Univega Touring Bike 58cm – Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update 4-29-14

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 – $850 SOLD!

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58cm Top Tube/58cm Seat Tube

 

 

 

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…

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Tall Stem and Wide Bodied Levers For Big Modern Hands

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Shallow Drop and Short Reach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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”).

unistayguardThe welded wire chainstay chain slap guard is a nice detail not to be overlooked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not sure if Lawee is responsible but it sweetly expresses some real synergy with the rear chainstay brake cable stop.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viner Photo Grouppo Due

Recently, a very special Viner  (https://pedalrevolutionblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/pedal-revolution-used-bike-update-4-2-14-viner-special-touring-54-cm/) “Touring” city bike was sold.  The new owner, seeing the obvious potential for a bicycle powered light system for the bike decided to ditch the primitive bottle dynamo and invest in an awesome hub generated lighting system on a bike that just begged for proper human powered lumens.

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In addition to the pictured above front and rear lights, the owner added a stylish art deco nitto rack to the bike. Way to pile on utility in a beautiful way!

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It was not until immersed in the lighting install that the just how incredibly poised this bike is for a fully wired lighting bright light system. The wiring for the fender mounted light is routed through the frame and rear fender. From the front light,the rear wiring enters this port in the frame down tube…

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Then exits the downtube in the bottom bracket shell (had to pull the bottom bracket. big deal).

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How Bout’ a closer look.

From there, the wire ends enters the right hand side (aka, “drive side”) chainstay. I (Joel) had to use a plastic zip tie and some tape to fish it out this port.

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From here the wire is routed along the inside of the fender along little welded U’s. Wish YOU could see them better here. This is a really cool detail I have never seen before.

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Had to add an exit hole to the fender to tidily connect the wires to the fender mounted rear light.

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Looks wireless and…

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ready to roll out!

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