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Old 06-30-09, 12:37 AM   #1
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Atala pickup (Atala Pro?)

Deciding to check this out and more than likely picking it up tomorrow afternoon. All I have is a crappy craigslist pic, but I'm hoping it's what I think it is... an Atala Pro. If there are any Atala enthusiasts that can provide any info that'd be great.

The bike has full campy components (seller does not know what kind).

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Hrmmmmmmm, pretty big dork disk....
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The picture is pretty crappy, but it looks like an Atala Grand Prix. Wool Jersey had a spec sheet for this bike, but the site is still down.

Original components included Campy Valentino shifters and derailleurs, Magistroni headset, cottered cranks, and (IIRC) Weinmann or Universal brakes.
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The picture is pretty crappy, but it looks like an Atala Grand Prix. Wool Jersey had a spec sheet for this bike, but the site is still down.

Original components included Campy Valentino shifters and derailleurs, Magistroni headset, cottered cranks, and (IIRC) Weinmann or Universal brakes.
Yea, I'm a bit sad about wool jersey still being down as that was the first place I tried for some info. Seller is asking $200 which might seem a bit high...

John, I think you nailed it in regards to the model

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The picture is pretty crappy, but it looks like an Atala Grand Prix. Wool Jersey had a spec sheet for this bike, but the site is still down.

Original components included Campy Valentino shifters and derailleurs, Magistroni headset, cottered cranks, and (IIRC) Weinmann or Universal brakes.
So that being the case, the parts have some collectible value, certainly more than zero. Some of us have ridden bikes with those steel Italian low-priced Bike Boom frames, and it's kinda like UO-8s: some love them, some love the value ("hey, this is amazingly good!") and some hate them and wish to contribute to scrap metal conservation. The wheels probably have Campy Nuovo Tipo hubs. These are quite a good vintage hub, no matter what they came on. Not in the same league as the Nuovo Record, but definitely better than the old Normandy or Atom that came on the UO-8 and the late-60s Raleigh Gran Prix.

The Valentino shifters can be used on any level of rebuild, and a Magistroni headset is rather a rarity no matter what, as well as being a decent, robust part.
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My first road bike (1962) was a bottom-of-the-line Bianchi, and it served me, and later my college girlfriend (now wife), very well for more than a decade. When I worked at Bikecology during the Bike Boom, we were always impressed by how well even the cheapest basic $120 Atalas handled on the road.
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So that being the case, the parts have some collectible value, certainly more than zero. Some of us have ridden bikes with those steel Italian low-priced Bike Boom frames, and it's kinda like UO-8s: some love them, some love the value ("hey, this is amazingly good!") and some hate them and wish to contribute to scrap metal conservation. The wheels probably have Campy Nuovo Tipo hubs. These are quite a good vintage hub, no matter what they came on. Not in the same league as the Nuovo Record, but definitely better than the old Normandy or Atom that came on the UO-8 and the late-60s Raleigh Gran Prix.

The Valentino shifters can be used on any level of rebuild, and a Magistroni headset is rather a rarity no matter what, as well as being a decent, robust part.
I bought a Grand Prix several years ago to convert to a fixed gear. The frame is pretty generic, no careful workmanship by any means, but it rides well. It has pretty laid-back angles so it's quite comfortable. I traded the Magistroni headset to Jan Heine in return for a subscription to Bicycle Quarterly. The frame is built for 27" wheels, with plenty of fender clearance, so none of my brakes could reach the 700C wheels I intended to use. I fabricated a drop bolt for the back out of a piece of electrical conduit, but I ended up replacing the fork for one with tighter clearance.
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