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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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    Yes, pics! Sounds cool though.

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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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by mdsalemi View Post
    . I still have it; it is serial #221, made in July of 1972. I ride it all the time.
    Pics?
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdsalemi View Post
    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!
    Great info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
    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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