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    1968 Lygie Record Pro, Frankenbike or retro-mod?

    My just finished Lygie after a couple of test rides. I received the bike original and complete, but rebuilt it with a mix of newer components including:
    Campy Super Record Derailleurs, VO crank-set, Shimano 7 speed freewheel, Phil Wood hubs, VO Raid rims, VO post and stem, Cardiff saddle, Soma stem mount shifters, TRP brake levers with Tektro brakes, SPD pedals. Weighs in 25 lbs as shown with pedals and seat bag.

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    After two short rides (50 miles total) I love this bike!
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    looking very fine indeed.

    always enjoy a nice rizzato.

    did you make any "before" photos you could add to the thread?

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    Looks great. That crank goes well with the chrome lugs.

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    Oldairhead -

    were you able to locate any catalogue materials or specifications sheet(s) which helped you to date your bicycle?

    i have a lygie distaffer which i suspect to date from right around the same time as your machine. it is made of a.l. columbo db tubing with campagnolo 1010 ends and has a campagnolo record headset. took it in as a framseset with a few bits hanging on. it is blue flambouyant with an antique white head tube. are serial numbers an aid to dating on these cycles?

    thank you for any information.

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    Oldairhead: Looks like you've got it set up to climb mountains. Are those the Soma rd arms? THanks. Brad
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    Nice, But I think you have the back plate for the RD upside down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
    Nice, But I think you have the back plate for the RD upside down.
    You are right!!! Its amazing what you miss when you are anxious to ride.
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    Senior Member Oldairhead's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by juvela View Post
    Oldairhead -

    were you able to locate any catalogue materials or specifications sheet(s) which helped you to date your bicycle?
    I can find very little information on the Lygie marque. This bike was purchased by me from Pacific Coast Cycles in Oceanside CA earlier this year. The owner, Chuck has the unique ability to locate old bikes, often from their original owner which was the case here. I was relying heavily on information from him, passed on from the original owner.

    The 1960's Lygie shown on Classic Rendezvous is essentially identical to my bike by all I can see with a couple of minor differences in decals and seat post clamp. The frame number is on the side of the seat tube, not the number shown under the bottom bracket. My frame number starts with 68, which possibly confirms the 1968 date of manufacture. On the CR bike the frame number can be seen to start with 66 (presumably meaning 1966). My bike has no numbers stamped under the BB.
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    found a california based lygie importer who was active in this era. it is possible your example was brought in by them.

    the model number for your machine is 912M. women's version was 912L.

    the distributor is I. Martin Imports, 8330 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

    they were still going in the mid-'70's; do not know a start date for the company.

    thank you for the information Oldairhead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juvela View Post
    found a california based lygie importer who was active in this era. it is possible your example was brought in by them.

    the model number for your machine is 912M. women's version was 912L.

    the distributor is I. Martin Imports, 8330 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

    they were still going in the mid-'70's; do not know a start date for the company.

    thank you for the information Oldairhead.
    Thanks for the info! Little bits here and there help with the puzzle. I wish there were a place that info like this could be accumulated and shared by all.
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    one possible research avenue -

    as you mentioned lygie information is a bit sparse. one interesting path you might pursue would be to check on rizzato's better known marque for the period of your machine. one possible place to start could be that page at cr. have a look at the metal of the professional model and see how it compares with yours.

    it may prove that the metal was the same for the two lines from top to bottom or it may turn out that they are different...

    perchance a bit o' fun in any event.

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    Beautiful bike. I love the black and chrome.
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    Hello again Oldairhead,

    checked the distaffer example on hand here. serial begins 66F----. she has three license stickers. the earliest is from the city of Hawthorne, California. this is only ~12-14miles south of the address for I. Martin Imports, so a good possibility she came from them as well.

    on the sheet from Martin they state that "Lygie has been enjoyed by American cyclists for over seventeen years" but as the material is undated we don't know seventeen years from when.

    confusion regarding model number for your example -

    they show a grainy picture of a Lygie Professionale fitted with Campag brakes and give the model number 912M/912L. the brakes mean it cannot be earlier than 1969.

    on another page they have a price list for whole bicycles and list the Lygie Professionale as model number 112W for one equipped with Weinmann brakes, 112C for a model fitted with Campag brakes and model 112LW for the women's model.

    they mention the professionale is available all chrome.

    prices -

    model 112W: wholesale 275.00, retail 395.00

    model 112C: wholesale 335.00, retail 460.00

    am thinking this must be ~1974.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juvela View Post
    Hello again Oldairhead,]

    confusion regarding model number for your example -

    they show a grainy picture of a Lygie Professionale fitted with Campag brakes and give the model number 912M/912L. the brakes mean it cannot be earlier than 1969.

    on another page they have a price list for whole bicycles and list the Lygie Professionale as model number 112W for one equipped with Weinmann brakes, 112C for a model fitted with Campag brakes and model 112LW for the women's model.
    Juvela,

    Thanks for the additional info, it is amazing to me how much knowledge is out there. My Lygie came original with Weinmann brakes and levers, but with Campy Record derailleurs and bar end shifters. The RD is apparently made of bronze and steel! It feels like a boat anchor but it is still interesting to me. Here is the Velobase link to it:

    VeloBase.com - Component: Campagnolo 1020, Record

    I ended up using a 2nd gen Super Record unit with Soma extended pulley arms to get the gear range I want.
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