Atala Special Italian racing bike

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Atala Special Italian racing bike

Postby rogerrabbit » Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:04 pm

Hi, I picked this up last week for not very much, sight pretty much unseen.
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More pics at http://www.flickr.com/photos/rogerrabbit1964/sets/72157604870197646/
It is a mid range bike from 1983 or 1984. It is totally original with no rust, despite having mostly zinc coated parts instead of chrome. One rim has been changed at some point as the rear is a Nisi and the front a Mavic. Both tubulars. I think the rear was replaced as the valve hole is not in the right place. The derailleurs are campag 980, brakes Modolo Corsa, bars and stem 3ttt.

It has really tight angles and a short wheelbase. There is a lot of overlap of the toeclips (med) and front wheel.

Not sure what I am going to do with this one, but I have to say it sure is a pretty bike.
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Postby MichaelB » Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:56 am

Looks sweet.

How many do you have now .....
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Postby rogerrabbit » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:39 am

Hmmm.... My stable so far.

My Falcon San Remo. Never selling this since I have had it from new.
Magni 1984 - a keeper - to be built with C-record
Colnago Super 1883/84 - probably not a keeper as a bit big.
Bosomworth (NZ) mid 70's. Definately a keeper, but a bit small.
Kitchen 1983 - It is my size exactly but undecided on this. I may resell the frame.
The Atala - Probably will clean and resell as a complete bike to fund some more C-record bits.

Not counting my Clement Pro 1991, which is my "new" bike and regular ride (and totally original).

I am enjoying learning about restoring these bikes, but given space limitations will probably end up with 3 or 4, but will be likely to trade bits and bikes along the way for the fun of it.
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Postby MichaelB » Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:00 pm

rogerrabbit wrote:

I am enjoying learning about restoring these bikes, but given space limitations will probably end up with 3 or 4, but will be likely to trade bits and bikes along the way for the fun of it.


famous last words .....

Still keeping an eye out for a good quality steel frame to build up as a keeper myself ...

Anyone with a good quality 1966 frame, 56 - 57cm TT .....
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Postby rogerrabbit » Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:21 pm

Just got word today my Colnago and Bosomworth are painted! I will get out to pick them up from Star today or tomorrow. I will post pics up.

Older frames are seemingly hard to come by. Good luck. I am still looking for a(nother) 70's frame in a 59-60cm for myself.
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Postby janus77 » Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:07 pm

sweet ride dude.. you should put some of those clicker things on the spokes, I hear they increase value substantially. hehe.
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Postby singletracking » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:01 pm

Gee, even lower-end bikes looked nice from back then - the Fork crown is very nice on this Atala!

And matching Benotto ribbon is a nice touch too.
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