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.