April 2009 Archives

Univega Gran Premio

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Having two Bertoni bikes that I love and learning some of the history behind the development of Italvega, Univega & Bertoni, this was a logical addition in the "UJB" category.  In truth, I thought this was going to simply be a frame donor to install a pretty nice modern 9 Speed Shimano 105 group I have, but it turned out the frame is quite nice - actually chrome plated below the paint! - and it's in remarkably good shape.   It has all of its original Suntour Sprint 9000 group (even the pedals) and the rims haven't even seen enough miles to have the annodizing worn off.   It needed a new front tube and a minor seat adjustment & bar adjustment for it to fit "just right" on the test ride...that ended up a little longer than I'd planned...which is a good thing, by the way.

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Univega Gran Premio
56cm
Chromoly Triple Butted Lugged Frame
700c Wheels
Suntour Sprint 9000 component group


1987 (?) Peugeot Triathlon

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A new addition to the museum here, this bike was bought new at a Interwheel, a local bike shop circa mid-1980s and evolved to be the single speed machine pictured here.  All of the original components (an early Shimano 105 group) came with the bike as dowry upon entry to the museum.   Here it as as it sits now.  Note the internal cable routing on the bars.  The frame is Reynolds 501 and (obviously) not lugged.
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and, of course, the rest of the 105 group and the original saddle...
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The Triathlon is now reborn sporting some inexpensive new road wheels, 2x9 Shimano 105 fairly new drivetrain and shifters, and a Salsa stem + bar.   I've only had a chance to give it one real good test ride and I was pleased to find the bike rides nicely, has a solid, but not too heavy feel and generally was much faster/quicker than I anticipated.  There is still some tweaking and adjusting to go.  Not sure what the cause is, but I was getting a lazy shifting resonse in the larger cogs on the rear.   Style-wise, I went with the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" philosophy with the purple-to-white fade paint and added bright red bar tape.   I guess the wheels are blingy looking too....maybe the road bike equivalent of a nice set of 22" spinners on a 1987 Honda, eh?   What the heck, I enjoy riding it!

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An UPDATE: This bike has really become one of my favorite to ride. I had to replace the headset a month or so ago, but otherwise, it's been smooth, quick (well, fast at least), and a real pleasure to ride. Here is a picture of it in it's Winter 2009/2010 incarnation right before the first ride of 2010: driveside_ready_for_a_ride.jpg A set of full length Planet Bike fenders with rubber flaps were mounted on the bike to give it some all-weather utility.  Aero spokes with fenders is a goofy combination, but cleaner gears and a dry back when I have to ride through puddles isn't too bad at all.

ssshhhhhhh.....the Nishiki Olympic 12 Mixte bike

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This is a time capsule bike to be carefully reformatted into a city bike with some upright bars and as much of the cool unmolested vintage detail as possible.  Here it is as brought home....

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