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Old 05-02-19, 08:01 PM
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Ballpark price on this Bottecchia?

Hey guys . Sorry for the poor pics but it's all I got . I was wondering about a ballpark price on this... I guess it has some campy components....looking for a ballpark value here, and does anyone think this would be an upgrade over a 1984 Miyata 310?? I've never had a bike with campy components... Thanks







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I am not familiar with the Miata 310 but if it has aluminum alloy wheels and integrated rear derailleur hanger this is not an up grade. I believe this bike dates to mid ‘70s and is likely a “boom bike”. The Campagnolo is their bottom of the line mostly stamped steel Valentino model.

The bike has has no interest to me but if you really want it $100 seems OK
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Try this link

1992 rb-2

RB-2 for $200 but seller told me he will take $100 cash.
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This Bottecchia Special is a step DOWN from the Miyata 310. The '92 RB-2 referenced above is vastly superior. Bianchigirll nailed it as a bike-boom era machine. I have it's slightly lower in the pecking order cousin as my Clunker Challenge 100 bike this year. Those look like the original Dolomiti steel 27-in rims; if those are the same 3-piece hubs with steel centers as mine, RUN. What she said about the Campagnolo Valentino stuff is right on. I have the same cranks on my Bottecchia De Luxe, and I am underwhelmed by them - and I kinda like steel cottered cranks, but not these. It might be fun to play with, but the Miyata is better and the B'stone WGB linked in is better still.

A side note - the Bottecchia DeLuxe I have for this year's Clunker Challenge just doesn't give me a good feeling, and I've ridden stuff that I had to bend back into shape to ride. The hub and bottom bracket bearings are inferior to the basic, contemporary French and British stuff I'm used to from boom era bikes. It feels leaden. We say "The French had a was with gaspipe," because they really were good at delivering a nice ride out of meh materials. I don't get that sense at all from my Bottecchia.
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Old 05-03-19, 03:24 PM
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Try this link

1992 rb-2

RB-2 for $200 but seller told me he will take $100 cash.
Hmmm. I'm not too familiar with that bike but it looks pretty decent?
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The Bott might be a step down from an '84 mid-level miyata, but it would be a lot more fun and rewarding to work on. For me, the cool factor alone far surpasses a 310.

But this is coming from someone with more than one bike. If you can only have one to ride, I'd probably take the 310 ... and then trick it out.
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The Bottecchia Model Special was a, more or less, entry level model with some bling attached (chrome socks and head tube lugs)...


The Campy stuff is entry level and nothing to write home about, performance wise. The Bott is not a rider's upgrade when compared to the Miyata. Value, between $100.00 and $200.00 US if in working condition...


I can't quite see the hubs but they too should be Campy and add some value, in my opinion. In fact, I really like the high flange Campy hubs and run them on a couple of my own bikes...
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Hmmm. I'm not too familiar with that bike but it looks pretty decent?

If that bike fits you and is local, it is a very, very good deal at $100 and a very decent deal at $200. Bridgestone is one of the better Japanese brands.
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Old 05-04-19, 10:57 PM
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so it seems like it is somewhat collectible...somewhat of an eye catcher but not the best on performance...thanks for the replies guys I was looking for an upgrade on my 310 think I'll pass on this een though it's a nice eye catcher and kind of interesting
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The subject bicycle would be a distinct downgrade over a 1984 Miyata 310. It will weigh about 4 lbs more, not perform or ride as well, be harder to maintain and have inferior workmanship. The 310 is probably about 4lbs lighter., courtesy of double butted CrMo versus plain gauge hi-tensile steel, aluminum rims versus steel, and a cotterless aluminum crankset versus cottered steel. Those Campagnolo Valentino derailleurs are only appropriate for paper weights when compared to the lighter and better shifting Shimano 105 of the 310. BTW, those appear to be Gnutti hubs, as opposed to the better Campagnolo Tipo on Randy's bicycle. Finally, your butt will hate you for putting it on that saddle. The only thing going for this bicycle is the bling of the chrome. There are enough of these around that I wouldn't consider them to be even somewhat collectible, unless they are in at least VG+ condition. IMO, this Bottecchia is a sub-$100 bicycle.
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I call Bottecchia the Schwinn of Italy. They used to make everything from entry level budget priced bikes to top of the line Tour de France competition models. The one contained in the OP is a budget model. Looks like a steel cottered crank and chrome wheels. Oh my. It's pretty. But not a pedigree bike.
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