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Atala Record Professional rebuild complete

Old 04-29-17, 08:02 AM
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Atala Record Professional rebuild complete

Forgive the long post but this is my first rebuild. Some of you may remember me posting about scoring this 1972 Atala Record Professional frame with Columbus tubing and Campagnolo drop-outs.

Having never ridden Columbus before or anything with vintage Campagnolo, I set about slowly collecting parts and rebuilding it. I got a Nuovo Record bottom bracket, rear and front derailleurs, crankset, Gran Sport downtube shifters, a Campy cable guide, and NR hubs laced to Mavic "Module E" rims with 27" panaracers on them.

From my parts bin I scavenged Mafac Racer brakes, brake levers (all original), and cable hangers. The only non-Mafac brake component is the front cable hanger.

I bought a sweet short 65mm 3ttt Record stem and 3ttt bars and wrapped them with Benotto tape.

The bike had a funky headset which I rebuilt and kept. I added the Brooks Professional with an unknown seatpost.

Finally, I finished it off with Sylvan MKS pedals and NOS AFA pedal clips.

All cleaned, lubed, and polished I hit the road!

I was very pleased with how smooth the NR derailleurs worked -- a real joy --- but the bike was uninspiring to ride. I gave it about a week and was not feeling it.

So I stripped the whole transmission off, converted the cranks to just the single 52 chainring and swapped out the rear wheel for a fixed gear Suzue Pro Max hub laced to a Velocity Aerohead.

Talk about a new experience! I like fixed gear because I live on a completely flat Island ringed by bike trails. So I don't really need gears and I love the feeling of riding fixed.

I rode for a little over 10 miles.The bike was light, responsive, and just plain fun. Topped out at 22 mph on the straightaways.

I just need to swap out the front wheel with my Aerohead front and replace the straddle cable on the rear brake but I snapped a few pictures.
















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Old 04-29-17, 09:52 AM
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You and I differ radically on the single speed or fixed gear thing, but I do like your taste in saddles, Italian frames, and your color scheme, and I am glad you did not hack off the derailleur tab.
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Well done for a first build. For what it is worth, I really liked my first Atala Pro, finding it to offer more than decent ride quality. Not sure if eliminating the derailleurs would make much difference in the way I interpret ride quality though...



These days, I always run tubulars on my older rides, finding them to add positively to the bike's agility. As soon as the ice/snow melts, this old guy(me) and this baby(the blue bike)will be spending a summer together...

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Originally Posted by Dougbloch View Post

Be careful; that straddle cable looks about ready to snap.

N.B. You can use a derailleur cable to make a new straddle cable for those MAFAC brakes.
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Yes I made mention of this in my post, thanks! I have a new cable at home waiting for me.

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Be careful; that straddle cable looks about ready to snap.

N.B. You can use a derailleur cable to make a new straddle cable for those MAFAC brakes.
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Is headset as it came to you?

Appears cobbled from bits. Locknut looks like it came from another set.

Are there markings on the adjustable race or is that just galling?

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Is headset as it came to you?

Appears cobbled from bits. Locknut looks like it came from another set.

Are there markings on the adjustable race or is that just galling?

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That is some strange Franken-headset that a previous owner cobbled together and threw on there. It came with it. It has no identifying marks. At some point I will either swap it for a Tange Levin I have it, put a Campy one on there like it came with, or maybe sell the frame as I got it.
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Looks like your handlebar stem may need to be inserted just a smidgen more... looks like the minimum insertion level inscribe might be visible in the picture you provided. Might want to check that, just to be sure. Beautiful bike and super build... you did good.

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I often consider a fixed gear bike, but at 65, taking up new sports may not be smart for my body.
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It looks like typical Pletscher rack damage to the seat stays.

I think that you'll find that you get better braking if you move the shoes closer to the arms.
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Old 04-30-17, 08:32 AM
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Why are you using a rear brake on a fg?
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Old 04-30-17, 08:49 AM
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Why are you using a rear brake on a fg?
I built it up as a road bike first and when I converted it to fixed I figured I'd leave it on because I like to ride on top of the hoods. Plus it doesn't hurt to have a little extra braking power, especially with these almost 50 year old knees of mine!
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Why are you using a rear brake on a fg?
Why not?
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Looks like your handlebar stem may need to be inserted just a smidgen more... looks like the minimum insertion level inscribe might be visible in the picture you provided. Might want to check that, just to be sure. Beautiful bike and super build... you did good.
Thanks! I think it's a grease line in the picture from when I adjusted the stem, but I am above the line.
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Originally Posted by Dougbloch View Post
That is some strange Franken-headset that a previous owner cobbled together and threw on there. It came with it. It has no identifying marks. At some point I will either swap it for a Tange Levin I have it, put a Campy one on there like it came with, or maybe sell the frame as I got it.


Thanks for the response. What caught me eye was the brit locknut.

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