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    Bottecchia Price Reasonable?

    Hey folks, quick question.

    Saw a really clean early 70's Bottecchia in a shop yesterday. Looks similar to this but in red, I think '73 also:

    http://www.twistcomm.com/Bikes/Botte...ottecchia.html

    And similar parts as far as I remember (Campagnolo, Universal, etc) all original except for the seat post.
    They were asking about 450$ Canadian but I could probably bargain down (350-400 I'd hope)

    Is this a reasonable price you think or a bit high?

    Thanks for any help!

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    Well I don't know much about the Italian Bottecchia's but considering its in NOS condition and has chrome plated lugs, a lovely paint job with the half chrome rear stay and forks it seems to be a good deal. The rear derailleur and brakes don't seem to be top of the line, the Valentino Extra was with the other low end RD's such as the Velox back then.

    From the quick research I did that cool looking lugged stem made by Carnielli was in fact the original name holder of Bottecchia.

    It does look in mint condition so I my mind its a pretty good deal,

    Sam

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    The picture you posted was a fairly low end bike. I'd think $200. is more like it, unless you REALLY want it.

    That was about $150. new.

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    An Italian UO-8 with chrome lugs.

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    You need to be sure about the model - the Special (the one pictured) and the Giro d'Italia and the Professional all look very similar at a glance but the Special is more in the $100 range while I've see nice Giro d'Italias and Professionals go for $650+. The fact that it's red would make me think it's a Special as they typically came in more colors. The nicer bikes were more often blue or white although that certainly varied. The easiest way to check is to look at the braze-ons - the Giro and the Professional have none, everything is clamp on. The Special and the De Luxe have braze-on cables guides on the top tube, bottom bracket and right chain stay and braze-on pump pegs under the top tube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    An Italian UO-8 with chrome lugs.

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    hey.... you needn't be abusive

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    Quote Originally Posted by caterham View Post
    hey.... you needn't be abusive


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    Thanks for the info guys, going to try and take another look tomorrow for clues, I'm suspecting its just a Special also. I believe it had a Ofmega crank on it (stock? or not not sure)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
    The picture you posted was a fairly low end bike. I'd think $200. is more like it, unless you REALLY want it.

    That was about $150. new.
    I agree with this. There's nothing special about the bike -- straight gauge hi-ten, steel wheels and cranks, etc. -- except its condition. If you want a Bottecchia, stick with the Giro or Profesional. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outlookrt View Post
    Thanks for the info guys, going to try and take another look tomorrow for clues, I'm suspecting its just a Special also. I believe it had a Ofmega crank on it (stock? or not not sure)
    I'll make a caveat here - the typical Special is as described on other posts in this thread - steel rims, cottered steel crank, Campagnolo Valentino derailleurs, and Gnutti hi-flange hubs I think. Mine, however, bought new in 1974 but with 1973 date codes, had Fiamme yellow label aluminum clincher rims, Campagnolo hi-flange Tipo hubs and an Ofmega cottered crank with aluminum chainrings. I'd be willing to pay a little more for one like that (but still not $450, Canadian or otherwise!) and I am looking for one. Preferably in blue like my old bike.
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