing it arrived with numerous scratches. I was NOT pleased.


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Thanks cougr and bikemig!

Thank you for the information! It seems a lot less daunting than I originally thought. I heard a lot of horror stories, but this seems completely doable. And thanks for the tutorial and images, they really help. I think I would trust my own packing over the LBS. I checked the rates to ship via bikeflight to the east coast and it is completely reasonable. I am now open to shipping. I think $100 is reasonable right?
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Do you have a box yet? That 25+in bike will push oversize depending on your box. You can get the bigger box and cut it down/fold/tape the seams as needed. 100 is fair depending on your time if you can fit in standard road size box.
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I used a double-wall bike box from a coworkers new E-bike, but cut it down to fit the 25" frame Miyata. I could have made the box even smaller, but lacked the tool (three-pin spanner) needed to remove the front fork locknut. I believe the BikeFlights shipping was ~$70 from Cleveland to the Olympic peninsula of Washington.
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The bike has been sold.
Thanks again everyone for the advice! I will definitely be willing to ship in the future. I have a few more beautiful vintage bikes I need to sell to make room in the garage, and will be posting them shortly, with the option to ship!
Everyone on this site has been awesome and I am happy I became a member!
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