A nice write up from the folks at sf.citi:
Often it seems, especially this time of year, people call or come by Pedal Revolution and inquire, “Wha’ kinda used touring bikes do use guys gots?”. Usually, a rueful nay response must be delivered. It is thus with great delight that I (Joel) am able to present to you a genuine previously ridden touring bike.
58cm Univega Gran Turismo –
This dark red kidney bean understated beauty harmoniously possesses the classic good looks of a lugged steel frame with some modern twists for improved comfort and performance. The most notable being brand strong and light wheels; Shimano 105 hubs with Mavic Open Sport rims. Originally, the bike had semi-obsolete 27″ wheels (630mm diameter) and a more fragile freewheel rear hub. As an added bonus, the slightly smaller 700c wheels (622 mm diameter) allow for slightly increased tire/fender/frame/fork clearance. The benefits of wheel replacement continue to accrue…
For comfort, the killer triumvirate of a tall-rise Nitto Technomic stem was deployed with fellow travelers, the Soma Highway One Handlebar (44cm) and modern Tektro wide bodied brake levers.
How about another look at that cozy cockpit? The Highway 1 bar is a real staff favorite. We put it on a lot of bikes for sale and in for service (full disclosure: I have one on two bikes!!!). No need to throw some quality old parts out with the old and uncomfortable handlebar. Superb period appropriate and coveted Sun Tour bar-end (aka “bar-con” if you talk U.K.) power ratchet shifters were installed to operate the the original Sun Tour derailleurs (“mechs” in UK “English”).
Not sure if Lawee is responsible but it sweetly expresses some real synergy with the rear chainstay brake cable stop.
This bike is an utter pleasure to ride. If you are about 5’10” this may be the perfect bike for the extended summer tour you have dreamed of doing or just a comfortable all day rider that you can carry all of your commuting gear on.
I really miss the inspired paint schemes of the 90’s era bicycles. Neon, bright contrasting colors, sparkle, splatter…you name it, they tried just about everything. Here is an excellent example in this smaller sized Cannondale touring bike. Rebuilt this one with Soma Oxford bars, Shimano bar end shifters, new drivetrain, new wheelset and Continental touring plus tires. Super comfy riding versatile bike.
This great condition Jamis Ventura Comp just went on the floor at Pedal Revolution. Lightweight aluminum road frame with carbon fiber fork and seatstays to lighten up the ride and provide compliance over rough roads. We rebuilt this one with a new Shimano/Mavic wheelset, Vittoria Pro tires, and a mixed kit of Shimano shift, brake, and drivetrain components.
We’ve just put out another beauty of a Mixte on the floor at Pedal Revolution in this Corsaro Aegis lugged steel gem. This is another example of the lugged steel bike boom of the 80’s which produced many excellent frames out of Japan. Corsaro was a small company that had numerous frame runs produced out of the Giant factory around that time period. Similar to Univegas and Panasonics from that era, quality was strong and aesthetics were important in the making of these bikes.
This one is a full rebuild from the frame up into a perfect everyday utility bicycle. Completely built with new parts, including lovely details like the Linus Delano front basket/carrier, Chromed chain guard, sprung saddle, Nitto technomic stem, MKS pedals, and Panaracer Pasela tires. It is a single speed with a very neutral gearing – perfect for getting around town with any fuss.
54cm – $550.
Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update 4-23-14:
This one is a great early lugged carbon fiber/aluminum Trek road frame. Seat tube, top tube, and down tube are carbon, the rest – aluminum. The Original Shimano 105 components are in excellent shape. Chain, cassette, levers, bottom bracket, headset, wheelset, tires, pedals, bar, and levers have all been replaced with new stuff. A great light and fast road bike!
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