Univega Viva Touring


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HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
1,518
1,618
Floral Park, NY, United States
#1
Let me preface this by saying that this bike was shown a few weeks ago with other bikes I had purchased when I got it. Here it is all cleaned up.

The story is, I was on my way to purchase a couple of Schwinn's when I saw a bicycle wheel sticking out behind some garbage cans. I drove by, slowing down to get a look at the bike that was upside down. I saw a rear rack and figured it might be something decent, so I got to the next corner and parked the car.
I was shocked at what I saw. Missing only a pedal (how the heck did that happen?), I picked it up and saw what it was...and in my size frame! Even the original Univega tires were on it, and not that dry either. The bike was 100% original and JUST brought to the curb, because as I was initially approaching it, a woman was still bringing boxes to the curb. Talk about timing!

I've replaced the tires and tubes with new ones, and put on a pair of pedals I had. Overall, the bike was pretty clean and barely used from the look of it. And I love the striping around the lugs. Front wheel is barely out of round and the bike tracks straight. Italia leather saddle is soft and pliable, and overall the bike appears to have been kept all these years in a climate controlled environment.

The Bike Magnet strikes once again, lol!

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HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
1,518
1,618
Floral Park, NY, United States
#2
Now that it's posted and the pics are large, I see some wax I didn't remove! Need to take care of that...
 

dweenk

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2014
161
137
Maryland
#6
The frame construction looks a lot like the Nishiki Cresta and Riviera GT models of that time. Nice find.
 
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49autocycledeluxe

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 29, 2017
987
1,712
59
fremont california
#7
now that I think about it I got a free Univega about 25 years ago. a guy came by the body shop my buddy owned ans asked if he could toss it in the dumpster. all Shimano 600..the bike probably from 1980 or so. absolutely nothing wrong with it. I put upright bars on it and rode it quite a bit.
 
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HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
1,518
1,618
Floral Park, NY, United States
#10
I do want to change out the foam grips, though, for some nice tape along with possibly a more comfortable saddle.
 

Mr.RED

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 17, 2017
133
172
35
Massachusetts
#12
I am obsessed with the Brooks padded 3m bar tape take looks like leather from distance but isn't and is super comfy on long hauls.
 

HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
1,518
1,618
Floral Park, NY, United States
#17
this is correct - Univega were built by Miyata.
I like those compact bars

pretty amazing find, but gotta wonder if it was in a garbage can because someone stole and ditched it
The woman was still bringing boxes out to the curb when I happened upon it. As she was walking back up her driveway was when I took it, so she was probably perplexed if she came back and saw it was gone, lol.
 
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