This is part two of two OTSG Firsts submitted by Dee S. You can see her first entry here. This time around, it’s very nice looking 1984 Manta 10-Speed. There isn’t much out there on Manta, but there is a conversation starting bicycle saddle of the same name.
I’m not sure if there’s a model name, as the decal was too scraped up to read. The Giant serial number on the right drop out dates this one to 1984. It was a little more scuffed up than the Chimo, but all it needed was cleaning. It has a chromoly frame, with AR derailleurs and alloy wheels. I love that you can pick up a 25 – 30 year old ten speed and more often than not all it takes is some air in the tires and a little tinkering and it’s ready to hit the road. That’s simple, well designed technology.