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Univega Nuovo Sport - help with parts

Old 03-24-13, 04:08 PM
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Univega Nuovo Sport - help with parts

Hi,

I had this bike for almost 3 years. Seems like it has all 20 y.o. original parts and now, some need to be changed. I want to change front/back brakes, including brakes levels and cables. I can't figure out what would fit my bike. I can't even find center-pull brakes reasonably priced <$50 . Can you help me out?

Here is what I have:

Dia-Compe canti brakes
Dia-Compe Brake Levers

Also, would a chain like this be OK?



I don't want to spend to much on this bike, I'm investing in a new one anyway, but wanted to have a spare one around just in case.

thanks
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Old 03-24-13, 04:16 PM
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Why do you want to change the brakes?
You may need new cable guides and pads, but the rest should be perfectly serviceable?
Is your issue lack of braking power?
I see chrome rim wheels. They are known for lack of braking power when wet. I would make that 1st to upgrade.
The rest should be fine as is. BTW my guess is that your bike is from the 70s which makes it 40 year old.
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Old 03-24-13, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by gmouchawar View Post
Why do you want to change the brakes?
You may need new cable guides and pads, but the rest should be perfectly serviceable?
Is your issue lack of braking power?
I see chrome rim wheels. They are known for lack of braking power when wet. I would make that 1st to upgrade.
The rest should be fine as is. BTW my guess is that your bike is from the 70s which makes it 40 year old.
Well, the brake spring is old. It makes brakes to be not as "fast" as they are supposed to be. Because the spring is not stiff, it's also hard to adjust brakes. I don't think I can just replace springs.
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+1 That Univega is pre 79 at least judging by the head badge. First I would get some new brake pads, preferably Cool Stop salmon. Next step would be upgrade the rims to anything aluminum. If you live close to a city of relatively large size you may have a coop where wheels could be sourced. Steel rims provide poor braking under normal circumstances and are only worse when wet. If you are still unhappy with your brakes the last thing I would consider is changing the levers so aero levers, any aero lever is going to give you some improvement over the older non aero (another plus is that you will loose the turkey wings).
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Originally Posted by gmouchawar View Post
Why do you want to change the brakes?
You may need new cable guides and pads, but the rest should be perfectly serviceable?
Is your issue lack of braking power?
I see chrome rim wheels. They are known for lack of braking power when wet. I would make that 1st to upgrade.
The rest should be fine as is. BTW my guess is that your bike is from the 70s which makes it 40 year old.
I don't believe this is true. Those brake calipers are probably the best part of your braking system. The wheels and pads are likely the biggest detractors.
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Thanks for the info. Here is what I found:

1. TEKTRO aero levers

2. Wheel set

Can I fit a more popular size wheels, like 700c?
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If you want to hold down spending, pick up a set of used wheels. 27s in particular go cheap, as everyone wants to upgrade. Last set I picked up were $30, complete with good tires, tubes, freewheel, skewers, good rim strips, oh yeah, and four brand new Michelin tires. Notice that new wheel comes with none of this other stuff.

On levers, there are lots of generic aero levers out there, for under $8. I made this seller an offer for several sets, for quite a bit less.

On fitting 700c wheels, google is your friend, its been discussed > 1000 times.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Bike-Bic...item5898c4ce47

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