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It's a (baby) Blue Univega

Old 10-12-18, 02:14 PM
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It's a (baby) Blue Univega

I thought this particular frame might be worthy of its own thread for a couple reasons. First! To put this in context, when I was starting to get into vintage steel about 1 1/2 years ago I posted this thread. Despite passing up on the bike because of the fork damage (and it's relative smallness to me), I became unhealthily preoccupied with finding another baby blue Univega. Things came and went on Craigslist but I never saw one in my price range (that is to say... very cheap), that was both in my size AND blue.

Well, about a week ago I spotted this bad boy. Armed with the knowledge from the previous thread, I knew this could either be a CrMo frame or Hi Ten. I had a set of conditions going in where I would walk away and it being Hi Ten ALONE was not enough to dissuade me, although steel rims, etc as well would put me off.

As it stands, the frame was Hi Ten. But for some reason had a pretty good spec of suntour bits hanging off of it, as well as alloy 27 inch rims (which I decided I could put to use for another project if all else fails). The frame and paint itself are in fantastic condition and there are certain idiosyncrasies I've found with the fact that it's a gas pipe frame including integrated derailler hanger and lug lining. But, as they say, that's not all folks! It also came with an Ideale leather saddle, a Cannondale handlebar bag, Pletscher rack (this will pull commuter duty so the rack was a bonus), AND the reason I am giving this a thread and not a post in the Univega thread... two 1981 Denver bike maps in immaculate condition. I am a huge map nerd so everything about this drew me in. Without further ado, pictures. If there is any interest I may decide to scan the maps in. They are very interesting, especially just to see how much Denver has changed in the past 37 years...

Plan as it stands is to clean every bit of caked on dirt and ride the heck out of it. Still has the original tires. Not bad for $90 I think.








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Old 10-12-18, 03:26 PM
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Awesome! That is an early Univega. Love the maps as well. My 72 Raleigh Sport came with all its sale literature and I too thought it was a treasure trove of knowledge from back when.

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Old 10-12-18, 05:09 PM
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Great-looking bike. I'm sure it rides fine and it will probably ride very nicely with a few upgrades. As noted in another recent thread Ben Lawee designed and specced these bikes abd had an eye for making entry level bikes just look good, with decent functional parts and tasteful paint jobs.
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First things first... Congratulations! It's always cool to find a bike that you're looking for- it justifies the hunt!

Second- Of course you should give this bike it's own thread- and you should ALSO post it in the Univega thread.
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Sweet bike, congrats. 👍 However, I really need to point out, this blue is a bit too dark to be baby blue. Baby blue 💙 is the equivalent of pink, only blue, for boys. Maybe even a bit lighter, than this silly heart my phone "suggested".🤔
Almost forgot to say, cool maps too. 👍 I love looking at old maps, in a city I'm not familiar with, and seeing if they're still fairly useable. 🤔🙂

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I love the accenting on the lugs. Nice touch.
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