VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Univega Super Sport posted by: David on 4/14/2006 at 7:09:58 PM
I wonder what seat post I need for an old Univega Super Sport. 26.4 is too small and 27.0 is too big. The frame must be fairly old; "triple-butted," dark silvery gray, brazed-on cable guides on top tube, brazed-on bottle bosses, shift cable guides, 120mm rear spacing. Measuring the top of the seat tube is inexact. Maybe somebody has one?

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Univega Super Sport posted by Ken on 4/14/2006 at 9:12:12 PM
2 more sizes to try between the ones you checked.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Univega Super Sport posted by Derek Coghill on 4/14/2006 at 10:32:57 PM
Measure it with verniers, add how distorted the clamp is after all this time, subtract a little for over-estimation and that should fit.....

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Univega Super Sport posted by David on 4/21/2006 at 2:55:25 AM
I think I'll just carry it in and use one of those ring-sizing type tools at the LBO.

AGE / VALUE:   vittoria posted by: terry on 4/13/2006 at 8:56:38 PM
I have a early 60's? vittoria. it looks like a race bike. the headbadge is copper and says vittoria,made in italy,marca m fabrica,and has the olympic rings on it. It has magistroni cranks/bottom bracket,headset and seatpost clamp. campy shifters/derailuers. the cranks were originally painted red with the headset,bb and seatpost clamp witch has the olympic rings on it. it has mafac racer brakes. the frame is green. the scrolled lugwork is butiful.from the parts group it seems between 60&63. I'm having the hardest time getting imfo on this bike? I was told that there was only a few made for the olympic? If you can fill me in with some imfo it would be greatly appretiated. thanks terry

    vittoria posted by John E on 4/14/2006 at 2:05:21 PM
Olympic ring decals were quite popular on bikes circa 1960 -- look at any Capo of that period.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   vittoria posted by terry on 4/14/2006 at 6:41:35 PM
I'm wondering if anybody else beside's john E can tell me something that is not so widely known. is there anyone else out there?

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Installing tires - finally wised-up posted by: Gralyn on 4/13/2006 at 3:08:09 PM
I just wanted to post about this. I finally wised up on installing tires. Some tires will slip over the rims with no problems. Others however, can be extremely difficult to get over the rim. I have pinched tubes, killed my fingers, trying to get some tires over the rims.

My Schwinn Tempo had a flat - and I needed to fix it. I initially saw that I was going to have difficulty - as it was so difficult to get it off the rim. Sure enough - reinstalling it was almost impossible. Then I happened to remember a tip......

I took some dish detergent in a little water - and put that around the inside perimeter of the tire bead. The tire slipped on without any problem. I couldn't believe the difference it makes!

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Installing tires - finally wised-up posted by Derek Coghill on 4/13/2006 at 4:30:23 PM
The only trouble with dtergent appears to be that it promotes corrosion; this is more of a problem with car or motorbike wheels as they don't generally get so many punctures. Tyre depots use special tyre soap, if you have a tame one take a little pot there and they'll probably give you some - it lasts for ages.

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Installing tires - finally wised-up posted by Ken on 4/13/2006 at 5:06:29 PM
The silicone products from x-mart for car tires are great, but you don't want to get it on your rim; squirt it on a rag and wipe the tire bead before installing. This also helps with tires that don't want to seat correctly.

MISC:   Free Spirit dull but surprising posted by: Spike on 4/13/2006 at 12:34:16 AM
Picked up a circa 1990 Free Spirit 26" 12 speed girls bike $8.Got it home and it appears almost new But here is the thing.
It shifts better than many expensive rigs I've tried. Indexed rear right on every time and smooth,front smooth as glass with almost no sound. Amazing
as purchased performance.Instead if stripping it for some low end parts I think I'll see if someone here wants a excellent cheap starter bike.

    Free Spirit dull but surprising posted by John E on 4/13/2006 at 3:02:39 PM
Which derailleur set does it use? I had a $10 "yard sale special" 1980s Free Spirit with Elgin derailleurs, Ashtabula crankset, and gaspipe frame, and I was not terribly upset when it disappeared from the bike rack at work.

   RE: Free Spirit dull but surprising posted by Spike on 4/14/2006 at 1:20:52 PM
It has Schimano Positron derailleurs stem mounted plastic shifters ashtabula crank gas pipe frame.Strange little kids size bmx brake levers.Someone turned the bars around so it makes a strange upright handle bar.

MISC:   Miyata six ten need suggestions posted by: Spike on 4/13/2006 at 12:00:01 AM
I have a pretty nice Miyata six ten circa 1990 1024 tubing lots of alloy stuff including derailer,seat post,rack,rims,kick stand etc.Even feels light with all that stuff on it.rides nice but needs a little tune up and some cleaning.A neighborhood student doesn't have much to spend and would like to buy it.I need to clean out. Any thoughts on a fair price.


   RE:MISC:   Miyata six ten need suggestions posted by David on 4/13/2006 at 11:19:00 PM

   RE:MISC:   Miyata six ten need suggestions posted by terry on 4/14/2006 at 6:45:30 PM
$45 seems more like a fare price, aluminum rims, if their decent are $20

   RE:RE:MISC:   Miyata six ten need suggestions posted by JONathan on 4/15/2006 at 8:21:49 AM
Try $60. Mine has 1024 steel used on forks; double-butted chro-moly steel for the frame. Cantilever brakes and SunTour derailers (mountech), Sugino GT triple ring crank.
Compared to what you get for $60 toward a new bike; this was a sweet price on a rock solid, beautifully crafted bike, IMHO. Not fast, but real easy cruising is what I got for the price of 3 pizzas!