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Old 03-19-10, 11:16 AM
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My best Craigslist find ever - have a look!

Morning Folks,

After visiting the BigBossMan's house, I've been on the hunt for a cool Italian bike. I've been checking CL here and there, but last night, I found something. It wasn't Italian, it didn't have Campy components and it wasn't priced like an Italian bike, either. It was all Japanese - fully outfitted with Dura Ace, Tange Champion tubing, lugged frame and all original. There is not a single part on this bike that isn't Dura Ace.

I talked to the lovely lady who informed me that her father bought it brand new in Redwood City, CA. The decal showing that bikeshop is intact. This bike looks like it's been ridden maybe 100 miles, at the most. It's nearly flawless, like it was preserved in a freezer! I couldn't tell this by the photos, but I was in for a surprise this morning when I went to pick it up. I won't tell you what I paid, but she could have gotten away with four times what she was asking for the bike. Sorry Ann, if you are reading this. But, I appreciate the deal.

So what is it? It's a 1981 Univega Super Strada. It's got all Dura Ace 6 speed drivetrain including the crankset which has HUGE threads for pedals. I'd never even seen this before, but luckily she threw in the original DA track pedals, as well as adapter threads to use normal pedals. This bike is the sweetest bike I've ever set my hands on and I can tell you right now, I won't sell it as long as I live. It's SUPER light and just gorgeous. The 700c Araya rims are as true as can be. The DA brakes/levers are sweet and I just couldn't be happier. I don't mean to gloat, but I'm so freakin' happy I hunted Craigslist all day yesterday. This has paid off.

So, some pictures below. I will post a shot of the full bike in a few hours when I'm done wiping it down.























The last picture shows the pedals and an EXTRA Dura Ace quill stem that looks unused. She had it changed to a 90mm instead of the 120mm. That stem alone, I think, is worth more than I paid for this bike.

So that's her. 58cm and just my size. The funny part to this story is that she said a man by the name of T-Mar helped her identify it a few years back. Thanks T!

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Nice score! I too am in your same shoes (Checking CL/eBay/garage sales for cool Italian bike, etc.) and I think I may have fell into a amazing Japanese deal as well. I picked up a pristine Miyata 914SE. Although, it's not nearly as preserved as yours.

Can't wait to see more pictures of that gem!
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You GOTTA answer the question we're all asking ourselves....
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Originally Posted by khatfull
You GOTTA answer the question we're all asking ourselves....
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and can we get a full shot of the bike?
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Old 03-19-10, 11:35 AM
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I can't, Keith! Then you will all convince Ann to come and take her bike back because it's worth more!

PM coming your way

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Very nice!

Would that Garner's Pro Bike Shop be owned by George Garner of Schwinn fame?
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Originally Posted by jco1385
x2

and can we get a full shot of the bike?






Originally Posted by Rabid Koala
Very nice!

Would that Garner's Pro Bike Shop be owned by George Garner of Schwinn fame?
Not sure. Maybe someone else has some info?

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Stop gloating.
BTW: Univega branded, but is that a Miyata frame I see?
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Originally Posted by Cfd
Stop gloating.
BTW: Univega branded, but is that a Miyata frame I see?
Sorry, sorry. It must be annoying I know. I just couldn't help myself. Had to tell someone and knew you guys would appreciate this bike. How can you tell it's a Miyata frame?

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That's pretty **** cool.

I'm not normally a fan of the weird Shimano innovations, but I love those pedals. Why don't you install 'em?
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Terrific snag !
An especially lovely Univega indeed! - And all Univegas are nice.

Uh- are those the original tires?

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Originally Posted by auchencrow
Terrific snag !
An especially lovely Univega indeed! - And all Univegas are nice.

Uh- are those the original tires?

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They most certainly are. Univega branded tires, with nearly all the tread left...what the heck do I do with them?

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Originally Posted by Collin2424
They most certainly are. Univega branded tires, with nearly all the tread left...what the heck do I do with them?

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For now, Aerospace 303 protectant: https://www.303products.com/shop303/i...protectant.cfm

Decide later. But I'd keep the tires for photo OPs even if you replace them for riding.
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Wow, beautiful bike. I'm jealous. That only proves that they're out there, you just have to find them.
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Collin - if you plan on keeping this one, you might want to think about stripping it down to the frame, detail cleaning the parts, and re-assembling.

I see lots of gime lines on the component interfaces. If it were my bike and I wanted to show it off, I couldn't live with that.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
Collin - if you plan on keeping this one, you might want to think about stripping it down to the frame, detail cleaning the parts, and re-assembling.

I see lots of gime lines on the component interfaces. If it were my bike and I wanted to show it off, I couldn't live with that.
What time shall I come over?

Yes, I did a half-assed job of cleaning it this morning but I think I am definitely going to tear it down and clean everything. I've got some degreaser and I think the components could use a good soaking. This bike is worth making it perfect.

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Love it! Congratulations on a great find. You know you have to post the price you paid so we can all tell you what a great deal you got! love that old Dura Ace,.
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Wow! Beautiful bike. Is this the same one? (I can't link there from work)

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/1650370158.html

Congrats,

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Right on!

I love my Super Strada! Mine came with Dura Ace 7400. I ended up putting Ultegra 6600 on it and a lot of other new parts. I plan to keep it a long time.

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Originally Posted by BobHufford
Wow! Beautiful bike. Is this the same one? (I can't link there from work)

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/1650370158.html

Congrats,

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That's deleted, so I'm not sure. I emailed her and told her I'd commit to buying it without seeing it.

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rat fink - I saw your thread and watched the progression of your bike while I was trying to research this one. Nice work!

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Dura Ace EX with DynaDrive! As soon as I opened the thread and saw the oversized pedal hole, I knew what you had. That group is really growing on me...another member recently acquired a Lotus with the same group (not sure it's got the DynaDrive pedal interface, though). What are the date codes on the components? '80? '81?
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That's going to make a GREAT fixie!
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Best Univega I've seen! Beautifous. Using my bike whispering skills, I heard it muttering softly...."Broooooks Proooooo"

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Originally Posted by Rabid Koala
Would that Garner's Pro Bike Shop be owned by George Garner of Schwinn fame?
Garner's Pro Bike Shop opened in 1972. Brothers Rick & Mike Garner.
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