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Old 08-09-07, 09:15 PM   #1
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Italvega Superlight

Hey everybody. This is the bike that I'm fixing up at the moment. It's my dad's old italvega superlight racing bike. He bought this back in the early 70's and rode it (and other bikes) through the late 80's early 90's when he couldn't' ride anymore. It has almost all of the original parts. I think the only things that aren't original would be the largest sprocket in the front gears (it's in their basement somewhere) and one of the break handles.
I'll post some of the main pictures and then just put the links into the rest. Let me know what you think of the bike and/or what I should do to get it back into full running shape. Also if anyone would happen to know the estimated value of a bike like this I'd like to know. I'm not going to sell it, it would just be nice to have an idea.















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Old 08-09-07, 09:33 PM   #2
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Very cool bike. It would have come with down-tube shifters, not bar-ends, and the brake levers were drilled Campy Nuovo Record. The outer ring was heavily drilled as well. The one I had even had holes factory drilled in the crank arms. Nice you still have the yellow label Fiamme rims.

Don't worry about the value. Just put it back together right and enjoy it. Italvega's get no love from most collectors, but the Superlight is a super sexy model. And yours looks like a good size.

Here's pic of what the stock big ring looked like. You can have a good machine shop make you one (don't drill the arms though!)

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Old 08-09-07, 10:06 PM   #3
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Now this is something. I know where another one of these is located...in St Louis. Friend of mine bought it when he worked at a bike shop in Florissant. Looks like yours is pretty much all there. I think his had Fiamme Yellow label on SF Campy, but he rarely rode them as he thought them too fragile. Nice bike. Talk to Ray at A-1 Bicycles on Manchester if you need some work done or drop me a PM. I would be pleased to help you out if I can.
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Old 08-09-07, 10:18 PM   #4
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sweet bike. i wish my dad was into things like bikes.
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Old 08-10-07, 09:22 AM   #5
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As above: it's a very nice ride, but undervalued in the marketplace (I guess maybe worth $500-600 if cleaned and well presented). Nice to see almost all the Campy stuff is intact, all you need is to replace the one barcon with a Campy shift lever and clean it all up. There was a guy in my locale who was desperately looking for just this model, and about this size (I had a frame-only I sold for around $200, much too big for him)...but you should keep it in the family and ride it. (BTW, these were made by Torpado in Italy for Ben Lawee's Italvega brand)
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Awesome! Thanks for the replies.

CV-6, it's possible that your friend is my dad. He used to live in that area and I know he worked at a bike shop at some point. I'll pm you.

Yeah, I'm definitely keeping the bike in the family. My dad held onto it for years just in case I would want to ride it when I got old enough so I'm going to try to keep up the tradition

I'm still trying to find the second campy shift lever that came with the bike. I think it got transfered to another bike way before I was born and didn't make its way back. I think I will leave the back gears on the barcon shifter though since I mostly ride on the street and its good to not have to let go of the handlebars if i need to shift really fast. St. Louis drivers aren't always bike friendly.
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Fair enough, but I'd try to add a cable guide thingy on the Campy shifter clamp so you have a proper track for the cable. I bet that a Shimano or generic Taiwanese bit will bolt right on, tho it will look a little funny. Then I'd give it a good bar wrapping too: cloth tape or whatever you like other than that foam...NICE BIKE!
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I have a univega ben lawee superlight i was wondering if anybody knew anthing about this bike
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replace the one barcon with a Campy shift lever and clean it all up.
I had a racer friend who setup his bike like that in the 70s so he could shift both gears at once!

I probably have a lever I can send you if you want to pm your address.
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