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    Panasonic Nut ZeRinger's Avatar
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    Can you believe it isn't a Panasonic? (An Atala of all things?!)

    This one is an eye-talian that I saved several years ago from certain peril. I stumbled across a powdercoating place about a mile from my home and decided it was time to do something with the bare frame that had been sitting in the spare bedroom. These are just a few quick teaser shots after picking it up this morning and putting a couple of the decals back on. Still have more decals and some hand painting of the detail areas before I break out the real camera.

    1991-ish Atala SLX 58cm in Cobalt Blue (decided to deviate from the norm a little)

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    If I decide to keep it, I'm kind of pondering a Campy Athena build (again, just to be different from my other rides) but I currently have too many 'Sonics in progress to worry about this one. If I happen to land the new position I have applied for I'll be able to finish this one in addition to all the Panasonics, but if not it may be destined for the 'bay and a loving new home.
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    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
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    Just remember: the first syllable gets the emphasis. AH-ta-la.
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    PAN-uh-son-ik



    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    Nice bike. I have a similar frameset, albeit much smaller and a bit older, that I acquired from another forum member as a project to build up for my girlfriend.

    A little more chrome, some pantographing the same (seat stays, lower head tube lug), some different (fork crown). SL, I think.

    Definitely a racer from upper ranges of their lineup.

    That one is also a relatively recent repaint, metallic plum purple. Got as far as a mock-up of the build (built up minus tires, chain, cables, etc.) before I had to throw that one in storage. Expect to be back to pull it out and finish up in 5 months, and I know she can't wait to give it a spin!

    The one you have is almost big enough for me . Maybe 'll keep an eye out on the 'bay in future, just in case...

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    Panasonic Nut ZeRinger's Avatar
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    Mine did have chrome on it as well but they powdered over it. The chainstay was pretty ugly so I'm OK with it being covered. Anyone have a source for an old school chrome chainstay protector?
    So far the hard part has been abstaining from caffeine long enough to steadily hand paint the detail areas. haha

    Oh, and on a side note since we're talking pronunciation, how would you say Tange? I must admit I've heard it as Tangy, Tahnjay, and Tahn-geh. The weird thing is that I'll pronounce it two different ways depending upon who I'm talking to. Tangy for the casual riders since about 85% of them seem to call it that themselves, and Tahn-geh for the more seasoned folks such as BF members.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeRinger View Post
    Oh, and on a side note since we're talking pronunciation, how would you say Tange? I must admit I've heard it as Tangy, Tahnjay, and Tahn-geh. The weird thing is that I'll pronounce it two different ways depending upon who I'm talking to. Tangy for the casual riders since about 85% of them seem to call it that themselves, and Tahn-geh for the more seasoned folks such as BF members.
    Tahn-geh is the correct/Japanese pronunciation. I don't know if Tange USA westernized the pronunciation when they came to the US. In addition to Tangy and Tanjay, I've heard Tanj used in the US as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeRinger View Post
    Mine did have chrome on it as well but they powdered over it. The chainstay was pretty ugly so I'm OK with it being covered. Anyone have a source for an old school chrome chainstay protector?
    So far the hard part has been abstaining from caffeine long enough to steadily hand paint the detail areas. haha
    I hear you with the detailing, not a steady-handed fellow on fine motor tasks, me. Still have to do the fill on the 'Atala' panto'd stem I got along with the frame set I mentioned.

    Just curious: what all was chromed on yours? The little one I have has the chainstay, seatstay caps, FD hanger, dropouts, and fork crown chromed...

    Those chrome stick-on chainstay protectors are spottily available on the 'bay (come up now and again, sometimes cheap and sometimes not), of course, but more reliably available from SOMA: http://store.somafab.com/sochpr1.html

    EDIT: $40 minimum order from the SOMA site, though.
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    Panasonic Nut ZeRinger's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikemowbz View Post
    Just curious: what all was chromed on yours? The little one I have has the chainstay, seatstay caps, FD hanger, dropouts, and fork crown chromed...
    Just the chainstay and dropouts on mine. Thanks for the SOMA link as well. That is perfect. Is spending $40 minimum a problem for most C&V folks? Most of us could probably qualify for an episode of hoarders. heh
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    Wow, I love that frame. You have two bikes I want now

    Do you mean Athena 11? If I were you, I would look at using the component group off the Paris and then puting chorus 11 on the Paris.

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    Oh, and so there is no confusion, I would leave the shamals where they are at ad find something lower profile for this build.

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    Actually, I'd go vintage Athena like this. Keep it relatively period correct if possible. Rims would likely be Campy Victory Strada tubies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeRinger View Post
    Actually, I'd go vintage Athena like this. Keep it relatively period correct if possible. Rims would likely be Campy Victory Strada tubies.
    Forget I said anything and stick to that plan. Don't ignore chorus, CDA, or c-record either. Campy may have been functionally behind in the 80s but they did it it with class. I'm not sure there has been anything quite as pretty since. I built my tommasini up with 10spd but used monoplanars and c-record crank arms for the visual appeal.

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    Panasonic Nut ZeRinger's Avatar
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    And a few with the decals on...





    Just hanging out with a Japanese gent while awaiting the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeRinger View Post
    Just hanging out with a Japanese gent while awaiting the future.
    ...and lookin' good doing it. Good contrast. Would look just dandy with Athena stuff as mentioned.

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