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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Univega 1976 hierarchy

The following is the hierarchy for Univega in 1976. The serial numbers on these bikes should begin with the letter E.

Road:
Gran Rally
Gran Turismo
Viva Sport
Nuovo ten
Challenger

City:
Sportsman

Motocross:
Pacesetter
Pathfinder

Children's:
Explorer
Rover 76
Starfire

Univega 1978 Hierarchy and catalog scans

The following is the hierarchy for Univega in 1978. The serial numbers on these bikes should begin with the letter G.
Road :
Gran Premio
Gran Rally
Gran Turismo
Viva Sport
Nuovo Sport
Super Ten
Custom Ten
Super Star

City:
Tri-Star


Motocross:
Pacesetter
Pathfinder

Children's: (These are aimed at different audiences rather than a hierarchy)
Explorer
Discovery
Lucky Star
































































Saturday, December 8, 2012

Holiday gifts for the bike lover that you love!

When someone you love is crazy about bikes, it is always a great place to start when it comes to gift buying.  So here are some ideas for buying gifts for the bike lover that you love!


The much coveted Brooks saddle.  Many riders find that saddle comfort is always an issue and simply give up and ride uncomfortable saddles.  Yet, many riders agree that Brooks's saddles are the ultimate in comfort.  Brooks's saddles are not cheap, so many riders don't splurge on them, so they can be great as gifts.  The B17 is the traditional saddle and really the go to for a gift (for a woman, choose the B17 S).  This saddle is for touring/comfort, but there are quite a variety, so check them out if you have the time.  This saddle is simply great for any casual rider, tourer, commuter, etc.  They also come in a variety of colors to match any bike!  If you're loved one is looking to do short races or save weight at every corner, it might not be for him/her. 

Hint:  Save money by buying them used on ebay!



New bar tape/grips.  I featured Fizik bar tape here as one example of a quality bar tape, but bar tape and grips wear and sometimes riders keep putting off replacing them.  Buy them some new tape and give their bike a whole new fresh look! They didn't replace it because they didn't want to spoil themselves, not because they didn't want the new tape.

Hint:  Changing colors of tape can change the whole look of the bike so choose carefully!


Wine rack.  For reasons that I don't entirely understand, bicycling and drinking seem to go hand and hand.  This is one of the more popular wine racks, but there are others as well.  There are also beer holders and bottle openers.  Help your loved one celebrate their alcoholism with any of these gifts.

Hint:  Make sure that the bike in question has a horizontal top tube and that the cable doesn't interfere with the rack mounts.


Valve caps!  Not quite as fun as spoke beads, but a cheap stocking stuffer that can add a touch of fun to anyone's bike!  Again, I am not sure that you want to put a skull and cross bones on the loved one's professional racing bike, but for almost anyone else, these can be fun.

Hint:  Remember to make sure that your loved one's bike has Schrader valves and not Presta (they should look like the ones on your car tires, not weird skinny ones).


A bicycling magazine.  Well, it doesn't need to be a bicycling magazine, but riders miss their bikes during the winter so anything that will let them enjoy their love for bikes in the off season.  A magazine, a book, even a framed picture of their bike.

Hint: If they do ride throughout the winter then just buy them something warm instead because it is brutal out there!