Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:55 am

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 31 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:10 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:15 pm
Posts: 524
Location: Canada
Hi Everyone,

When my twin brother and I were 15, we both bought our first mountain bikes. I got a 1994 Trek 930 SHX..and its life has been quite the saga..

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=120266

My brother bought a Silver 1994 Univega 5.3. I remember it well. It was his pride and joy through high school, and with limited funds, he did some pretty cool mods: Shimano 737 Pedals, a Vetta C10 computer, and the
the piece de resistance - Tan Tioga Psychos!

Priorities and interested changed, and the well loved (battered) bike was sold to a friend who subsequently had it stolen, Gone forever unfortunetly...:(

Fast forward 17 years. Our mutual Birthday was approaching. With all my nostalgic rides providing the needed inspiration, I do an internet search for a 1994 Univega 5.3. This one was for sale..correct size year and colour..DEAD on..too bad it was in Kentucky!


Attachments:
2011-05-05_15-11-46_41.jpg
2011-05-05_15-11-46_41.jpg [ 121.96 KiB | Viewed 4587 times ]
2011-05-05_15-12-14_216.jpg
2011-05-05_15-12-14_216.jpg [ 126.97 KiB | Viewed 4587 times ]
2011-07-27_23-05-21_729.jpg
2011-07-27_23-05-21_729.jpg [ 87.7 KiB | Viewed 4587 times ]


Last edited by 34henry3w on Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:48 am, edited 2 times in total.
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:14 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:15 pm
Posts: 524
Location: Canada
The bike was obviously mint. The photo of the chainstay guard was all I needed..I contacted the guy and asked if he would ship it to upstate new york ( 1 hr from my house)

He told me he just wanted someone to come by with cash (understandably)..paypal, boxing, shipping...just simply not worth it.

So I offered him 3 times what he was asking for it...


Last edited by 34henry3w on Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:17 pm, edited 4 times in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:20 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:15 pm
Posts: 524
Location: Canada
So I had the bike..but it was still not my brothers bike..

Thank god for the internet!

I got a set of NOS Tan Tioga Psychos from a member of this forum!
I got a MINT Vetta SL Saddle to replace the chessy incorrect one
I got a MINT Vetta C10 computer for $5.50 on Ebay..the lady even downloaded and printed the instructions for me!
I got the correct Stem
I got really nice 737 Shimano Pedals off Ebay.
I got a new BB, Chain, Grips, Cables and Housings..as they where all dried up from years of sitting..trying to stay as original as possible..

All in all this bike will be from Kentucky, The Bronx New York, California, Arizona and Montana!

It was the day before our birthday once everything was home..

I decided to set up a makeshift workshop in my bedroom..because it was the only room that my brother would have no reason whatsoever to wander into in case he stopped by..my girlfriend wasn't too happy about that!...


Attachments:
7.JPG
7.JPG [ 476.62 KiB | Viewed 4579 times ]
2.JPG
2.JPG [ 440.52 KiB | Viewed 4579 times ]


Last edited by 34henry3w on Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:50 am, edited 1 time in total.
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:26 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:15 pm
Posts: 524
Location: Canada
Disassembly began and it went fast..My girlfriend took apart the crank set and polished the arms..320, 600, 800, 1000..polish..being careful to leave the decals untouched..they looked like mirrorrs. She then turned the seatpost into a mirror..

I think I will marry her.

The frame was in great shape but had some storage wear..my dad helped pick out some close touch up paint at the local hardware store..The trick is to get something a bit too light, and another bottle of black, and then slowly add the black to the silver until it is perfect...this worked perfectly!

By 10:00am the frame and fork where cleaned, polished and touch up..in very good "nick" as you guys would say!


Attachments:
3.JPG
3.JPG [ 162.39 KiB | Viewed 4569 times ]
4.JPG
4.JPG [ 441.7 KiB | Viewed 4575 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:33 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:15 pm
Posts: 524
Location: Canada
By late afternoon it started to come together. I cleaned the wheels, repacked the hubs and mounted the tiogas..wow these are cool!

I rebuilt the headset (which was bone dry) and installed the new bottom bracket..Every part that went on was carefully cleaned, polished, touched up, greesed as needed..it really started to come together!


Attachments:
9.JPG
9.JPG [ 277.59 KiB | Viewed 4567 times ]
8.JPG
8.JPG [ 462.38 KiB | Viewed 4567 times ]
6.JPG
6.JPG [ 469.78 KiB | Viewed 4567 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:37 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:15 pm
Posts: 524
Location: Canada
A new HG chain went on, regreased shifters, cantis, all the little details..I cut new Shimano Housing and wired her up..I even put back the little black donuts!

I fiinshed at around 830 pm..I carefully took it for a ride down the street..it was perfect..felt like a new bike in every way!


Attachments:
14.JPG
14.JPG [ 169.55 KiB | Viewed 4562 times ]
16.JPG
16.JPG [ 170.2 KiB | Viewed 4562 times ]
17.JPG
17.JPG [ 313.93 KiB | Viewed 4564 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:44 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:15 pm
Posts: 524
Location: Canada
When I was done I brought the bike to my brothers place and left it in his bedroom. He was away, expected to arrive home late.

At 4am, the morning of our birthday, I heard a loud banging on my door. Of course it was him to thank me..needless to say he was thrilled!

The next day we took a leisurely ride to get a beer...:)


Attachments:
18.JPG
18.JPG [ 365.55 KiB | Viewed 4559 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:19 am 
Old School Hero
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:52 pm
Posts: 217
Location: Manchester, UK
Now that's a cool story - bet your bro was chuffed with that.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:23 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:41 am
Posts: 1083
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
That's awesome!
Well done :D


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:51 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:57 pm
Posts: 4074
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Nice story and build. Well done.

I'm actually amazed how people keep finding all those NOS parts.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 31 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google Adsense [Bot], Jussa and 12 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group