It has been a few days since my last post and part of the title came true. The part about fever! Yes, I have been sick since last Sunday and I am back to about 60%.Funny thing is that you have two choices, 1) see a doctor or 2)not see a doctor and the bottom line is you can take meds and you will be better in 14 days or take nothing and be better in two weeks. On to the Vega, that is Univega!
A couple of weeks ago one of our local riders aka Dirt had posted on the local forum that he had some parts that he was selling. A couple of days later he posted that he also had a free Univega frame. I was lucky enough to get my hands on it.
I had a friend that I use to ride with back in the mid to late 90's named Mark Winbourne. He had a Univega and he could ride like butter. So I was looking forward with doing something with this frame. What it was I was not sure but with my adult ADD I will figure it out.
About a week later, one of the guys in my unit said he wanted to start commuting to work but needed a better bike. I told him that I had the frame for him. So this is going to be a commuter bike project.
Looking around the bikewright Command Center aka garage I found that I had a lot of old parts that would work well for this project.
Univega Alpina Sport
I did a little research on the bike and found that I think it is a 1993 and sold for around $525. There is not a lot on the retro/vintage bike sites on Univegas other than "we need to see more Univegas".
Looks as if this bike will sport some type of LX package on it. The wheels I have are an old set of Specialized Z-21 26X 1.50 rims with Deore LX HB-M563 hubs. I hope a little truing is all it will take to keep them rolling for many more miles. I also have a NOS LX crank, a Ritchey ProLite bar, 800 X-Ray Grip Shifters.
The frame is in great shape with the normal paint wear and just will need a good cleaning and wax. I have been thinking about treating the inside of the frame but I don't think this is going to be a all-weather commuter.
So let's see how far I get with this thing over the weekend.