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Old 10-26-11, 02:26 AM
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Have you ever heard of/seen this brand?

G'day all,

On the weekend I was given a 10 speed road bike. The brand is Delesandro but I haven't been able to find anything on Google about it. If anyone has heard of this brand before let me know, and if you know where I can get some info, even better!

Here are the details:

Brand: Delesandro, Model: Unknown, Approx 56cm, Shimano 600 front and rear deraileur and bottom tube mounted shifters, Shimano 600 Crankset, Shimano 600 brakes, Mavic Wheels, Selle Italia RS saddle, Suntour headset

Let me know what I've got! It's still perfect to ride and is smoother and quieter than most new bikes I have ridden/ridden next to.
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Old 10-26-11, 03:58 AM
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Welcome to the Bicycle Forums.

There were, literally, hundreds and hundreds of different light weight road bicycles made over the years. It might well be impossible to catalog them all, today, let alone know details of them all. In other words, rather than look at the make, look at the quality of the bicycle. That is the best way to tell if you have something good, mediocre or entry level.

Have a look at the information contained in Finding Bicycles as well as in Trading Bicycles. That should help you differentiate between quality levels. Once you understand what it takes to make a vintage bicycle a good one, you will be off to the races, if you will pardon the pun.

Hope this is a help.
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Old 10-27-11, 07:05 AM
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Looks to be '70s vintage. Nice component group. Does the frame indicate what type of steel tubing was used in its manufacture?
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Old 11-01-11, 08:02 PM
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Cool Looking bike. Wish people would give me free bikes like that.
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Probably the easiest thing to do to judge likely quality is to measure the seat post diameter. The seatpost will be around 0.2 mm less than the seat tube ID, so if it's say a 26.8 mm seatpost that indicates a tube ID around 27.0 mm. The seat tube will be 28.6mm OD and thus the 27.0 ID gives a wall thickness of 0.8 mm. This is the tipping point for quality in a frame that size - high quality frames would be this gauge or thinner, lower quality bikes would be thicker.
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Old 11-03-11, 08:57 PM
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I had one about 8 years ago, it came to me among a huge lot I bought at an estate sale.
The bike was equipped with Shimano 400 derailleurs, with Silstar cranks, black alloy headset, not sure of the brand, a suede leather saddle, and Ukai rims.
The bike was a dark non metallic purple color, with huge very plain lugs. It wasn't overly heavy but it didn't seem to be very high end.
It had basically the same decal as yours but in yellow. It was in semi rough shape and not my size so I parted it out and traded the frameset for something I could use. I think mine was about a 22" frame.
The part that turned me off about it was the odd looking lugs, they just didn't look right on a lightweight bike.
My guess was that it must have been a shop brand or distributor branded bike. There was also a tubular tire by Delesandro about 15 or so years ago. Maybe they branded some bikes?
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I've seen a few of the large lugged frames and I think they may be aluminum lugged and steel tubed. Kabuki and Bridgestone come to mind....nice bike with good components...
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