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    The Frera

    The first post, the first bike, just need to say hello .

    It's Columbus Aelle steel frame, size 49cm. It was in very bad condition. So, I re-chromed and re-painted frame set and added some part's from 80's. All parts were lightly polished, golden details filled in. Nitto racks don't comply with the requirements, so I drew in CAD something special for this bike. It's custom polished stainless steel made by small local company.

    Lot of leather stitched by hand by myself. The most important: choose a color to match the paint on the bike. I decided to make classic beige leather that will be beautifully getting old. Handlebars cover with 1,5 mm vegetable-tanned leather and a little bit of cork for anti-vibration. Roll's with simple recover and transport bag.

    Frame:
    Columbus Aelle 49cm

    Fork/ Headset:
    Columbus Aelle/ Shimano 105 Golden Arrow

    Crankset:
    Shimano 105 Golden Arrow

    Pedals:
    Lyotard

    Drivetrain/ Cog/ Chainring:
    Shimano 105 Golden Arrow

    Derailleurs/ Shifters:
    Shimano 105 Golden Arrow

    Handlebars/ Stem:
    3ttt Condor/ 3ttt Record 100mm

    Saddle/ Seatpost:
    San Marco Roll's/ Stronglight Fluted 26,6

    Brakes/ Brake Lever:
    Shimano 105 Golden Arrow/ Weinmann

    Front and Rear Wheel/ Hub/ Tire:
    NOS Mavic Monthlery Pro/ Shimano 105 Golden Arrow/ Continental Giro Tubular

    Accessories:
    Custom Polished Stainless Steel Front Rack








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    How absolutely gorgeous! The colour co-ordination is superb as is the restoration work on the frameset. Thank you for sharing.

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    So I should share more :






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    Beautiful bike. I love the attention to the details. Nice photography too.
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    That is indeed quite a first post and first bike. Very nicely done!

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    Oh man, that is pretty!

    Love the color, did you paint it yourself?

    Who did the re-chrome? Tough to find anyone that does it anymore - to toxic.

    Never heard of Frera, but it is obviously a quality frame. Italian I'm guessing?
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    Very nice! What a beautiful bike. Do you have any images of the before? Do you know any of the history. Can't find much on Frera. I did find this.

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    Exquisite!
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    Quote Originally Posted by peugeot mongrel View Post
    Very nice! What a beautiful bike. Do you have any images of the before? Do you know any of the history. Can't find much on Frera. I did find this. ...
    And a small article in CR:
    Frera main

    and the website itself. Like Capo, still in business:
    http://www.ciclifrera.it/
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    Pretty nice for a girl's bike. Maybe my daughters would take an interest in riding if I dropped something like that under the Christmas tree one year.

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    Thanks, i make my best

    Giacomo 1 I "only" make little polished for all parts and all leather . Painting was made by my neighbor, he is car spraying. The paint for this bike is pearl automotive pallet but without special brand code like bmw ford WV etc...

    Here in Poland it's not as difficult to find production facility making re chrome. Of course all depends by price. For fork and back triangle they want 50 to ~850 USD ;/. I decided to make it for ~250 USD, by great people making mostly details to old cars and motor bikes.

    Frera it the biggest mystery for me. You find a lot . I know that it's Italian/Milano brand founded in 1905. And probably mostly focused at motor bikes, wiki confirm this:
    Frera - Wikipedia

    Unfortunately I cant find any pictures/catalogs.

    In Poland is very difficult to find good base to make this kind of bicycles. (Tubing, geometry, maybe brand.) I was looking for it by 6-8 months, and buy this frame in very bad condition, without any equipment.
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    Drop dead gorgeous bike. You should be very proud of your work!

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    I'm, I'm wrk101

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    Lovely bike and nice photos. Well done.

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    Beautifully done!

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    Missed this the first time 'round. Very pretty. Hat's off to you, @smurv.
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    Saw it on cycleexif, amazing revival. Your leatherwork is amazing.
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