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Old Univega

Old 07-31-09, 03:40 PM
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Old Univega

Hi guys,

I'm new to the forum and to road cycling, so I was wondering if you could help me out. My friend has an old Univega road bike, probably from the 80's, that he replaced the wheels and tires, as well as the grips. It looks pretty nice to me, but I wanted your opinions on it. It's a black 10 speed Univega, 60cm steel frame. He's asking 90 bucks. Is this worth it? Like I said I'm just getting into road cycling and I don't want to break the bank on a brand new carbon frame bike, I'm just looking for a cheap entry level bike that will get me around. So do you all think its worth the $90, with the new parts and everything?

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Old 07-31-09, 03:55 PM
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It's impossible to tell without more information - Univega made a lot of bikes. The best place to ask this question is over here.
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Old 07-31-09, 10:52 PM
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ok, well what other information would you need to be able to determine if its worth the money?
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Well a photo would probably be a good place to start. We would need to know what type of tubing it's made from, what kind of components are on it, whether the dropouts are forged or stamped, and probably most importantly, the model of Univega. And you really should take this over to Classic & Vintage, because few here are really going to know.
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alright I might try my chances there.
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Entry level Univega bikes were good quality. If everything is in good running order then your probably okay. Make sure it is 4130 chromoly or better. Then I'd say its a deal. A basic Chromoly frame rides fine. Its not as stiff as your high end race machines but they are comfortable on potholed roads.
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The wheels and tires are probably worth the asking price. Take it.
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The wheels and tires are probably worth the asking price. Take it.
That's kind of what I was thinking too. What else are you going to be able to buy for $90.00?
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For a cheap bike to just get you around $90 is a great price
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The wheels and tires are probably worth the asking price. Take it.
Doubtful. Unless it's a higher end Univega, it probably has 27" wheels, which are basically worthless. I couldn't give mine away, and ended up leaving them in the alley for some hoodrat to use.
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well thanks for your advice guys, I ended up getting the Univega. Its a Univega Super Ten.

...I also ended up getting two other road bikes, a Schwinn Le Tour, and a Fuji Sports Ten. I payed $90 for each bike, and traded in some older bikes so the total ended up being less. I'll be sure to post pictures either here or in the vintage section later on.
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