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Old 03-10-22, 12:53 AM
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My Allegro Restoration and Seeking Additional Information

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This bike came to me as a donation and I poured a lot of time and energy into restoring it to its original configuration. From looking online and searching the forum, I came to the conclusion that it is an Allegro Schweitzermeister model 76 from around 1974. From what I have learned from looking at the few catalogs that I could find, this particular bike was built up in the “B” configuration with mostly Campagnolo Nuovo Record parts, but a Weinmann brake system, Stronglight 93 crankset and Stronglight headset. A number of the Campy components had 1973 stamps but the serial number (244893) and paint suggest it may have actually been built around 1974.

The bike hung unused for about 30 years in a workshop and suffered significant damage and discoloration to the paint. Some of the original parts had been swapped. The Original tubular rims had extensive cracks around the spokes so I had the hubs relaced to clincher rims. I did have it repainted in its original Swiss coffee color and I repainted the red lug lines myself using an oil based paint pen. Replacement decals by Cyclomondo.

I recognized it was a lovely bike which is what lead me to put so much into returning it to its original glory. I would love any additional information beyond what has been shared in the existing Allegro threads. Would love to add my bike to the Allegro database, too. I am posting a few pictures below and here is a link to a Google album with my documentation of the journey from before to after. https://photos.app.goo.gl/b3TyLvpvFWceYR9g6

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Great restoration. 👍
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BEAUTIFUL BIKE! I have added it to this particular Allegro database, and hopefully there are others in Europe who will do the same.

You have identified it pretty well, it seems to me. I personally kinda LIKE the B configuration, as I prefer Stronglight cranks and headsets to Campagnolo. The Weinmann Vainqueur centerpull is an amazing brake still found cheaply, as the somewhat more adjustable and customizable MAFAC gets all the retro glory - for the moment. At one point last years I had FOUR different bikes in my workshop set up with them and was consistently pleased with how well they work.

Your bike is after the switch from Bocama Model 14 type II lugs to the standard Bocama Professional, which occurred sometime between no. 241247 (mine, the one that started me down this rabbit hole) and no. 244808. Mine was also identified as being a 1974 frame but had a Campagnolo NR rear derailleur dated '73. The geometry appears to have stayed the same, at least initially. Mine is a 60 cm to top with a 59 cm top tube and 72x72 angles with a 42-in/106.6 cm wheelbase with 54 mm of trail. When I look at it, the design likes like Allegro racing bike from the late 30s. Mine has a wonderful gliding quality that I adore.

You have done a wonderful thing with this bike, and I hope you greatly enjoy it!
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Beautiful bike! Great job.
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Beautiful bike - very nice work!

I always like to see the 'before' shots, too. That's progress!

Congratulations.
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Yay! I love it too! +1...(I have number 249871, bought as a frameset)
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Originally Posted by Fredo76 View Post
Beautiful bike - very nice work!

I always like to see the 'before' shots, too. That's progress!

Congratulations.
I thought the "before" shots were on top and the "after" shots were at the bottom. That is indeed a fabulous restoration of a worthy machine.
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Thank you for your kind comments and for adding me to the database. I noticed in your restoration that your bike was missing it’s head badge. I removed my bike’s badge for the repaint, but I lost confidence that I would be able to properly reconnect the head badge and I ordered an adhesive backed version from a company that does nice reproductions.

I added a pop rivet gun to my tool arsenal and was able to cleanly reattach the original so the reproduction is sitting unused in my parts bin. The reproduction is actually metal, not a decal. I have no need for it and you are welcome to it. Below is a picture.
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Originally Posted by rustystrings61 View Post
BEAUTIFUL BIKE! I have added it to this particular Allegro database, and hopefully there are others in Europe who will do the same.

You have identified it pretty well, it seems to me. I personally kinda LIKE the B configuration, as I prefer Stronglight cranks and headsets to Campagnolo. The Weinmann Vainqueur centerpull is an amazing brake still found cheaply, as the somewhat more adjustable and customizable MAFAC gets all the retro glory - for the moment. At one point last years I had FOUR different bikes in my workshop set up with them and was consistently pleased with how well they work.

Your bike is after the switch from Bocama Model 14 type II lugs to the standard Bocama Professional, which occurred sometime between no. 241247 (mine, the one that started me down this rabbit hole) and no. 244808. Mine was also identified as being a 1974 frame but had a Campagnolo NR rear derailleur dated '73. The geometry appears to have stayed the same, at least initially. Mine is a 60 cm to top with a 59 cm top tube and 72x72 angles with a 42-in/106.6 cm wheelbase with 54 mm of trail. When I look at it, the design likes like Allegro racing bike from the late 30s. Mine has a wonderful gliding quality that I adore.

You have done a wonderful thing with this bike, and I hope you greatly enjoy it!
posted a note below about a head badge for you. Message me directly if you are interested.
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Amazing restoration! Beautiful.

That is the coolest serial number location/piece I have ever seen. Didn't know they were there on Allegros.
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If that restro headbadge goes un-claimed, I will put in my dibs. Mine is pretty tatty and this one looks pristine.

Maybe I can add some pix of my own frame with homebrew paint and decals I had made from my own supplied artwork (from Velocals).
This may take a while to dig up from the deep storage vault...

EDIT, so found a few pix, this frame was originally more orange than the current paint, but I was trying for "burnt orange" and would up with something more "warm brown". I was not happy with the quality of the ones Greg Softley sold, so made my own vector files based on what remnants remained on the frame, then got Velocals to print thin vinyl stickers. Since JR had some technical issues he gave me extras of some of the smaller "Swiss cross" seat tube decals plus the ones he thought were "seconds", so I still have a few of those I'd mail to any Allegro owner that wants one (assuming I can find them).





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Beautiful bike. Nice job on the restoration. Notwithstanding the seat stay treatment, it has a lot of similarities to my much-loved, well-used, Swiss-made Cilo Pacer (album)
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This is where I got the badge from. Very inexpensive. I was surprised how nice it was when it showed up but I felt it was important to use the original badge so I went with that. https://www.ebay.com/itm/384570550246?var=652620477497
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Really nice job on that! How does it ride?
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Originally Posted by Sactown_Albert View Post
Thank you for your kind comments and for adding me to the database. I noticed in your restoration that your bike was missing it’s head badge. I removed my bike’s badge for the repaint, but I lost confidence that I would be able to properly reconnect the head badge and I ordered an adhesive backed version from a company that does nice reproductions.

I added a pop rivet gun to my tool arsenal and was able to cleanly reattach the original so the reproduction is sitting unused in my parts bin. The reproduction is actually metal, not a decal. I have no need for it and you are welcome to it. Below is a picture.
That would be lovely! Thank you! PM en route ...
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Really nice job on that! How does it ride?
This bike has ruined the enjoyment of my other vintage bikes. The slightly longer wheelbase and rake compared to my PX10 gives it a really stable quality but it doesn’t feel sluggish. It is my best fitting vintage so that is an important leg up on my other bikes. I notice now how much the PX10 is lightning responsive but has to be steered more actively. This bike tracks where you want it to go and stays on line. This is a great all day bike. I would happily ride a century on this bike without feeling like I am giving much up to my more modern bikes. Very, very impressed. I like, but don’t love the Campagnolo shifting. I have the same era (1973) Shimano Dura Ace on my PX10 (yeah, I know, not French.) and it is my favorite shifting system from that era, but the Campy is fine and it oozes quality.

I have it set up with a 52/40 in the front and my largest cog in the back is a 26 so it has ok terrain versatility. I am tempted to get the Nuovo Record long cage retrofit kit that is sold by Soma so I can put a larger range freewheel in the back. This bike is a keeper.
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Originally Posted by Sactown_Albert View Post
This is where I got the badge from. Very inexpensive. I was surprised how nice it was when it showed up but I felt it was important to use the original badge so I went with that. https://www.ebay.com/itm/384570550246?var=652620477497
That's quite cheap! Thanks for the link!
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Colleagues,

This bike came to me as a donation and I poured a lot of time and energy into restoring it to its original configuration. From looking online and searching the forum, I came to the conclusion that it is an Allegro Schweitzermeister model 76 from around 1974. From what I have learned from looking at the few catalogs that I could find, this particular bike was built up in the “B” configuration with mostly Campagnolo Nuovo Record parts, but a Weinmann brake system, Stronglight 93 crankset and Stronglight headset. A number of the Campy components had 1973 stamps but the serial number (244893) and paint suggest it may have actually been built around 1974.

The bike hung unused for about 30 years in a workshop and suffered significant damage and discoloration to the paint. Some of the original parts had been swapped. The Original tubular rims had extensive cracks around the spokes so I had the hubs relaced to clincher rims. I did have it repainted in its original Swiss coffee color and I repainted the red lug lines myself using an oil based paint pen. Replacement decals by Cyclomondo.

I recognized it was a lovely bike which is what lead me to put so much into returning it to its original glory. I would love any additional information beyond what has been shared in the existing Allegro threads. Would love to add my bike to the Allegro database, too. I am posting a few pictures below and here is a link to a Google album with my documentation of the journey from before to after. https://photos.app.goo.gl/b3TyLvpvFWceYR9g6

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I have it set up with a 52/40 in the front and my largest cog in the back is a 26 so it has ok terrain versatility. I am tempted to get the Nuovo Record long cage retrofit kit that is sold by Soma so I can put a larger range freewheel in the back. This bike is a keeper.
it’s my understanding that the long cage retrofit will get you more chain wrap but not change RD max capacity since you aren’t affecting the RD body geometry or top pulley position. The long cage retrofit will allow you to add a triple up front however. Regardless, you should be able to get the Nuovo Record RD to handle a 28t freewheel with some adjustment to position of rear wheel in drops (sometimes requiring removal of adjustment screws to pull wheel further back in the dropouts).
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Great restoration and good to see another Allegro rolling around in the neighborhood! Here's mine up around Folsom...
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Beautiful bike. They ride pretty sweet, I have an original paint model 77 from 1974, unfortunately I don't have any photos handy. Need to fix that.....
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I was just looking at Andy Antipas Urago, and thought I had accidently clicked on the same thread again. They are both very nice.
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Beautiful bike. Nice job on the restoration. Notwithstanding the seat stay treatment, it has a lot of similarities to my much-loved, well-used, Swiss-made Cilo Pacer (album)
I’ve been putting some miles on the Allegro and my thought is that it would make a nice credit card tourer with some gearing changes. Your post is a good inspiration. Did you see the Urago restoration post in similar colors to our bikes? I think the white base color almost begs for a bright color like red, especially because of the red lug piping.
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Originally Posted by JoeBass View Post
Great restoration and good to see another Allegro rolling around in the neighborhood! Here's mine up around Folsom...
Joe,

hope to run into you in the near future. I live in Sacramento and I ride all the time in Folsom. I’m a ride-leader with Cycle Folsom and I post a semi-annual vintage ride. Probably going to do it in late April. Will let you know when it is.
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Update: I once had a pic of the actual sicker/decals I had mentioned in above post, but cannot locate it now. Here's a screengrab of the artwork those "Swiss Cross" triangles were made from, they were an exact match to the one on my frame, but might not be a match to others (from different years) since the "ALLEGRO " font as well as size of the cross itself seems to vary in other examples I have seen.
But as I wrote, assuming I can find one in my cluttered stash, if there's an Allegro owner who needs one for a restoration, LMK and I will mail it, gratis (but it MIGHT be one that JR of Velocals considered to be "seconds" quality)

BTW the placement of these triangles also seem to vary: mine was on the seat tube but many have them on the down tubes near the headliug socket

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