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    Early 70`s Bottecchia ???

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    Sorry about the links I always forget which photobucket link to use

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    I think you have the right era. Bike boom classic. Great color. Nice that its all original.

    That would be awesome cleaned up and tuned up. My favorite bikes are from that era. Super dependable, great riding bikes. I dont think you can put that bike in a catagorie like touring, racing etc. Its a multi use 10-speed. Siimiliar to a Peugeot UO-8, Raleigh Grand Prix, Motobecane Mirage, etc.

    Hey that one would fit me. Box it up and ship it to me and I'll make do with it.
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    Bloor Cycle, that brings back some memories. We used to go in there in the early 70s and touch the Cinelli Super Corsa, and the crabby old owner would bark at us "don't touch that bike".

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    Quote Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
    I think you have the right era. Bike boom classic. Great color. Nice that its all original.

    That would be awesome cleaned up and tuned up. My favorite bikes are from that era. Super dependable, great riding bikes. I dont think you can put that bike in a catagorie like touring, racing etc. Its a multi use 10-speed. Siimiliar to a Peugeot UO-8, Raleigh Grand Prix, Motobecane Mirage, etc.

    Hey that one would fit me. Box it up and ship it to me and I'll make do with it.
    +1

    I'm guessing it's high tension "gas pipe" tubing, but a real nice find imo.

    I would be anxious to test out it's handling characteristics, especially as I just bought my first Bottecchia on Saturday night.

    Mine came with old sew-up tires, so I haven't been out on it yet. Rain stopped today though.

    I measured the frame angles at 72 degrees seat tube and73 degrees head tube, so glad I found one in a larger size.
    I expect you will find your bike to be a very stable ride, and hopefully it's not sized on the small side for you.
    Bottecchia sold a lot of bikes over many years with very few changes year-to-year, but yours looks like an early 1970's bike to me.
    Mine is a 1973 model in blue.

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    Age is about correct, it isn't possible to figure an exact year because lots of similar Bottecchias came over in that era. That was the DeLuxe model - same frame type as the Special - stamped dropouts and simple looks. But unlike the Special it doesn't have the chrome fork and triangle ends. Its low-end pipe, but the DeLuxe holds up better with age because the chrome they used on the other models was crappy and rusted quickly. It looks like the paint on that one is in real nice shape. Clean it up and polishing compound will bring it back to shape!

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    Looks about one step below my wifes bike, she loves hers.

    They don't all rust





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    The yellow/chrome Bottecchias are the bomb.

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    Bottechia DeLuxe from the early seventies...

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    Thanks to everyone, the Deluxe is right on the ball.
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    Reminds me of my white/chrome stayed Special Bottecchia I had In 1972. My first "good" bicycle (at least it was to me.) Rode sweet too.

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