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Pretty In Pink: Univega greetings from 1986

Old 08-12-13, 05:05 PM
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Pretty In Pink: Univega greetings from 1986

Cue the Psychedelic Furs, slip on your acid washed jeans, your Topsiders and 'nays, and maybe that keyboard silkscreened tie for good measure, and take this tall, cool pink thing for a spin around the nostalgia block.



This '86 Univega Nuovo Sport garage find comes with very few miles on the clock (indeed, the plastic protective bag was still on one side the handlebars when I took delivery) and nary a chip or scratch in the paint. I don't think this was ridden much, if at all, and I'm guessing I doubled its lifetime mileage in the 10 minute ride I took right after snapping these pix:


Turkey levers FTW. The cello bar tape seems to have shrunk, or just sort of slipped position? I have no experience with this stuff, but it's coming off off for re-wrap. I may need one new roll; I noticed the only damage on the bike I could find was a fraying scrape on the tape on the right side and I'm not sure it's going to be usable. I think the front reflector is mounted upside down, but as we all know, back in '86, your average bike shop employee was constantly stoned


Never seen brakes with this particular type of quick release, but is that part of the Shimano Light Action gruppo? This is my first bike that has come so equipped. Light action indeed: *Click!*CLUNK!* indexed shifting, very solid feeling but not very slick.



Oh Yeahhh, original Univega tires with no visible wear at all.


Frame is LIFETIME GUARANTEED. Seems to be holding up pretty well so far.


This is the newest 27-year-old suede saddle I've ever seen.



He: "Yeah, she's checking out my cool bike."
She: "Hmmm? Pink bike. Gay?"
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It would have taken just the right customer to buy that back in '86. Man, that is a mint condition bike.
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I would have paid $95 for that in a heartbeat, and hung it on my living room wall, maybe after a new chain and (freewheel? cassette?)

REAL MEAN WEAR PINK
or something.
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That's a cool bike Mr. Caveman. I've got a Paramount in nearly the same color.
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That is beautiful.
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nice job with the photos, the last especially. i thought at first that last one was an advert.

it's a beautiful color, but not what i would call 'pink,' or, not what i think of when i think 'pink.' there's something more beautiful here.

i'd like to get some pretty bar tape like that if i knew who made the stuff.
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nice job with the photos, the last especially.
I'd like to get some pretty bar tape like that if i knew who made the stuff.
I'm thinking it's Benotto Cello tape in white? But I've never bought any before, so I'm not sure. I think I'll partially unwrap the right side, take a good photo and cast about on the trade/sale subforums and see if that's what it is and if anyone has a roll to spare.

That last photo is the mural in the parking lot of a disused bank building across the street from the hotel I run. It's literally 90 feet from where I sit at the computer all day and waste my time on bikefourms.net
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i like it, its a nice soft pink, almost a salmon, i would ride that with no problems, the condition alone is worth the ride,, throw some white cork tape on that bad boy and call it a day...
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That is ALMOST pink! Here is a REAL pink bike, I call it my anti-theft deterrent...what self respecting bike thief would steal a PINK bike?!?
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Dang that's about as mint of a bike as I've ever seen, nice find!
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. . . . . but it's fun to take a trip back on a Univega.



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I think it was called "Dusty Rose" back in the day. That's a beautiful bike, thin chrome fenders would make it perfect in my mind.
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I'm always so impressed with the workmanship on Miyata/Univega bikes, all the way down to the bottom of the line. Sometimes, it's not refined, but it is never, ever sloppy. That's pride!
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I found the identical bike for my son a few years back, in the same condition. He loves it. They are much nicer than one would expect from a lower-mid range bike. I'm upgrading his to modern shifting this weekend.

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It seems kind of a funny combination in that bike: turkey levers on the brakes, but adjusters on the dropouts! Like the frame was intended for a mid to high end bike but cheaper components put on to hit a certain price point. Of course hitting the exact sweet spot of features and price--and looks--was the specialty of Univega owner Ben Lawee. Probably the 'design' he was responsible for was not the frame dimensions but the packaging.
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Originally Posted by RubberLegs
That is ALMOST pink! Here is a REAL pink bike, I call it my anti-theft deterrent...what self respecting bike thief would steal a PINK bike?!?
That's NOT pink - that's fuscia!
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That is ALMOST pink! Here is a REAL pink bike, I call it my anti-theft deterrent...what self respecting bike thief would steal a PINK bike?!?
Long live the pier. I have ridden many miles in that area.
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I would have paid $95 for that in a heartbeat, and hung it on my living room wall, maybe after a new chain and (freewheel? cassette?)

REAL MEAN WEAR PINK
or something.
And the BULLS DO TOO...when the Snake River Stampede rodeo in Nampa's Idaho Center has a pink day for their anti-breast cancer event each year.
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Beautiful bike, I cannot believe the condition it is in. Looks like a NIB buy from where I am sitting. I'd ride it with pride, if it was my size. Good score on your part.

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