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    New toys have arrived!

    My order from Harbor Freight just arrived: digital calipers, a digital scale, and a digital angle gauge.

    I did a quick check on a couple of bikes here with the scale and angle gauge and got some surprising results. My '73 Bottecchia Gran Turismo came in a bit lighter than I thought: 24.6-lbs with pedals and pump. But what really surpirsed me are the frame angles: seat tube 73.5 degrees, head tube 74 degrees. Those are slightly steeper than I expected (I would have though 73/73 parallel) My Bottecchia is as yet incomplete so I can't get a weight but it has the following: seat tube 72.5 degrees, head tube 71.5 degrees. Those numbers are in line with what I would expect for a Special.

    I need to practice a bit with the angle gauge now to make sure I'm getting good measurements and get all the bikes weighed.
    1959 Bottecchia Professional (frame), 1966 Bottecchia Professional, 1971 Bottecchia Professional (frame),
    1973 Bottecchia Gran Turismo, 1974 Bottecchia Special, 1977 Bottecchia Special (frame),
    1974 Peugeot UO-8, 1988 Panasonic PT-3500, 2002 Bianchi Veloce, 2004 Bianchi Pista

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    Thanks for sharing. What size is your Bottecchia?

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    New toys are always fun. Have you had a chance to utilize the calipers or are you just anticipating a time when you'll have to identify some mystery tubing?

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    Bottecchia fan
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    Quote Originally Posted by abarth View Post
    Thanks for sharing. What size is your Bottecchia?
    Both Bott's that I measured are 23". I also have a 25" Special frame that I'll be measuring and a 22" Professional. I don't have a headset in the Professional right now though so I can't do that one yet.
    1959 Bottecchia Professional (frame), 1966 Bottecchia Professional, 1971 Bottecchia Professional (frame),
    1973 Bottecchia Gran Turismo, 1974 Bottecchia Special, 1977 Bottecchia Special (frame),
    1974 Peugeot UO-8, 1988 Panasonic PT-3500, 2002 Bianchi Veloce, 2004 Bianchi Pista

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    Bottecchia fan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bam42685 View Post
    New toys are always fun. Have you had a chance to utilize the calipers or are you just anticipating a time when you'll have to identify some mystery tubing?
    No, I had calipers already but they are the kind that you have to line up the little hash marks and my old eyes just can't handle that anymore so I got the digital model with the Readers' Digest style large type display. Haven't used them yet.
    1959 Bottecchia Professional (frame), 1966 Bottecchia Professional, 1971 Bottecchia Professional (frame),
    1973 Bottecchia Gran Turismo, 1974 Bottecchia Special, 1977 Bottecchia Special (frame),
    1974 Peugeot UO-8, 1988 Panasonic PT-3500, 2002 Bianchi Veloce, 2004 Bianchi Pista

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