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1986 Univega Gran Turismo 62cm ct

This UJB (Universal Japanese Bicycle) was dated from the original Dia-Comp 980 cantilever brakes with date code 10 85 and the Suntour XC Sport front and rear derailleurs which were made in late 1985 for the 1986 model year. The serial number is OA40332 size stamped 62. This bike is my favorite ride and the most versatile bike in my stable. Soon I will be mounting my bottle generator, lights, New Shimano Ultegra indexed bar end shifters, NOS Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur, a VO Pass hunter Front Rack with Integrated Decaleur and a front low-rider rack.

Frame:
Frame size 62 cm ct manufactured by Miyata with Miyata tubing – fully lugged with Cromoly triple butted frame tubes and Cromoly stays, double eyelets on front and rear dropouts, Ben Lawee Design

Fork/Headset:
Mangalight sloping crown fork made by Miyata / generic chromed steel 1" headset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Bio-Pace triple with touring half step gearing on two largest chainrings / generic bottom bracket.

Pedals:
VO Touring Pedals with MKS Deep toe clips and VO leather straps

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Shimano Hyperglide Megarange 11-34 7 speed freewheel / Shimano Bio-Pace 50/44/28 tooth chainrings, / KMC 8 speed chain

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Suntour downtube friction shifters / Suntour XC Sport front derailleur and Shimano (early model) Deore long cage rear derailleur

Handlebars/Stem:
SAKAE Randonneur handlebar 44cm with black Cinelli gel cork tape and Flashing LED bar end plugs. Generic alloy stem.

Saddle/Seatpost:
Brooks B17 Champion Special with large copper rivets and copper rails / SR Laprade fluted seat post

Brakes:
Dia-Compe 980 Cantilever brakes with Dia-Compe pads and shoes / Shimano 105 non-aero brake levers with gum hoods

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Sansin low flange sealed bearing hub / ARAYA alloy 36 hole rims / Specialized Turbo/A Sport 27 x 1 1/4 tires (125psi)

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Sansin low flange sealed bearing freewheel hub / ARAYA alloy 36 hole rims / Specialized Turbo/A Sport 27 x 1 1/4 tires (125psi)

Accessories:
Three VO (velo-orange.com) retro stainless steel water bottle cages, VO Universal brass bell, TOPEAK Explorer rear rack, AVENIR black plastic 45mm fenders, Pletscher ESGE dual arm kick-stand and VDO C3 DS wireless speed/cadence computer.

More Info:
These pictures where taken at my favorite stopping place on my normal training ride. The overlook is in the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point, Milford CT. http://www.ctaudubon.org/visit/milford.htm ___ More pictures can be found on my "1986 Univega Gran Turismo touring bike" Flicker set at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97652170@N00/sets/72157621793160091/

Added by sibkis. Last updated over 10 years ago.

7 Comments

Rdnt

Rdnt says:

Very nice ride man.
I did'n know Univega had triples back then. also dig you shimano freewheel.

Posted over 10 years ago

sibkis

sibkis says:

Yes the Megarange 7 speed 11-34 tooth freewheel has the following spacing 14 - 16 - 18 - 20 - 22 - 24 - 34. This gives a very useful closer spacing between most of the sprockets for efficient cruising, and the huge 34-tooth "bail-out" gear for the tough hills. I had this same freewheel on my "Late 1970's Rodriguez Tandem" http://velospace.org/node/42885 __ and it worked out quite well. These freewheels also have modern "Hyperglide-style" shifting ramps and teeth just like modern cassettes which give quick, accurate and quiet gear changes. These freewheels can be hard to find but Harris Cyclery has always carried them and at $19.99 they are a real bargain. http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/freewhee...

Posted over 10 years ago

Rdnt

Rdnt says:

thats pretty nice.

Posted over 10 years ago

sloman

sloman says:

a real useable ride, UJB-lol- we use to call Honda 750s,Ninjas,Suzukis ect. UJMs. Went from derision to a complementary term as we saw how good they were. Same is happenibg now to old Nishiki,Univega ect. steel as people realize what fine frames they are and Italian vintage steel gets scarce.Good save.

Posted over 10 years ago

sibkis

sibkis says:

Yes these Japanese built bicycles were very well made and under appreciated. They can still be found for very good prices on CraigsList, Ebay and garage sales.

Posted over 10 years ago

strange

strange says:

sweet bike!

Posted over 10 years ago

sibkis

sibkis says:

Thanks.

Posted over 10 years ago