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Old 02-14-10, 03:51 PM   #1
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Univega Gran Rally lawn find

Whilst driving through the neighborhood on trash day looking for bikes, I spotted a metallic blue Univega frame next to a pile of rims. Stopped and talked to the owners who were more than happy to have me take it. The guy had bought it, rode around the block 2-3 times, and parked it for 20 years or so. The trouble came when his kid decided to "fix it up." The freewheel is destroyed, and the bike was shoved under the eaves and left to rot. Rot it did.

What do I have? This is a higher end bike. Shimano 600 components & sew-up tires. The rear wheel might be salvageable, but the front appears to be beyond hope. I'd like to sell it for project money on C-list. This bike is too good to be hacked into fixiedom. It's my size

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Old 02-14-10, 04:26 PM   #2
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Just remember project bikes sell at a huge discount to ready to ride, clean bikes. So if you have access to the parts, your return on cleaning it up and fixing it up would be significant.

I basically buy project bikes like this one, return them to good riding condition, and then they move on to a new home. Of course, I keep a lot of them too.

Vintage Japanese bikes are well appreciated around here.

So if you sell it on C/L, just be prepared to see it for sale again in a few weeks at a hefty increase in price.

But since you got it for free, your return will still be awesome. And with the right buyer, this bike will be back on the road and well loved.
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Old 02-14-10, 07:00 PM   #3
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You found a pretty decent bike. From the down tube shifters it would appear to be from the mid-1980s, and I think it was made by Miyata. Without actually looking it over it is difficult to say how much work it actually needs. Tires, tubes, cables, brake pads would run you about $40 + S&H from Niagara Cycle Works @ http://www.niagaracycle.com/ Nashbar has a Selle saddle (Nino model) right now for $14.99 (MSRP of $35) if you need one. Is the paint in good shape? No rust and only minor scuffing or scratches? Simple Green or Fantastik spray cleaner, Turtle Wax Polishing Compound and/or Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound, and car wax can help bring the paint back up to code. If it is in great shape, since it wasn't used much, you could always dismantle it and wait until you find the right parts at the right price to finish it. From a "C&V" standpoint, this is a bike you would want to get back on the road and ride, since it is your size (23"/58CM frame) or sell at a decent price ($175+ depending on season & market) when fixed up. Hey, that's the way I see it. Either way, you made a really great find! It is also a good think that you saved an excellent bike from a land fill.
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Old 02-14-10, 07:32 PM   #4
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that is a nice looking bike. as two previous respondants said you got it for free. I would make it into a rider. I am sure you have some wheels around you can atleast put it on to ride for a bit to see if you like it.
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Fix it up and keep it, if it is your size.
(Finding another ride like that in a trash heap is not happening in this lifetime.)
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Tires, tubes, cables, brake pads would run you about $40 + S&H from Niagara Cycle Works @ http://www.niagaracycle.com/
Wow, thanks for that....I never realized how good Niagra's pricing is. I think I'll peruse the site and put together some "kits". If I get into the position of wanting to flip a bike this would be a wonderful way to get the needed parts. Thanks!
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Wow, thanks for that....I never realized how good Niagra's pricing is. I think I'll peruse the site and put together some "kits". If I get into the position of wanting to flip a bike this would be a wonderful way to get the needed parts. Thanks!
Your welcome!

Try clicking on "clearance" and then "price ascending" as a way of catching some good deals on some of the basic items you need to have around.
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