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    http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/881848347.html
    Selling for a relative! 70's Atala (Italian) lugged frame bike, interesting lug cutouts. Some rust, good fixie/SS conversion? Bike for parts/frame only, no test rides.

    $60 firm, cash only, local pickup only. No offers or trades please.
    I'm not real familiar with the Atala brand, don't need it, more like just curious about it, I might email the seller about it just for grins to see what components it has on it. Please educate me on the Atala brand.

    Thanks.

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    Hard to make out any detail in that little picture but it appears to be an entry level bike boom era Atala. Straight gauge hi-ten steel with low end components. It would make a nice fixie or around town bar hoper. $60 is a good price.
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    There's no chrome, so assuming boom era, this would make it the bottom of the line Corsa model. Derailleurs and shifters appear to have been upgrasded form the original Simplex along with saddle and possibly seat post.

    As previously stated, hi-tensile steel frame. Balilla or Universal center brakes, Gnutti steel hubs and steel rims, cottered steel crankset would be original. About the only OEM aluminum you'll find would be the stem and bars.

    Atala was Italy's largest bicycle manufacturer during the boom and produced a full range of lighweight models from the entry level Corsa ($95 US circa 1973) to the top line Record Professional ($385 US circa 1973). Atala competed directly with other full line Italian manufacturers such as Bianchi, Bottechia, Chiorda, Fiorelli and Legnano. While they were well respected during the boom, like most European brands there were often lapses in quality, so things like paint and brazing may leave something to be desired, particularly if you are familiar with Japanese boom era models. Most European brands during this period sold primarily on their heritage and ride, which was typically more resilent than Japanese models. The Italians also put a little more emphasis on cosmetic design. Slightly upscale models like the Atala Gran Prix were real eye candy with lots of chrome and panelized paint schemes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
    There's no chrome, so assuming boom era, this would make it the bottom of the line Corsa model. Derailleurs and shifters appear to have been upgrasded form the original Simplex along with saddle and possibly seat post.
    Could also be a Giro di Italia, next one up the food chain. Some of these were imported with alloy wheels (Fiamme rims laced to North Star hubs). Same cottered crank and Simplex comps.
    My dad gave me one when Nixon was president, with the comment 'this is the last bike I buy for you'. It's still in the stable, although most of the comps have been replaced over the years. It is lighter and rides better than a gaspipe frame has any right to.
    I'd fork over $60, for nostalgia if no other reason.
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    You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by top506 View Post
    Could also be a Giro di Italia, next one up the food chain...
    Boom era Giro typically had chromed fork ends and crown.

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    Apprecite the info and history lesson. I've just sent the seller an email and will see what he tells me about it. But I found another thrift shop bike on the way home from work yesterday so from what it is starting to sound like I'm thinking this Atala might be a pass for me. I'll wait to see if the seller contacts me just in case the bike has some features or upgrades that can't be seen in the pics he posted of it.

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    BAM!!! The seller was quick with his reply. I had a return message from him by the time I finished my previous post.

    27" wheels
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    SunTour deraileurs, cottered crank.

    Lots of interest but amazingly not sold yet. First with cash gets.
    The 27" wheels and cottered crank makes it a pass for me, someone will buy it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
    Boom era Giro typically had chromed fork ends and crown.
    FWIW, mine has chrome fork tips and a half-chrome rear triangle, but painted fork crown.
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    You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.

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