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Old 08-16-07, 04:10 PM   #1
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Your Favorite Classic Italian Bike?

What is your absolute favorite classic Italian road bike, and why? Post pics if you have.
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Old 08-16-07, 04:40 PM   #2
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Cinelli. When I was 6, the cool college-aged neighbor had one. I have since discovered the uniqueness of the bikes and the quality of the components. Cino was an excellent sprinter and built on his reputation with innovative products and excellent quality to grow a successful business.


The regulars here are probably bored looking at this, but I will post my Model B just because you asked.

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Old 08-16-07, 05:07 PM   #3
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Awesome, thanks. I got into bicycling about 2 years ago because of an injury I had over in Iraq that prevented me from running. I bought a pretty nice bike off a buddy of mine who was getting out of the Army. Ever since I have gotten more and more excited about riding, and I think I want to buy a nice steel Italian bike, and (I know, God Forbid), put a set of brand new Campy on it. Hence the reason for this thread.

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I was always a big fan of Masi. Since I couldn't find a classic Masi, when I was shopping for my first road bike earlier this year, I picked out a nice Bianchi.
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I had a BOttechia for some time.
got it for 10 bucks from a neighbor
I used it as a back up training bike when my aluminum Felt F70 was in for repairs. Very nice bike... just a bit 'whippy'
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Here is a Fiorelli frame that I picked up recently.

A replacement rear dérailleur is on the way.

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geez. deRosa is the nicest i have ridden. I also like the older Masi's a lot.

There are so many.

I really like Colnago...Pinarello...they are both really nice riders. I have never ridden one, but the Cinelli's have a very good reputation.

I think that lotek pointed out that Tommasini out-blings all of the rest.
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Old 08-16-07, 05:58 PM   #8
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Viva Bottecchia! Mainly because Bottecchia was one of the only Italian brands widely distributed in the 60's and 70's where I grew up. I was 12 in 1974, young but into cycling, and wanted genuine Italian steel. People would stop and ask me, "What's a BOTT-a-CHEE-a?" (it's bo-TAKE-eeya dangit!). I rode it for years, stored it while I was in the Army, then got it out and rode until the mid-90's when I got into an accident with it. I found this much nicer model on eBay a while back in the same color, same decals and I ride it regularly:

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Mid to late 80's C-Record Colnago Masters.... Close to the most perfect bikes ever made I think, just beautiful. Tommasini's with lots of chrome and Pinarello's of the same era as a close second.
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Ever since I have gotten more and more excited about riding, and I think I want to buy a nice steel Italian bike, and (I know, God Forbid), put a set of brand new Campy on it. Hence the reason for this thread.
Actually I think modern Campy goes quite well on the late 80's - early 90's Italian bikes, especial if you forgo the carbon fiber stuff and stick with alloy.
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Old 08-16-07, 06:03 PM   #11
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I was curious myself to see how many riders out there prefer Italian bikes. When I first began riding, all of the dream bikes were Italian. I never got beyond that stage. It isn't that I don't like the others, it's just that the Italian brands were held in such high esteem that I couldn't "lower my standards" . You'd get some justified arguments today as to which countries produce the finest bicycles. Anyway, I posted pics of my '83 Piccho before so I won't bore you here. I hope other riders share their pics.
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Old 08-16-07, 06:06 PM   #12
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Those chrome lugs are really classy. I'll tell ya, I can't think of much that looks better than that!
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I am on the road so I don't have a picture, but I kinda like my mid nineties Bianchi reparto corse frame with Columbus TSX ultralight tubing. Dark blue with celeste emblems and chrome stays. Spot on handling.
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I've ridden Ciocc, Colnago, Pinarello. I presently have and ride Guerciotti, Cinelli and De Rosa.
The De Rosa, by a substantial margin, is the best riding of anything I've ridden. I've been told that Mondonicos are very nice as well, but I've never ridden one.
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Viva Bottecchia! Mainly because Bottecchia was one of the only Italian brands widely distributed in the 60's and 70's where I grew up. I was 12 in 1974, young but into cycling, and wanted genuine Italian steel. People would stop and ask me, "What's a BOTT-a-CHEE-a?" (it's bo-TAKE-eeya dangit!). I rode it for years, stored it while I was in the Army, then got it out and rode until the mid-90's when I got into an accident with it. I found this much nicer model on eBay a while back in the same color, same decals and I ride it regularly:

I never get tired of seeing that Bottecchia! That thing is beautiful!
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Hands down favorite: 1982 Bianchi Superleggera. Lean, mean, dance machine.
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I've ridden Ciocc, Colnago, Pinarello. I presently have and ride Guerciotti, Cinelli and De Rosa.
The De Rosa, by a substantial margin, is the best riding of anything I've ridden. I've been told that Mondonicos are very nice as well, but I've never ridden one.
aha! Two for de rosa! I wish I had one...the only one in my garage is a 52 and my wife thinks it is hers...
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I really don't think I could choose. I mean, just in this thread so far we've seen beautiful examples from just three different brands. I believe I am partial to '70s and older machines though. Probably because they usually just have more shiny stuff.
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SNIPPED I think that lotek pointed out that Tommasini out-blings all of the rest.
Here is some Tommasini bling
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Dang, my Bertoni could almost out-bling that Tommasini, but I don't have chrome head lugs and no one's ever heard of Bertoni.
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Here is some Tommasini bling
This bike is clearly not your size, frank. Send it on out here and I'll send you something nice back...
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I have two: 96 Cinelli Supercorsa and a 1981 Pogliaghi.

Dream bikes, both of them, although I would LIKE an older Cinelli, too.
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Dang, my Bertoni could almost out-bling that Tommasini, but I don't have chrome head lugs and no one's ever heard of Bertoni.
I had a Bertoni Master that had Columbus SLX tubing, chromed fork and chain and seat stays, and a blue/green/red marble paint scheme. It was the first bike I ever bought from the late Gary Hobbs at GVH Bikes and is to this day the prettiest frameset I have ever owned or seen.
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I was always a big fan of Masi. Since I couldn't find a classic Masi, when I was shopping for my first road bike earlier this year, I picked out a nice Bianchi.
First club ride some 35 years ago, saw a number of great bikes, one of which was an early Masi Gran Criterium with the first style of graphics, I still consider it to be one of the best styled Italian bikes of the 70's.
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Dang, my Bertoni could almost out-bling that Tommasini, but I don't have chrome head lugs and no one's ever heard of Bertoni.
Sure we have. After Lawee discontinued the Italvega brand in favor of Univega, it was decided there was renewed marketed interest for an Italian brand, which they named Bertoni. The serial number format on some of these frames matchs Bianchi's, who appear to be the source for Bertoni.

As for my favourite Italian brand, that would be Scapin. My SL was light, with excellent, precise handling. Just stiff enough for my riding style, so that it was still comfortable. Understated appearance, but excellent workmanship. For my pruposes, it was better than the couple dozen of Italian brands that I've ridden or owned. I rode it for 15 years and about 100,000 miles, before the seat tube let go. The only bicycle that surpasses it is Marinoni, but then even that has italian heritage.
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