Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Bay Area
Bikes: Two hand-crafted 1980s Italian bikes.
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Additonal background from Daniel B. Wood, Ph.D
I just found this in a bike triva quiz from 1997 by Daniel B. Wood, Ph.D which fits my frame exactly:
After serving for 16 years as chief engineer and builder for Pogliaghi, Emiliano Freschi opened his own custom shop in Milan. His frames, marketed in the US in the early '80s, were sort of an Italian version of the touring bike which produced an interesting blend of racing style and touring practicality. The frames were beautifully-made but didn't sell very well. It didn't fit any one niche firmly enough to succeed from a marketing standpoint. Its fair to say its versatility killed it in the eyes of bike reviewers and the majority of consumers. Frame angles were relaxed, Columbus 510 db tubing was used, and each lug had an handcut triangular window. Campagnolo dropouts were available with double threaded eyelets (the second eyelet was brazed-on just above the dropout), yet the seatstays fastened to the seat lug in a blunted-fastback design reminescent of Cinelli. Every frame included a rear hanger for centerpull brakes, and the brake bridge was reinforced. The three top-tube cable guides were investment cast and brazed on and there were bosses for a single water bottle.
The bb shell was investment-cast, yet the stays were indented for triple crank clearance. The fork crown was a fully-sloping design made of malleable iron.
One truly unique feature of the frame was the cable routing. Every frame came equipped with three extra shift-lever bosses -- one on each side of the down tube, just above the bb and a third on the left of the seat tube also above the bb. The owner could choose to attach machined pulleys (usually aluminum, though I have seen brass ones as well) or individual tunnels that were self-centering. These became the most highly-touted features of this (overly?) versatile frame, with great claims of reduced cable friction and crisper shifting.