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Old 02-15-12, 06:24 PM   #1
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Can you help me ID this new find?

Just got my hands on what appears to be a vintage Italian bike. I'm more of a MTB rider, so I'm a bit out of my element in the road world. I'm hoping one or more of you folks could help me figure out what I've acquired. Intention is to restore it and use for light road riding with other road riding buddies.

Headtube logo says "Mascheroni Milano", downtube says "Lupo", stickers on the seat tube say "U.Mascheroni" with what look like Olympic rings and one sticker that says "Cicli Lupo Milano" (is shield shaped with a german shepherd head in the middle). Frame is red in color, has a "175" stamped on bottom of BB, no other markings.

Components are all Campy Nuovo Record (everything from the hubs, shifters, derailleurs, brakes, brake levers, crankset, etc). Stamp on Campy chainring is a "C" in a diamond. Stamp on rear derailleur says "Patent 72".

Tried many combos of the above words and can't seem to find anything about it at all. I'll try to get a pic up if that would help.

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Old 02-15-12, 06:39 PM   #2
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Yes, pics! Sounds cool though.
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Old 02-15-12, 08:01 PM   #3
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alright, here are some pics.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1107754...eat=directlink
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Old 02-15-12, 10:24 PM   #4
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interesting! more pics of the frame details would be nice, but still might not allow me to ID it: never heard of this brand or maker (but somebody else may have). "Lupo" means "Wolf", but that sure does look like a German Shepard/Alsatian dog.
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Old 02-16-12, 07:09 AM   #5
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There doesn't appear to be any braze-on fittings, so it's proably early 1970s. There's no visible tubing decal either. What size seat post does it take? Are there five helical ridges on the inside, at the bottom of the fork's steerer tube? This will tell us the level of the frame, if nothing else.
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Old 08-09-12, 11:39 AM   #6
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Yes, I can help. Umberto "Lupo" Mascheroni was a frame maker and bike builder. He had a shop in Milan; he was also affiliated with Legnano, and the Birra Dreher racing team. He built bikes for the like of the DeVlaeminck brothers, Ole Ritter and more. In 1972, I went to Milan as a 16 year old, and called the Legnano factory--I wanted to buy a Legnano, a high end bike being sold near me in NYC at the time. What the lady who answered the phone did was give me an address. It was Umberto's shop; I had a custom made, full Campagnolo Nuovo Record bike made for $350. I still have it; it is serial #221, made in July of 1972. I ride it all the time. I was smart enough as a kid to pick up extra sets of decals from Umberto; my bike has been painted twice since then. Now it is a piece of history!
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. I still have it; it is serial #221, made in July of 1972. I ride it all the time.
Pics?
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Yes, I can help. Umberto "Lupo" Mascheroni was a frame maker and bike builder. He had a shop in Milan; he was also affiliated with Legnano, and the Birra Dreher racing team. He built bikes for the like of the DeVlaeminck brothers, Ole Ritter and more. In 1972, I went to Milan as a 16 year old, and called the Legnano factory--I wanted to buy a Legnano, a high end bike being sold near me in NYC at the time. What the lady who answered the phone did was give me an address. It was Umberto's shop; I had a custom made, full Campagnolo Nuovo Record bike made for $350. I still have it; it is serial #221, made in July of 1972. I ride it all the time. I was smart enough as a kid to pick up extra sets of decals from Umberto; my bike has been painted twice since then. Now it is a piece of history!
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Great info!
There's more information out there if one seeks it out; google Umberto Mascheroni, Lupo, etc. and see what pops up. Brush up on your Italian, though...

Pics? Don't have any, but will get them shortly--like this weekend.

The bike came with "sew-up" tires, Campy low flange 32 spoke hubs. Changed those out in 1976 or so for Weinmann concave rims (anyone remember those?) on Campy low flange; I built the wheels and they are absolutely bullet proof. I have thousands of miles on those and rarely have they needed a truing. I switched to a Weyless seatpost in the late 70s as well. The bike was repainted in 1976 by a place in Washington DC whose name escapes me. It was painted and had some braze-ons added in 1987 by Assenmacher in Swartz Creek, Michigan. Long before it was trendy (and that trend passed a long time ago) I had the parts black anodized; when new, it was sweet looking and way ahead of its time. I once had Weyless hubs, but one day the bonding separated (they were three piece) and instantly sheared off 36 spoke heads at once. I went back to Campy.

The bike has a very short wheelbase with little rake to the fork; it rides like a sports car. I ride around the Amish area of central Michigan, and just love the old bike. It was superb transportation for me throughout high school and college. Now it lives at my summer home.

I always wonder if there are other Lupos in the USA. I'll take some pix and post early next week.
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Dear mdsalemi, fantastic history! I confirm everything with some details in addition.
I'm another Lupo cycle owner. It was my true racing cycle. My Lupo frame is serial #212 by may'72 built . I understand that mine was built 9 units before your. Are You male or female? I remember at that time a beatiful american girl whom Lupo released a cycle. Was you?
The framer/welder was Mr. Gilardi coming from Bianchi and Legnano brands after their racing team abandoned.
Mr. Umberto Mascheroni Mr. Gilardi and Mr. Umberto Marnati were collegues in Legnano Professional teams and technicians of Mr. Coppi, Baldini and a lot of Champions across 1950-60.
Lupo Mascheroni, along with Umberto Marnati , another great mechanic , and the masseur Italo Villa, made ​​a trio of the highest level . No coincidence that the first two Binda followed with the National Tour , while Villa was just going to massage the muscles of a certain Kubler .
Lupo Mascheroni, one of the many students of Faliero Masi ( another example is Ernesto Colnago ) , was good-natured , easygoing and confidant to Legnano . In race he was concerned with bicycles , running out for new talent . An observer before its time. Marnati , however , was a big frame builder (that is then built in his name bicycles ) , in short, a workshop . After the Legnano era Lupo Mascheroni he open his workshop placed in via Baldinucci (Bovisa area) an old popular quarter in North side of Milan. The shop is still existing but actually became "Centro Carni Bovisa".
On end of '72 birra Dreher professional abandoned cycling, Lupo continues build bikes for same team and riders but changing jersey sponsor into Brooklin chewing gum. For team Brooklin the cycles was branded "Gios Torino" following sponsoring agreement.
Now my cycle is marked Marnati Daniele son of Umberto (is dead 2006) after refurbishing and painting done on 2001 because Mr. Lupo died on '95.
Daniele Marnati is '63 Years old and still working producing top level cycling in carbon steel frames in his workshop placed in Milan Via Delfico close to Ghisolfa bridge and not far from the old workshop of Mr. Lupo Mascheroni.
There is another very interesting history regarding Mr. Drali. But it's another history!
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Old 05-04-16, 01:42 PM   #11
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My lupo serial number #53 .


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