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Gloria - spotted in Italy

Old 11-22-09, 11:33 PM
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Gloria - spotted in Italy

Heading to Montorio, just outside Verona, I spotted this lovely machine being ridden along the main road. I was so excited that I stopped the car and flagged the rider down. I'm posting it here in case anyone else will be appreciate it.

It has a Gian Robert System FD & RD and shifters (of Padova) and Ofmega crank. My guess is that it was a mid-range model at the time.

The owner bought the bike new in the 1960s and told me it was all original.











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Old 11-22-09, 11:37 PM
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Interesting pants.
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Beautiful - especially the one piece bar, stem, and levers. May not be mint, but it is a nice surviving example.

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Great post. Love the owner's enthusiasm. Nice handlebar setup too. Makes me wish I was over there cycling.
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Interesting pants.
agreed. and what does he need a fanny pack for when he has the huge basket on the end?
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Old 11-23-09, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by 3373jones View Post
agreed. and what does he need a fanny pack for when he has the huge basket on the end?
Cause it looks cool?

I like the bike and the owner seems very flattered by the attention. The headset is very attractive and the lugs look very nice.
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Way after the "best before" date for Gloria...

By teh 60's Gloria was only a shadow of what had made it famous.
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Originally Posted by Citoyen du Monde View Post
Way after the "best before" date for Gloria...

By teh 60's Gloria was only a shadow of what had made it famous.
Very cool. I'd ride that with a lot of pride.

Enjoy your trip!
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I agree with all the positive comments. I think it's great the owner is proud of his ride, which I too find beautiful. Like cuda I was very taken with the one-piece handlebars/stem/brake levers. I've seen the same but French offered on ebay and thought they were cool, too. I don't see anything in the bike or rider to turn my nose up at. A lovely machine and rightly proud owner.
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