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Any thoughts on univega? #4782407
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So I have this univega classic bike laying around.

Its rusty and needs some work, like tires, brakes, chain etc...

Should I rebuild it or get rid of it? Never worked on bicycles and hence wanted to check before I go too deep into it in terms of money.

Thanks for the advice and help.


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Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: maverickfhs] #4782408
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It fits me perfectly and light weight.


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Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: maverickfhs] #4782436
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Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: maverickfhs] #4782438
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They were generally better than department store bicycles. I think it sounds interesting. Don't let a little money be the deciding issue- GO FOR IT

Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: maverickfhs] #4782464
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Its univega chromoly.


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Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: maverickfhs] #4782496
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If it has a lugged frame then it is probably worth while.


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Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: maverickfhs] #4782527
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It's hard to beat the ride quality of a road bike that has a chromoly frame. Until about the turn of the century, 4130 chromoly was cheaper than aluminum and now aluminum is cheaper than chromoly steel. A good chromoly frame is lighter than a cheap aluminum frame. If the bike has 700c tires it is probably worth fixing up. If the bike sat outside and rusted, I would re-grease the headset. Should probably re-grease everything anyways. Tubes, tires, brake pads, grip tape and a chain doesn't cost much. If you have a Performance Bike store near you, pay them a visit as they stock the typical stuff cheap.

https://www.performancebike.com/shop/retail/oh/columbus


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Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: maverickfhs] #4782545
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Here are some pics, thanks for all feedback.







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Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: maverickfhs] #4782551
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If youre looking to ride it, keep it. If youre thinking you can fix it up and sell it, you will lose money. And if you have never worked on bicycles before you wont know how to work on the headstem and crank or even the cables and derailler gears. But that being said if you dont mind spending 200 or so on a 75 dollar bike go for it. Most of the bikes on craigslist are junk IMHO so unless you live in a college town where cheap bikes are plentiful, Id do it but just know what youre in for.

Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: saginawmale50] #4782559
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Originally Posted By: saginawmale50
If youre looking to ride it, keep it. If youre thinking you can fix it up and sell it, you will lose money. And if you have never worked on bicycles before you wont know how to work on the headstem and crank or even the cables and derailler gears. But that being said if you dont mind spending 200 or so on a 75 dollar bike go for it. Most of the bikes on craigslist are junk IMHO so unless you live in a college town where cheap bikes are plentiful, Id do it but just know what youre in for.


Definitely not planning to flip it, because I would rather get rid of it as-is. Instead of putting effort, money and energy into it.

I have never worked on a bicycle, that's why weighing my options if I should consider it or no?

I could spend up to $100-$150(top max) in parts and doing the work on my own, but otherwise would just get rid of it.


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Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: skyactiv] #4782561
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Originally Posted By: skyactiv
It's hard to beat the ride quality of a road bike that has a chromoly frame. Until about the turn of the century, 4130 chromoly was cheaper than aluminum and now aluminum is cheaper than chromoly steel. A good chromoly frame is lighter than a cheap aluminum frame. If the bike has 700c tires it is probably worth fixing up. If the bike sat outside and rusted, I would re-grease the headset. Should probably re-grease everything anyways. Tubes, tires, brake pads, grip tape and a chain doesn't cost much. If you have a Performance Bike store near you, pay them a visit as they stock the typical stuff cheap.

https://www.performancebike.com/shop/retail/oh/columbus


Please have a look at the pictures of the bike, I am not well versed at the specifics of it frown


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Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: maverickfhs] #4782595
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OK, an old MTB. It's a TIG'd cromo frame, traditional fork/quill stem. The LX in the name might indicate decent components. Got any pics of the rear derailleur or thumb shifters? You might get it running for as little as some tubes and copious amounts of lube on the chain and in the cables. To be right it needs a complete overhaul top to bottom. No doubt you can find Youtube vids that cover everything you'd need to do, bikes aren't rocket surgery but getting those canti brakes and the shifters adjusted correctly can be frustrating. I've got a bike in similar condition that I'll make good and give away to someone to enjoy. It takes $50-$100 depending on what all they need but it's a hobby I enjoy. It's not worth much as is or running so your call.

Edit, does the sticker on the frame say double or triple butted? Tange was good tubing BITD.

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Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: AZjeff] #4782797
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Originally Posted By: AZjeff


Edit, does the sticker on the frame say double or triple butted? Tange was good tubing BITD.


I am seeing "triple butted"

What does that mean?


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Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: maverickfhs] #4782853
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Thought I'd throw in a few photos of my 15 year ago purchase of a Univega. Purchased for $50. It has been in storage for 2 years and am looking to retrofit it to an upright handlebar system. You will find a serial number under the crank which be be referen


ce to year made.


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Re: Any thoughts on univega? [Re: Linctex] #4783309
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
Originally Posted By: AZjeff


Edit, does the sticker on the frame say double or triple butted? Tange was good tubing BITD.


I am seeing "triple butted"

What does that mean?


Triple butted means the main tubes have been worked to have 3 different thicknesses, thicker at the welds then thinner toward the middle of the tube. Lighter and livelier ride. Not an entry level bike.

Nice lugged frame road bike Recalc. Are you moving the shifters to the bars too? Also, take a look at "alternative" bars with some sweep. Love em.


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