what a great site. I love looking at all the bikes up here and reading
their stories. Well done to everyone posting and Cyclofiend.
was my very first bike purchase when I was 14 years old in 1987.
I loved to ride and saved all I could working in a construction
yard and I remember the price of $420 for the 1987 Univega Viva
Sport, it was my pride and joy. I remember it was the first bike
I had seen that had brake cables hidden along the bar under the
tape, it looked so cool, (remember I was 14, ha). Some how all these
years I have been toting it around without damage and selling it.
I just couldn't let it go even though I finally bought it's replacement
in 1999, Raleigh R800 which I also still have and a few mtn bikes
here and there. Anyway, I decided to make it a single speed and
very happy I did. All Original. Rims (Ukai), frame (Univega Viva
Sport - Lawee Design), seatpost, Brake Caliper (Shimano SLR), Flipped
and cut handlebars, Hubs (sansin).
over the years. Shimano 600 cranks, 48x16 setup, TRP Brake Levers
(carbon look), Pedals (Shimano - SPD onside - platform otherside),
Specialized saddle, CST 700x28 tires, shorter stem from sisters
old Trek 1200. I also made my own chain tensioner since the rear
wheel likes to slide forward ever so slightly even with the original
enjoyed putting this old bike together and love to just look at
it as I do everyone's bikes on Cyclofiend. There's something about
the simplicity of the singlespeed\fixie that brings out the beauty
and heritage of bikes. I have to pick and chose when to ride because
here in Florida it gets really really hot. Though many years ago
this bike was purchased in a different state and has lived in many
others. Now that it is a single speed here in flat Florida it will
get it's second life and be ridden more than the other bikes on