Jim B’s 1980 Uni Gran Turismo should brighten your day. I’m glad to hear the OTSG inspired enough to get this beauty back on the road.
1980 Univega Gran Turismo
Thank You for the great site. It was/is inspirational to see the beautiful finished projects here that got me going with my restoration/rebuild. I bought this bike new in 1980 when I moved to Estes Park, CO. after I graduated from college. Rode alot for about three years but then got into job, marriage, kids, responsibility, etc,etc. The bike was hung up in our barn and was kind-of forgot about. I returned to cycling about five years ago and bought a Surly LHT to begin doing annual summer tours. It was also my daily ride. I kept looking at the Univega with questions in my mind if it was still ride worthy. After looking at all the bikes here on OTS gallery, I got it down to check it out.
The bike was very dirty sharing the barn with two horses and the clouds of dirt they kick around. I took apart all the components for cleaning and lube. The tires and gum brake hoods and brake shoes had dry rotted away. Most of the bike cleaned great and I used original parts.
The rebuild original parts: Frame- 62cm Cro-Moly Steel tubing. Fully lugged Brakes- Dia-Compe center pulls with Dia-Compe drilled levers. Cross Cane brake hoods (new, not original) Derailers- Front and rear SunTour Vx SunTour down tube friction shifters converted to bar ends with kit from Rivendale 5- Speed 14-26 rear cassette Crankset- SR- date stamped on back “79” 52-47-36. This was an item I wanted to change because of the mountain area I live in. My LHT is a 48-36-24. Lot’s of climbing around here, but did not have funds to replace the whole drivetrain. Maybe next winter. Wheels- Araya rims with new Schwalbe Marathon tires, 27×1 1/4—32-630 Handle bar- Sakae Randoneer Saddle- SR Laprade seat post with Brooks B-17 Honey w/ copper rivets. Brooks came off my LHT when I replaced it with a Selle Anatomica. The Brooks is modified by me and my Dremel tool with a cut-out patterned by the Anatomica cut out. Pedals- SR platforms. They originally had beautiful toe clips with leather covered fronts. My big tugboat, size 13’s don’t fit in those now, so I replaced toe clips with extra long power grip straps.
Non-Original pcs and parts include: -Nitto standard stem. So I can get those handle bars up for easy riding! -Newbaums cloth tape – Grant’s German mirror – Planet Bike Fenders and rear rack
My use of this bike is to be my daily commuter plus it takes me out on my daily lunchtime mental/physical health rides. My commute is pretty short, 6 miles, so about 25 total miles per day with lunch ride tossed in. This bike was hanging up neglected for 28 years. It feels really good to “find” this great old bike again and restore it. It is a joy to ride, a bit quicker and more responsive than the LHT along with being pretty smooth and stable. I won’t ride this for any type of touring, I have the perfect beast for that. It will just take me around town to work and errands with a big smile on my face!!
Thanks again! Jim B.