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Old 08-02-15, 11:05 AM
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Benotto City bike or a race bike in disguise

Hello I came across this Benotto city bike. Is it a converted race bike?

The frame has no sticker telling which tubes it is made of.
The fork is marked with Cilo.
The rack is from Cinelli
Rear derailleur:Campagnolo
Front Derailleur: Shimano
Handlebar: 3TTT
Stem: Calzone pantographed

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Old 08-02-15, 11:10 AM
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With that style of stem, I'd say someone converted a drop bar road bike to an upright road bike. With the longish wheelbase, I doubt that it is a race bike.

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Old 08-02-15, 11:30 AM
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It looks pretty nice. Do you have the tubing type?

One must have a bit of extra rear wheel clearance with horizontal dropouts, although that is quite a bit for the fenders.

The dropout eyelets are more of a city/touring feature.

If it is good tubing, then I don't think the distinction of racing vs touring makes a huge difference. How old is that? 10 years old? Not too much racing on steel today.
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Old 08-02-15, 11:52 AM
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I'd never be able to fit fenders on any of my 'race' bikes. I can barely fit 25mm tires on some.
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A Cinelli rack? Wow. We get crap like Blackburn.
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I will see if I can get some more pictures. The bike was very light and fast. The frame was very well made and the surfaces around the lugs were even and fine.
I forgot to say that it has Campagnolo hubs and brakes. The only thing I found a bit bad was the attachment for the rack.
The guy had picked up the bike in France.

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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
The dropout eyelets are more of a city/touring feature.
It almost looks like there's a tab for mounting a chain guard:

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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
It almost looks like there's a tab for mounting a chain guard:
Does anybody run a chainguard with a double crankset?

A little odd though.

I can't tell the derailleur attachment based on your blowup.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Does anybody run a chainguard with a double crankset?
The double crank might not be original, and might explain the absence of a chain guard, if what I see is actually a mount point for such a guard and not an artifact of the picture.
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Not common, but some bikes did have a chainguard with an FD like this Umberto Dei Superleggera.

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I don't think it was originally either. It looks like a road bike that was converted, but it doesn't have race geometry.
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