I found these two bikes recently, and I'm looking for a bit of advice.
The Alan is in pretty good condition, no cracks anywhere. Some cosmetic scratches on the tubes, though.
It has a full shimano 600 group.
Am wondering whether to leave the yellow Van Eyck decals on there. Sort of a nice link to the bike's past (Van Eyck is a bike shop in Belgium). Or maybe do it up with the proper decals? I think it will be a rewarding resto, not too much work.
The "ciocc" (the dirty white one) is giving me more trouble. It's got some ugly rust spots, the seat post is stuck and the paint is cracked behind the head tube lugs. The frame doesn't seem bent and the cracks don't seem deep, though.
It doesn't have any serial numbers or marks apart from the frame size.
OTOH is has some features that suggest it is (was) decent quality: gipiemme dropouts and brake bridge, those little diamonds on the bidon holder, and a wooden plug in the fork under the steerer tube (something italian builders did, I believe). Oh, and an Italian threaded bottom bracket.
I'm puzzled by this one: is it another candidate for "mystery Belg-Italian steel" (please not another one...)? Is it worth working on, given the problems mentioned?
Thanks for reading and looking, and for any comments.