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Old 08-02-10, 07:15 PM
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Vista Elite

Can you guys tell me anything about this bike? Picked it up from craigslist for $60. It was a full shimano 600 groupset but the guy i bought it from turned it into a singlespeed. Couldn't find much about it on google or anything.



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Old 08-02-10, 07:23 PM
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This was my first vintage pick. I Just got into the whole bike scene. Changed out the saddle for one i had sitting around.
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Old 08-02-10, 08:17 PM
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I'm just starting work on a Vista Criterium. Its a low end thing...gas pipe frame but 3 piece crankset, Weinmann centerpulls, Suntour Deraileurs..the RD is interesting. Its quite obviously a Suntour V-GT Luxe, but stamped on the front where it would normally say "Suntour V-GT" it says "VISTA", the back plate does confirm that its produced by Maeda Industries so its for real...I suppose they got some parts branded for them.
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Old 08-02-10, 08:33 PM
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Got some pics of it? I saw a ad for vista criterium in a boys life catalog on google docs
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Old 08-02-10, 08:36 PM
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I think we sold these for a while. Generic Japanese bike
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I can snap some tomorrow, its kinda dark now. Got a link to the catalog?
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Forum member Nighttiger and I battled it out for a Vista Silver Shadow on eBay (he won). Like the OP's bike, it had a full 600 group - even the hubs were 600. Had the same Araya 631 sticker as well.

I snicker at the '631' sticker, and I think the 'Made in Japan' in Motobecane-style type is funny too.
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Boy's life

https://books.google.com/books?id=Myw...20nida&f=false
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I snicker at the '631' sticker, and I think the 'Made in Japan' in Motobecane-style type is funny too.
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Found another post about the bike.
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...aya-631-tubing
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I snicker at the '631' sticker, and I think the 'Made in Japan' in Motobecane-style type is funny too.
I don't get it.
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The Araya 631 decal is a blatant copy of the famous Reynolds 531 decal. And the Made in Japan decal is a blatant copy of Motobecane's Made in France decal.
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The Araya 631 decal is a blatant copy of the famous Reynolds 531 decal. And the Made in Japan decal is a blatant copy of Motobecane's Made in France decal.
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It would look better if you moved the brake cables to the other side of the bars.
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thank you! thats exactly the one I'm talking about
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I owned this same model Vista with the same components and same paint scheme. 1980 or 1981. It had one of the earliest cassette hubs, 6 cog Uniglide. One cool feature was you could do a lot of things with only two allen wrenchs which was unusual at the time. I would ride the bike to the airport, swing the handlbars to one side and down, lower the seat, remove the pedals and reinstall them facing inward, and then hand the bike to the ticket lady.



Someone stole the bike from the After Bosun's Gear Locker and threw it overboard. It's somewhere on the bottom of either in Hampton Roads or the Virginia Capes.
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I wish the guy I bought it from didn't turn it into a SS but i guess i can complain for $60.
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