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Old 04-09-10, 10:38 PM
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1980 Freschi touring bike

A few days ago I asked about the rarity of Freschi bikes. Well, I now own one. It was hard to pass on a quite pretty Zeus (for $50 less than the Freschi) but I couldn't deny the quality and craftsmanship of the Freschi. The original owner bought the frame from a mail-order shop out of California in late 1980. Anyone know who sold these mail-order? He said he paid $395 on close-out for just the frame. He said the paint was awful and had to repaint pretty soon after.

The bike is built up with a mix of parts:

Campy brakes/levers
Campy headset
Campy seatpost
Shimano deore derailleurs
Shimano unmarked triple crank
Phil hubs
Matrix rims
Cinelli stem/bars.

I was going to build it up with modern components but after going on a little 5 mi jaunt, It may just get stripped, painted and re-built as is. Most of my bikes are racers but this is not. Its like riding in the big 400 Lexus rather than a WRX. The seller said the frame is Columbus SL. Ill take his word on it because he knew his stuff about the bike, but will still be happy to see the dove when i pull the fork. It came with an extra set of wheels, Sunrace Gyromaster I believe.

Either way, the paint looks shoddy, not terrible but certainly not as nice as the bike deserves. I pull more interesting bikes out of Fort Collins than I ever did in the Cinci/Louisville area. I wonder why? Here are some pics.

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Old 04-09-10, 11:46 PM
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Man that is sweet, love the cable guides. what a score!
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To verify if it is made with good Columbus tubing, check inside the bottom of the steerer tube (up inside the fork crown) for helical ribs for stiffening. Due to frameset size, yours would probably have SP tubing mixed with SL.
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Congratulations. That looks like a very nice frameset, and a nice mix of components.

+1 on the cable guides.
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Mail order in CA? I know of a shop here in socal that I mention in my other post to yours. The shop in Montrose just outside of LA had them. I rode for the club for a bit. Freschi is hard to come by and not too many shops carry them also, not too many people have even heard of them. I am almost sure most of their racing frames were SL. Most frames were in those days. Not sure about the touring frames. Last time I was there, they had a set of decals in their thousand year show case. That was a good few years ago.

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Wow, that is nice. What are you thinking for paint?
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Thanks y'all. Im either going to powdercoat it or just do a traditional multi step paint. I'm a sucker for old looking colors. By that I mean colors you dont see around a lot today. I was thinking of creme and mint green or possibly dark burgundy and mint. Or powder blue. I have not yet checked to see if it has helical ribs or not.

Im also scouring the web to find examples of what the original decals looked like so I can have some made. Look, by any chance are you close enough to that shop to see if the decals are still in the case?

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Thanks y'all. Im either going to powdercoat it or just do a traditional multi step paint. I'm a sucker for old looking colors. By that I mean colors you dont see around a lot today. I was thinking of creme and mint green or possibly dark burgundy and mint. Or powder blue. I have not yet checked to see if it has helical ribs or not.

Im also scouring the web to find examples of what the original decals looked like so I can have some made. Look, by any chance are you close enough to that shop to see if the decals are still in the case?

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Yeah, my sister lives down the street from them. I will call them right now.
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Just called. They sold the shop ans all of their old stuff. Sorry. Call Cycle arts in San Diego. I know they can repoduce anything. may be they can help.
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Really nice fine. Very rare, rides really nice. I use to have a nearly identical bike - same year, 1980. If yours was originally mailed ordered from So. Cal. it probably came from Bikecology in Santa Monica (on 1515 Wilshure at that time). That's where I got mine. Because, I lived in the area, I was able to pick out the frame I wanted. Mine was all SP tubing to handle touring loads. I had the same issue with the poor paint job. Because of the poor paint, I was able to talk them into reducing the frame price by $100. Freschi had the frames sent to a 3rd party painter and I think it was some kind of rush job where the paint wasn't allowed to cure properly. The frame quality itself is outstanding. I love the fastback seat stays and cable guides. I just sold my bike a couple of months ago but still have several photos of it:

More background on the frame builder and other details at http://www.zaun.com/freschi
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Geez, I am surprised at how little attention this one got. Any updates?
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Hi there, nice bike.
I met Emiliano Freschi in the early '90s. He built for me a quite similar bike

About your questions: in my case he used a mix of SP and SL, so that I can use the bike also on non-asphalt streets, and with luggages. The back fork is reinforced, also in consideration of the measure of the bike (62x62).
I hope you can see a bit the stickers. unfortunately I cannot send you better images, because the bike is in Italy, where I come from and where I go for holidays, while I currently live in Germany. The bike still rides great


I recently bought on ebay this frame made by him, and I am goinf to build my city fixie/singlespeed with it.
http://cgi.ebay.at/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...m=290444928064

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I've been hunting the internet for more information about Freschi bikes and Emiliano's ship ever since I had the unbelievable fortune to snag this Freschi Supreme Super Cromo.

freschi_supreme_.jpg

It is a superb bike and my favorite to ride. i would dearly love to uncover more about it's pedigree. There seems to be one or two blurbs about Emiliano that gets repeated over and over again on the web, but not much else.
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