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Old 04-11-19, 07:01 AM
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1970s Atala Record

I happened across this bike on ebay yesterday, listed as a "Rizzato Padova Bicycle," with just this one photo. Curious, I contacted the seller, to see if he could post some more photos. I finally determined that it appears to be a 1973 Atala Record. Purchased it for $175 + shipping. It's rough, but I should be able to bring it back to life.



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It looks like there's an issue with the rear derailleur's cage tension spring. I see replacement brake levers, replacement front wheel, replacement rear rim, replacement pedals, replacement saddle. Replacement shift levers too but those like Simplex Retrofriction. Looks like the original owner was a USCF sanctioned competitor.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
It looks like there's an issue with the rear derailleur's cage tension spring. I see replacement brake levers, replacement front wheel, replacement rear rim, replacement pedals, replacement saddle. Replacement shift levers too but those like Simplex Retrofriction. Looks like the original owner was a USCF sanctioned competitor.
Good eye. I've already found a nice pair of Universal levers. I'll probably use the Simplex Retrofrictions for my upcoming rando build.
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That'll clean up nice and you got a great deal.

Keeping it tubular or going to clinchers?
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The ride quality on these old Atala Professionals is pretty decent and ya gotta love the vintage appeal that the paint scheme and chrome bring out...


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Keeping it tubular or going to clinchers?
I'll go with clinchers. I stopped riding tubulars when I stopped racing in the late 80s.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
The ride quality on these old Atala Professionals is pretty decent and ya gotta love the vintage appeal that the paint scheme and chrome bring out...
Good stuff, Randy. I'll probably use your website as a resource when mine arrives.
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The left side cage plate of the rear derailleur is upside down.
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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
I happened across this bike on ebay yesterday, listed as a "Rizzato Padova Bicycle," with just this one photo. Curious, I contacted the seller, to see if he could post some more photos. I finally determined that it appears to be a 1973 Atala Record. Purchased it for $175 + shipping. It's rough, but I should be able to bring it back to life.



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Wonderful find!

Thanks for sharing.

Have not before seen this finish.

wrt to name -

"Rizzato" is one of a number of names under which Cesare Rizzato products were sold.

Atala is of course by far the most familiar. Some of the others include Lygie, Maino, Radio & Corso.

wrt dating -

Handlebar stem appears to be 3TTT Gran Prix model. This was superseded in 1971 by the Record model. Which would suggest bicycle slightly earlier than '73. It is of course possible manufacturer was using up old stock or the stem was changed by the dealer for one of a differing extension...

In any event, hub axle locknuts will provide a specific year if hubs original to cycle.

Shall look forward to additional imagery.

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Since it's a Rizzato product, you can determine the year directly from the open format serial number, which is typically on the upper seat tube. That eliminates misleading date codes due to replacement components, old stock, etc.
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Since it's a Rizzato product, you can determine the year directly from the open format serial number, which is typically on the upper seat tube.
This one, that I was stupid enough to sell years ago, is a 1971 vintage...
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Since it's a Rizzato product, you can determine the year directly from the open format serial number, which is typically on the upper seat tube. That eliminates misleading date codes due to replacement components, old stock, etc.
I just took delivery of the bike today. So if this is true, the serial number on this one - 68A1 - would make this a 1968? What does the "A1" signify? First one made in '68? Hahaha, if only...

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Here is a tiny 1973 I built up for my wife, with some slight deviation from stock. Note the use of a collar for the seat binder. Odd, for 1973. Maybe because of the size.


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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
I just took delivery of the bike today. So if this is true, the serial number on this one - 68A1 - would make this a 1968? What does the "A1" signify? First one made in '68? Hahaha, if only...

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I strongly suspect there are a few more numbers hidden under the Rizzato sticker. Some members have suggested that the "A" signifies "Atala" but we have seen other alpha characters, suggesting that it is further chronological stratification, possibly a month or fortnight indicator. Either way, it would appear that your frame was manufactured in very early 1968.
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Originally Posted by wawine View Post
Here is a tiny 1973 I built up for my wife, with some slight deviation from stock. Note the use of a collar for the seat binder. Odd, for 1973. Maybe because of the size.
Agreed, a conventional seat lug with integral cinch ears would place the cable stop too low to provide sufficient cable pull to fully activate the center pull Universal 61 brake. Of course, the other option would have been to specify the side-pull Universal 68.

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Brings back memories of John D'Angelo's bicycle shop in Erie for the 3-4 years it survived (Presque Isle Cycles, believe?). Atala and Fuji were his main brands, the Atala's did OK, but were completely steamrollered by the Fuji's. Would love to find one to restore some day. What was really nice about the Itala's was that their $100.00 bikes (Grand Prix?) actually looked close to the high end bikes to the untrained eye. The extra bling on the head tube lugs didn't hurt sales at all.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I strongly suspect there are a few more numbers hidden under the Rizzato sticker. Some members have suggested that the "A" signifies "Atala" but we have seen other alpha characters, suggesting that it is further chronological stratification, possibly a month or fortnight indicator. Either way, it would appear that your frame was manufactured in very early 1968.
That's what I was thinking. In fact, if you look closely at the photo with the SN, you can see what appears to be the very edge of another number under the sticker. I'm not going to compromise the sticker to find out, though. Knowing that it's 1968 is good enough for me.
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So that you can try and determine more numerals or letters under that Italian Mfg decal, try placing a thin piece of paper over the decal and carefully doing a pencil rubbing over the location of the possible stampings. No guarantees, and use care when rubbing on the paper son as not to damage the decal. I have seen that particular decal available on-line, when I picked up some similar to it, in a later version. (Should you damage it and need a replacement.)

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