I am going to give a reply to my own post, as I've (a) had a nice ride on this Italian babe and (b) gotten a few clues into my head in the 24 proud hours of ownership.
Firstly, I should learn that, when I take a pic of my babe, I don't take a pic with the bike turned such that the pump blocks the tube with the name on it.
Like asking a cute girl for a pic from the rear (er, unless her rear is particularly worthwhile photographing!
Nextly, this is an Italian classic brand bike, the second oldest bike manufacturer in Italy after Bianchi.
The shop from which I purchased in Richmond, Melbourne, Australia ONLY sells good quality stuff, so everything is pretty much Italian (or French).
So, we have the following components:
- Frame – Olympia Speedy (it may be called “Veloce” in Italian, not sure) – maybe my bike is a 2008 model, again, not sure;
- Wheels – Miche Reflex RX3;
- Groupset – Campagnolo Mirage, Compact Version;
- Tyres – Vittoria Zaffiro;
- Handlebars – ITM.
The proof of any pudding is in the eating. A lovely babe to ride.
Bike is flaming red, so it must now, in true Italian allegory to a Ferrari, be called a Testa Rossa.
Bike did beautifully on the generally flat Melbourne topography on a still, crisp Melbourne winter’s morning. Then, took it up one of the steeper hills in Melbourne (Oliver’s Hill near Frankston, for those who know it) and it coped admirably – went up the hill in a breeze and came down the hill, nice and stable and no feeling that the bike was about to fall apart or produce a death rattle.
I think the chainrings are 50/34 at the front and 26 at the back on the biggest sprocket – I think.