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Old 08-31-18, 12:47 PM
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1983 Gios Professional

I bought this frame from @shnibop a while ago. Last night I finally finished putting it together. It's not actually "done" -- I still need to adjust the hubs -- but it's certainly picture-ready. When I took it out for the obligatory garage door photos, a random guy walking his dog stopped to talk to me about how nice he thought it was. Those of you who live in cities might not appreciate how rare it is for random people to talk to you in the suburbs. This was nice...a pleasant start for this Gios' new life. Many thanks to @nesteel for the trade that provided most of the components on this bike. Special thanks to @merziac for letting me talk him out of the shifters he had just bought for a different project.









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Old 08-31-18, 12:49 PM
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@Andy_K - Nice bike! 57ish?
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Old 08-31-18, 12:59 PM
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@Andy_K - Nice bike! 57ish?
It's 58 center-to-top, so I guess I would call that 57ish.
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Old 08-31-18, 01:04 PM
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I never expect anyone to say anything about what I am riding. One time commuting home on the Pinarello, someone shouted from an SUV "Nice bike." He slowed down on an on ramp during rush hour, nearly caused an accident! For those in DC it was the ramp on the east side of the tidal basin onto 395 by the Jefferson Memorial.
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Of all the well known Italian brands, Gios Torino is the one I'd like in my stable. Probably some deep seated psychological thing about having met him at Gaiole. Beauty.
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Very handsome.
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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
I never expect anyone to say anything about what I am riding. One time commuting home on the Pinarello, someone shouted from an SUV "Nice bike." He slowed down on an on ramp during rush hour, nearly caused an accident! For those in DC it was the ramp on the east side of the tidal basin onto 395 by the Jefferson Memorial.
That's a cool story. Not what you usually hear from passing motorists.
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Nicely done.
Please register it on the Official Gios Torino Historic Register.
My 1984 Professional is in the Register at N.153.
Gios Torino are very proud of their history and this distinguishes them from so many other bigger manufacturers.
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Nice bike, enjoy!
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AND nice tires.
'The WE' = The Whole Enchilda

but you always do it so nice @AndyK.
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Beautiful job Andy. It looks locked in, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
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Originally Posted by Big Block View Post
Nicely done.
Please register it on the Official Gios Torino Historic Register.
My 1984 Professional is in the Register at N.153.
Gios Torino are very proud of their history and this distinguishes them from so many other bigger manufacturers.
I definitely plan to. I love that they started that register. It let's me tell my wife, "But honey, there are only four other 1983 Gios Professionals in the historic register!" I've got to justify my obsession somehow, right?
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Beautiful job Andy. It looks locked in, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
You think? There are a couple of things I'm contemplating. For one thing I want to get the proper vintage rear derailleur cable housing.

I have a Super Record headset that I could swap in, but it seems to have been a thing to mix in some black with these blue Gios, though usually also with a black stem. I don't know about that. This Specialized headset is pretty functional. I could probably get away with a normal stem. This is a Technomic buried as far as it'll go without the steerer butting causing problems. I'm kind of picky about fit, but this is right on the border of needing a tall stem. I usually go with Soma Sutros but those only come in 80 and 100 and I needed 90 for this. There might be a Cinelli 1A in this bike's future.

When I consulted him during the planning of this build @Andy Antipas; told me I should go with dark anodized vintage rims such as MA40 or G40s. At the time I was comfortable with my choice of modern TB14s (and I still think they look pretty great) but having gotten so close to a fully proper vintage build I'm second guessing myself a little.

Obviously this is all minor stuff. I'm actually very happy with how this came together. Just reaching for the brass ring now.

Thanks to everyone who has commented.
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Great job on a beautiful bike.

Love that Gios blue!
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Glad to finally see this built up, damn sweet! The slightly yellowed panels give it great bona fides.
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Beautiful!!!!
Brings back memories. My high school riding mate's father had one much like that - I always lusted after it, but could not afford it at the time.
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Andy K, it looks the business! Nicely done! Did you get your Brooklyn Chewing Gum Jersey yet?
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That blue, the Campagnolo, mmmmmm......perfection!
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Nice ride Andy. Gios Blue is my most favorite bike color.
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I wouldn't change the housing, I think it looks clean and adds just a tiny bit of modernity for spice

Super nice.
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Andy K, it looks the business! Nicely done! Did you get your Brooklyn Chewing Gum Jersey yet?
i didn't get the jersey yet, but I did get a Brooklyn cycling cap.
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Nicely done Andy. There used to be a guy on eBay selling the metal coil RD housing for $7 or $8.

Not only are we De Rosa bros, now we’re Gios bros.



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Nicely done Andy. There used to be a guy on eBay selling the metal coil RD housing for $7 or $8.

Not only are we De Rosa bros, now we’re Gios bros.
Sweet! Maybe some day we'll be Cinelli bros.

I was just looking at the Compact dropouts on their site earlier today. Those are kind of neat. Do they actually do anything useful?
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I was just looking at the Compact dropouts on their site earlier today. Those are kind of neat. Do they actually do anything useful?
When I got the bike I slid the dropout to the longest setting and haven’t moved it since. There’s 8 mm of travel by my measurement. Not much but maybe enough for someone with Merckx-like sensitivities to fit to notice a difference in handling. A friend told me this frame is popular in the single-speed/fixie crowd.
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