Hello all, as said in my presentation post I have been reading this forum for quite a while, so I decided to start interacting.
I just got this racing bicycle in a second hand industrial appliance store (???). Well, it was there resting on the side of a pizza/bread oven, and I liked it at the first sight.
I tried it with the tyres almost flat but I could feel it was okay anyway, so I got it.
It has been repainted quite discretely, in the meaning that if you are more far away than a meter you would say it's really in good nick for its age.
I wouldn't swear it's a Romani, I'd prefer to say that it's an unknown bicycle frame with Romani stickers.
It wears Simplex dérailleurs and downtube plastic shifters, Belleri quill stem and dropdown bars, Amuat Competizione QR skewers (Competizione is actually written in the cursive Campagnolo font), Suarini France (with an Olympic logo) alloy cranks, Suntour pedals, Selle San Marco Laser black saddle, and Lee Chi G calliper brakes.
Many components are nameless, e.g. the bottom bracket, 5 cog freewheel (which clicks nicely and it's not worn out) dropouts, brake levers, chain.
I would like to give a name to this frame, the obvious biggest clue are the stickers but I wouldn't rely much on them because some of the components are French, and being Italian myself I know perfectly how much "hate" there is cycling-wise between the two sides of the Western Alps ... : )
The wheels too are nameless, but they look nice. The rims had an oval sticker where there is the welding on the rim, but they took them off so now there is just an oval patch of glue residual.
No obvious markings on BB shell, under the BB, or on the rear lugs.
It feels lighter than my Raleigh Sport Equipe single speed conversion, does this mean this frame is made in some Reynolds/Columbus tubing or similar? How to discover this?
Below some photos for you guys, if you'd like to see, please:
I would be grateful if somebody would shed some light, I love vintage stuff and for this reason knowing that I have a old bicycle is not enough for me, I generally like to know the history of the old items I own..
Thanks a lot in advance!