This is up for sale for about $150. Good deal or run away?
That is a low level Atala. They look good with the chrome lugs and all, but there's no way I'd pay $150 for it.
N-1 is my long-term goal
Stamped dropouts. Nuff said.
I have an Atala Grand Prix of similar vintage, and am a big fan - but I paid less than that for a complete road-ready bike.
$150 is too much dough for that frameset, But I've been riding a similar Atala for 34-odd years. Not real light, not high zoot, not Columbus, but not a bad ride for an entry-level bike-boom frameset.
You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.
I concur with everyone else. The lack of a derailleur tab on the right rear dropout generally denotes a low-end frame. Don't let the Campagnolo decal fool you -- they made many lower-end components during that the bike boom era.
The chrome dropouts and lugs are nice touches, and in remarkably good condition, but I still would not pay $150 for it.
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069
but we don't know where he's located. This frame (being perfect for a fixie/SS conversion) could fetch $150 in an over-heated marketplace swarming with addled hipsters...oh yeah, I'm talking about SF, how'd you guess?
I'd keep looking, Dan. Besides, the Pinarello and Medici wouldn't want the neighborhood run down by that low end bike.
I used to wrench and sell those Atalas. When new (early/mid-70's) the complete bike sold for $129.00. Granted, it was a high end cheapie given the competition at the time, but today? Remove the "1" from the price, and I'd jump on it very quickly. And that's the highest I'd pay.
Oh yeah, to restore it correctly, you need a steel cottered crank, Campagnolo Valentino derailleurs and levers, steel rims with three piece hubs with quick releases. Steel seatpost, cheap 70's saddle (plastic), alloy stem, steel bars. I seem to remember cheap Universal centerpulls.
Atala had the smarts to chrome the lugs, making the bike look like it should have sold for $100.00 more to the unitiated. I really enjoy owning one, but I'd never go over $50 for the frame or maybe $125 for the complete original bike in nice shape.
"No wonder we keep testing positive in their bicycle races. Everyone looks like they're full of testosterone when they're surrounded by Frenchmen." ---Argus Hamilton
SLO ain't SF...save your $$ and wait for a better deal or offer the seller about 1/2.
Those are about the most "horizontal" horizontal rear drops I have seen! Certainly a fixie dream!
"Fixed gear deluxe".
It'll go for the $150 because being hip is priceless to some folks, and you gotta admit that frame has a little style, visual appeal, and individuality - low end or not.
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