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Old 05-06-07, 08:37 PM   #1
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My future Tommasini!

So now you folks can see why there was much gnashing of teeth, wringing of hands and general non-Thoreauvian desperation about:



Much thanks goes out to FrankieJ who finally agreed to ship it to me. I'm typically very level headed about vintage bikes (or at least that's what we all tell ourselves) but when it comes to Tommasini frames I get all first-love-epic crazy. I'm not old enough to remember these when they were new, but for some reason I love them 100x more than the current production models. SO, what can you tell me about this beauty? I'm going to do a couple things to it... first off, I'm going to put my "cheap backup" campy veloce group on it while I wait for my lazy ass to finish cleaning up the last bits of campy NR I've got lying around. I don't have enough NR for a full group though, so it'll be a while for me to collect all the bits. I know nuovo record might be perceived as a weird choice, but it's my favorite group to drool over when mounted on a nice Italian frame.

Anyways, if you want me to make a project thread about it make sure you let me know!!
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Old 05-06-07, 08:49 PM   #2
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Tommasini's are da kine. No doubt.
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Old 05-06-07, 09:03 PM   #3
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Here's a groovin' fork pic:
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Hey that guys garage looks just like mine! That Cross Check and Little 5 bike look just like............oh! : )




What's really frightening is that the garage in that picture contains around 50 or so bicycles. Hobby turned to obsession, I tell you. Please post pics when built. I'd love to see 'em!
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Old 05-07-07, 08:00 AM   #5
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Such a plain, unremarkable frame. I hope your not too disappointed!
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What's the fascination with Italian frames?
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Frank, at least your garage is big enough! My shop is big enough to build frames, but when it comes to storing bikes the nice ones go into my office, the better ones in the attic and the crap in the basement. The ones pending sale go in the living room! It's a veritable circus 'round here!

I'm just worried I don't have enough chest hair to ride this thing...
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What's the fascination with Italian frames?
They're flamboyant. I have two tastes: plain and unassuming (think the non-nervex Raleighs), and all out seizure inducing. They also tend to be made well, in my experience. Of course, all of this is purely subjective for the most part.
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Old 05-07-07, 10:31 AM   #9
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Check out goodacidtrip's Super Prestige in the Rides sticky, you'll like it.
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Much as I don't normally like the ultra-flamboyant Italian paint jobs, that thing is great!
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Man thats a beautiful frame. I think the 'Super Pretige' was the 'cadillac' in the Tommasini line, eventhough really, they were all cadillacs. Most all the 'Super Prestiges' I've seen were Columbus SLX, though yours may be something else. Also pretty sure your entire frame is chromed underneath the paint, if I'm not mistaken.

I have a '91 Tommasini 'comp. made out of Columbus SL and is my flagship bike.
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Looks like my old Tommasini SLX Super Prestige

The Tommasini Super Prestige is a great looking bike and wonderful rider. I sold this one to a fellow Oklahoma rider. This Tommasini SLX Super Prestige frame measured 56cm from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the top tube with a 55.5cm top tube. The frame tubing is the legendary Columbus SLX with chromed rear chain stays and seat stays. The Tommasini "T" is pantographed in the headtube lugs, brake bridge, top of the seat stays, top of the bottom bracket shell, and fork crown.

The bike, according to Bill Lewis who used to be the exclusive Tommasini distributor in the US, is painted in a Oro Nero (black, gold, and silver) paint scheme. You have to see the bike in person to appreciate the artistry in the paint scheme. It is truly unique and will draw attention and admiration even from non-cyclists.

I bought one of the last new and rare never used Tommasini chromed steel 1" threaded forks from the former U.S. Tommasini distributor for this frame. I recently spoke with the current U.S. Tommasini distributor and he told me the threaded Tommasini forks are no longer available. The only option now is to get a threadless one and have it threaded by a bike shop. He told me the last original 1" threaded Tommasini chromed forks he could get were $350, and even his compromise of threading a threadless Tommasini fork is now $320!

The rear brake cable is routed internally through the top tube, there is a braze-on front derailleur tab and downtube shifter bosses, a pump peg, and two sets of water bottle bosses. The headtube measures 133mm with a 1" threaded steerer on the chromed fork. The rear dropouts are horizontal (no dropout screws included, I never use them) and measure 128mm wide.
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Old 05-08-07, 12:07 AM   #13
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That shimano on there really breaks my heart.........
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Old 05-08-07, 06:59 AM   #14
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That shimano on there really breaks my heart.........
oh c'mon. it's not that bad. Better than vintage campy knockoffs.

Here's another way to build up a Tommasini:

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Oddly enough, until I get my brooks cleaned up, that's the exact seat I'll be using on it...
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