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Old 07-29-20, 07:47 PM
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Italvega Nuovo Record

mech986 wanted some pictures and details [in another thread], and I had never taken any, so this is my excuse to finally take & post a couple.
AFAIK, I'm the third owner. The second owner sold me the frame with a mismatched 49/93 crankset, the headset and the bars/stem. The rest of the build was from the parts bin, less the brakeset from Italy via ebay, so little can be made of actual manufacture date by using component era or date codes. The seller did send along the original receipt; I'll try to locate and photo it, too. But I do recall it was delivered in July 1974 by Freewheeling Bicycles in Austin, TX.

So, even though the components aren't all original, I did try to mimic some of the OE spec. Even thought the model was "Nuovo Record", not all the bits were NR from the factory. From what I've been able to glean from limited web info on this model, the OE component specs were:
Shifty Bits: shifters, front and rear derailleurs: Campy NR; on mine (check that box)
Crank: Stronglight 49D (52/42?), check
Seatpost: Campy Record 27.0, check (EDIT: based on comment below, this may actually be an upgrade from OE spec)
Bars, Stem: 3TTT Record, check
Headset: this one came with the frame, possibly an Ofmega Delux?; assume check

and here's where mine doesn't match:
Brakes/Levers: Universal 61 center-pulls; I went "up" one Italvega Model (Super Record), and used Universal 68 side-pulls
Hubs/Rims: Gnutti large flange with Fiamme Red rims; I couldn't locate any Gnutti, and figured Campagnolo Tipos were better anyway, but small flange - but with straight skewers. I had some gold Ambrosio rims, decided to use them since they matched the decals, and that influenced my choice of cable housing.
Freewheel: not sure, probably Regina in the neighborhood of 13-26 (5/6? not sure). Mine is a Suntour U6 13-26.
Saddle: probably a Unicanitor, I went Brooks Pro.
Pedals: Ofmega, looks like OE is Sheffield

Some of the paint and most of the decals were missing, and new decals would have looked odd over bare paint areas, so I rattle-canned the frame in a color quite close to the original. I also ground down the BB shell seam while I was at it. The headbadge needed filling in, too.

Interesting serial number - the 5 is slightly separated from the 894. Does it mean anything? Is this a '74, or a little older? The 3D headbadge, according to info, says it's no earlier than '73.

I really like the way this bike rides. It's been on centuries, as well as the shorter spins,

OK, on to some pics:
















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Old 07-30-20, 07:27 AM
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Nice ItalVega, yes , they ride wonderfully. Whether resurrected from the depths of rust or nice and shiny like yours , they are fine riding bikes
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Nice ItalVega, yes , they ride wonderfully. Whether resurrected from the depths of rust or nice and shiny like yours , they are fine riding bikes
Nice looker, as well.
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Hey Ex Pres, thanks for posting this. The 5894 serial number would suggest a 1971-73 production date as that conforms with the 4 digit serial numbers of that time. The separation of the leading 5 just reinforced that at that time these framesí serial numbers were hand stamped. I know some 1970 models had no frame number, maybe not required till soon after by US regulations to aid in licensing and finding in event of theft.

The 3D headbadge was available in 1972 models, I have one on my Super Speciale purchased in 1972.

Very nice job with the resto-mod, especially the paint.

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as recalled, the pillar for the NR at this time was plain steel. owned one or two and worked on one or two others so have a spot o' hands on with them.

if cycle a 1972 or earlier the 49D chainset is slightly late. 1973 was the transition year for the 49D when it went from hex head chainwheel bolts to allen.

original pedal would have been a model of Sheffield IIRC.

replacing the Gnutti hubs with NT is a very positive step. Gnutti's of the 1950's and 1960's were quite nice, reportedly produced by FB. those of the 1970's not so much.

one transfer you may wish to consider adding at some point is the "Designed by Torresini" one for the chainstay

beautiful job with bike, most handsome.

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Love how these Italvegas always present so nicely. Simple, elegant, and never a cut corner on the framesets themselves (like folded-over stay caps) as one might expect of a frame built under contract.

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