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My 85 Univega Viva Touring

Old 07-18-16, 01:30 PM
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My 85 Univega Viva Touring

I bought this bike about a year and a half ago, but it has sat on my wall as the second in line to my French bike project (which remains in progress). I didn't want to ride it without overhauling the bearings, and I get small time windows to indulge the hobby, so there it sat.

Over this time, I've gained enough knowledge (thanks, Bikeforums!) and basic tools that what ought to be a simple job actually is a simple job. I decided to tackle it last week, and here is the result. I gave it a cursory cleaning and repacked all the bearings, lubed the freewheel, and replaced a tube, but it is otherwise in the condition in which I bought it. I think the previous owner hardly used it, and she kept it in the garage. I may give it a full restoration at some point, but for now, I just wanted to get it on the road. I haven't been on drop bars for more than ten years, but it feels great. Different muscles ache after a climb.

I love this bike so far... It's a smidge too small for me (I usually ride 56cm, and this is a 54cm), so I'm on the lookout for a taller seat post. The seat post is maxed out, and I find myself wishing for another cm.
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Old 07-18-16, 01:45 PM
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Looks like a fun bike. Way to go.
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Old 07-19-16, 08:17 AM
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I recently picked one of these up myself, but in much worse condition. Did yours come with the triple, or did you replace the double?
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Originally Posted by Gotcha38 View Post
Did yours come with the triple, or did you replace the double?
I think the specs for these (like other Univegas) changed year to year -- for example, if I'd gotten one that is a couple of years older, I think it would not have had cantilever brakes. This one came with the triple -- it's as I bought it, and the previous owner had not modified it.
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