finishing up the Univega…

just finished putting the final touches on the Univega Nuovo Sport city bike build, looks pretty good if i do say so myself ๐Ÿ™‚
-peter

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  1. quite a handsome ride, well done.

  2. redfoxglove

    wow. WOW. oh wow.

    • peterlombardi

      thank you red ๐Ÿ™‚ not bad for a bike assembled from a $40 dollar Univega frame, some spray-paint, a small paint brush with red paint, and a bunch of part lying around (plus some purchased ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

      • redfoxglove

        Just recoverd my original 80s Nuovo Sport, it’s the smallest frame set, I’m 5’4″. This bike has been missing since 2000 and turned up on craigslist the day after I located and made a nice deal on a Trek 520. I notice now that the reach is short compared to how I used it before as a touring bike. Now I understand this bike is more properly a sport than a tour. To retain it as as a sport racer I would keep the drop bars, or perhaps a butterfly or trekking bar, but if I follow your example for a more upright posture, maybe I can keep the original stem which is beautiful and has some interesting cast markings on it. Would you beat all interested in trading notes on my rebuild? My bike now sports a patina to the paint which has converted it from a bright metallic pink to more of a copper or even lavender hue. Don’t want to powder coat it to a different scheme, it is gorgeous the way it is now. I paid $70 to the young lady who had it, she was asking $50 as it was hand me down to her. Yours is superb. Where did you get that chainguard?

        • peterlombardi

          i’d be happy to trade notes, just shoot me a note fromt the contact section above ๐Ÿ™‚

          recovered as in you had it once and now you have it again? ooo, i love to see pics of both the Univega and the Trek, if you can’t tell, i’m mildly addicted to them ๐Ÿ˜‰

          oh wow, that color sounds really interesting, i remember the bright pink ones, they were something else haha, i’m sure my girlfriend would love one.

          that’s very nice of you to pay her more than she was asking, and probably more inline with what their value is.

          i got the chainguard off of eBay, it was an NOS american made stamped piece. i had to cut it down, flare it and modify the brackets to get it to work with the 1×8 setup on the bike.

  3. redfoxglove

    Yes, recovered as in what was lost but now is found. Bike disappeared when I went travelling to Alaska in 2000; returned from travel and the bike had ‘disappeared’ from the porch from where it was left for safekeeping.

    Recently searching craigslist for about 6 weeks for a suitable replacement, decided on a 2000 Trek 520 for training and weekend camping. Lamented every night to husband, “Sure wish I could just have my original touring bike back…” Made a nice deal on the Trek NEXT DAY an ad for my bike came up on craigslist. So now it’s back in my hands. Yes, the bright pink was perfect for me, but it has mellowed down to a coppery color now, still cool. Husband says red paints often degrade over the years to something other than original. It still looks good.

    Was searching the internet on univega and came across yours. Really, it’s beautiful. Are those velo orange hammered metal fenders? Love the custom chainguard, husband could customize one for me no problem. Really like the red pinstripes. Always love the classic upright look. You’ve made a really nice bike out of something that probably would have not been appreciated otherwise. Now, what’s not to love?

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