Tuesday, October 09, 2007

New Vintage bike!

My sister in law scored a Univega Sportour at a garage sale for about $10 a while back. It was too big for her so she never rode it, and now she's given it to me. I was curious to find out more about it - is it any good? So I posted a query and photos on BikeForums to see what information I coudl gather. Evidently it's considered quite decent bike, with some good components - not a bottom of the line bike at all. Different people have given a range of suggestions about what I should do with it, of course! (Swap out components vs keep what I've got, etc.)

(Thread and photos here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?threadid=351040)

It's probably from the very early 1980's, and needs some minor tuning up to be road worthy. I'm going to fix it up (hopefully for less than $100 all told including a new lady-friendly saddle and tires/tubes) and see how it feels to ride a road bike - even try to make it my competition bike for next season. It should be better than my Trek Antelope mountain bike, and a fair bit cheaper than any new or late-model I could buy. Should be fun!


Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

I don't know anything about it, but from the comments in that forum, it is a nice vintage bike.

I think taking it in for a tune up and whatever they all suggested is a good start. Make sure it 'fits' you before investing too much, though.

And I wouldn't get too caught up in the touring geometry vs. race geometry. If it's comfy and tuned up, I would think it is a nice step up from your current bike.

Then you can ride a while before you invest in something more costly down the road.

my two cents.

Tolla said...

Great work.