Prodigal road guy
Domenic's in Tempe/Scapin
Long story short: I just picked up a mid-80's Scapin on eBay (more threads with other questions later) and found out in the back-and-forth with the seller that he bought it new in '85 from a bike shop in Tempe, Arizona called Domenic's. Research on another eBay bike which I missed (a Tommassini frame painted in "Domenics Team Strada" colors, the racing team sponsored by the shop, built up with Ultegra) showed that the shop was started in 1979 by Domenic Malvestuto, an Italian racer who emigrated to Canada and ended up on the Canadian national road team in the 60's before getting in to the business side of things, ultimately ending up in Arizona. Here's the question:
The bike is a really interesting mix of parts, all original per the first owner. The derailleurs are Campy, seatpost and hubs (laced to tubular rims) are Cambio Rino, the bottom bracket and cranks are Gipiemme, and the brakeset is Modolo Flash. The frameset is Columbus Aelle, which I've seen criticized here, but it's a 60cm bike which weighs in at 20.5 pounds. I'm guessing that this bike didn't come from Scapin built up the way it is, but that Domenic's imported the framesets, and built them up with their preferred parts.
Original price was $770 in 1985, FWIW.
Does anybody know the history of this shop, and whether my theory about the parts mix fits?
Why I wonder about this stuff is beyond me, but I do ...
Call the shop
Originally Posted by MajorA
Nothing wrong with Aelle, or the parts mix that you described. that is about what a budding racer would have chosen in 1985 or so, and been very competitive (especially at that weight.) Cool that the shop has such a racing pedigree. I like history that can be traced.