I saw your ebay listing last week, and I noticed the 26 inch wheels and was wondering what was up with that. Very curious.
Mountain bikes were becoming very popular by 1989, even in Europe. So, it's possible that this is one of Bottechia's first mountain bikes. It's set up the way a mountain bike would be in 89, although the tires would be fatter and knobbier.
Or, maybe Bottechia made a cyclocross bike with 26 inch wheels for some reason, and somebody put flat mountain-bike type handlebars on it. It may even be a custom built frame. The stem looks newer than 1989, as do the rims, so it looks like somebody has been tinkering with the bike some.
Fact is, you could use it in a cross race. 50 bucks is a great price, but isn't your shipping charge 150 bucks? 200 total is a bit steep for a curious bike with rust on it.
Don't throw it into the bay - if this sale doesn't work out, take those campy parts off and sell them individually. I'll bet you could get 50 bucks just for the crank.
edit - sorry, I just read your explanation for the 125 dollar shipping charge. Looks like you have already taken some flak for that.
Last edited by same time; 10-12-05 at 11:29 AM.