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Need help please to understand what I have as an owner of a 1971 Bottecchia Bicycle

Old 04-03-13, 07:49 PM
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Need help please to understand what I have as an owner of a 1971 Bottecchia Bicycle



I have a 1971 Bottecchia that I bought in June of 72 hope the pictures comes out as attached. The bike pic was taken in 1982 and scanned so it has a few more miles and wear on it than shown plus I replaced the plastic guard back on the rear spoke and it has the original air pump . Just wondering opinions on what it might be worth as I would like to sell it.. Thank you anyone for your help as I am a new member to this thread.....
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WOW...Interestingly I looked up "gorgeous" in the dictionary and next to the pic of my wife was a pic of that bike.

I have no idea what its worth but I kinda want it.
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First off Welcome to the forums your in the right place with a bike like this. Interesting mix of high and somewhat lower end featues. Very Italian bike from just before the bike boom hit. I really like the chrome lugs, soxs and headbadge on the frame. Yet the bike has some lesser featues rear dr and cottered crank, steel wheels with nice high flange hubs. Considering good orgininal condition which is a big plus I would say $250-350 as is which is wild guess. Someone here should be able that is into 60's very early 70's Italian stuff should be able to give you a better reading on this bike.
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Bottecchia put beautiful fancy looking features on almost all their frames, even the low end ones. Despite the great looks, this is probably hi-tensile tubing. Cottered crank, claw RD, and steel rims give that away.

I would say maybe $200-250 just because of how attractive it looks.
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This is the second from the bottom bottecchia. I had a frame and the dead giveaway are the frame pump hangers that go along the top tube. They make nice frames with all sorts of chrome and fancy lugs but it is not really up there with some of the other bikes. The model name escapes me now.

Found it... Bottecchia model special.
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+1, it is a boom era Bottecchia Special which was an upper entry level model with a hi-tensile frame. Condition is a very big factor in value, so it's not really practical to appraise a bicycle using a 30 year old photo. If you want an accurate assessment please post a current overall drive side photo, several close-ups of the major components and a pictures of the head lugs and head crown so the chrome's quality can be assessed. Have you regreased any of the bearings? Adjusted the gears and brakes? Trued the wheels? replaced the cables? Replaced the tires? Or has it just been sitting for a decade or two?
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Originally Posted by T-Mar
+1, it is a boom era Bottecchia Special which was an upper entry level model with a hi-tensile frame. Condition is a very big factor in value, so it's not really practical to appraise a bicycle using a 30 year old photo. If you want an accurate assessment please post a current overall drive side photo, several close-ups of the major components and a pictures of the head lugs and head crown so the chrome's quality can be assessed. Have you regreased any of the bearings? Adjusted the gears and brakes? Trued the wheels? replaced the cables? Replaced the tires? Or has it just been sitting for a decade or two?
Its been sitting for 30years untouched but I do ride it just to make sure its ok.. Thanks for the help I will take it in and have it serviced based on what u shard here its probably worth $150. Thanks..
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Originally Posted by digger531
WOW...Interestingly I looked up "gorgeous" in the dictionary and next to the pic of my wife was a pic of that bike.

I have no idea what its worth but I kinda want it.
Make me an offer and its yours I figure $200?
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Thanks for the help...
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Good advice. Thank you for being so kind to help will clean it up and take new pics
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THank you
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If it's been sitting for 3 decades, it needs all new grease and the required servicing will be very expensive. Given the need for a complete overhaul, it's not worth $200 even if the cosmetics still matched the pictures.
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What state are you in?
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What state are you in?
Wisconsin
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Thank you for the advice I will get a quote before I waste Money. I just want to get ride of the bike as I need to move and the less stuff I have the less I have to store
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Need help please to understand what I have as an owner of a 1971 Bottecchia Bicycle

Put it on Craigslist just as it is. Ask 200. You should get close to that. A lot of Bottecchias in Wisconsin. I pick them up frequently. Oddly people in the Chicago area where I live don't really appreciate them. Or maybe I should say odd chicagoans don't, or maybe FIB's don't.
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It's in great condition and a pretty bike to be sure. If you enjoy bike riding hang on to it and enjoy.
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It's in great condition and a pretty bike to be sure. If you enjoy bike riding hang on to it and enjoy.
Jim, you should always check the date of the original post.
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