Biking to my wife's work the other day on the old miyata nine 14, I happened to run across an abandoned bike--(strewn haphazardly on the side of the road not really close to anywhere, rusted chain, flat tires). I put in an ad to craig's list, but in the meantime, I was wondering if anyone knew anything about it.
Here are the specs:
Red metallic paint; chromed fork and chain-side stay, white Atala decals in script on chainstays, downtube, seattube, and rear of seattube. No model name apparent.
"campione del mondo 1982-83, 1984-85" at bottom of downtube
columbus decal on seat tube reading "tubi speciali in acciaio, carbono manganese, tretubi aelle", seattube is 62.5 cm c-t; tt=58 cm c-c.
mid-downtube decal reading "cesare rizzato & c., R, Padova Italia"
nice windowed lugs,
gipiemme rear semi-horizontal dropouts with adjusters
only serial # stampings I could find on BB shell were "63" and then "C" in a circle
6 speed shimano downtube shifters and derailleurs (I'm assuming an aftermarket switch) and brakes
weinmann non-aero brake levers
mavic wheels, simplex skewers, atom hubs
pivo stem, tange levin headset
any ideas on the model hierarchy of this beast and the original components (I'm guessing mid-80s campy)? I know that the aelle wasn't super high in the columbus hierarchy (seamed, rolled, and straight-gauge), but this puppy doesn't feel like straight-gauge; it's pretty light. Pretty nice work on the lugs as well, although sheldon brown claims that junky atalas often had ornate lugs.
the bike is in decent condition, all things considered. A couple of paint flakes and torn decals. So--junk or no? It also came with a great retro bar-mounted water-bottle holder. If anything, I'll hold onto that.