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campagnolo atala.. 60s? help identify w pics please

Old 01-01-11, 09:35 PM
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campagnolo atala.. 60s? help identify w pics please

Hey all,
I just received this bike from a friend who started up a volunteer bike shop, i am excited to fix it up for myself.However, i'm not too knowledgeable about bikes, i was wondering if anyone know a bit about the bike? year? worth (not that ill be selling it)? just curious about it. Sorry the pics aren't the best, and dont worry about the front tire i just popped it off to check it out but its good to go. all the parts seem to be campagnolo, and the frame says Atala made in Italy.


model 61 it reads on the one metal part thats hard to make out. any help would be great! thanks!
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You've come upon a unique find... a top-end step-through frame. The Campy dropouts and components are indicators of a good quality frame... stronger, lighter frame tubing. Very nice find!
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There should be a number on top of the rear derailleur "pat xx", or it may just say "patent" as it looks like a late 60's or early 70's bike. If numbered, that should be within a year or so of the build date. Looks like a very well appointed women's bike. Cool find, worth cleaning up and overhauling.
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Very, very cool.
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Is there a serial number on the frame? I've seen several Atalas (mine included) that have their year of manufacture as the first 2 digits of that number.
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serial number

thanks for all the info so far! i did manage to find a serial number just had to unscrew the cup holder.. its pretty faded but its 700527(7?).. so i guess that would make it from 1970?
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That bike is 1970 if not earlier. The Campy pedals are one of the oldest designs, with the toe-strap guide on the outboard end, and the front derailleur appears to be the pre-CPSC model AND pre-circlip. If I recall, rear derailleurs of that vintage don't have patent years on them, but I'm less certain about that point.

Those are expensive parts.

The crankset should have some code info on the back of each crankarm, like single numbers in a square or diamond. Find anything like that? If you find it someone here can try to find you the interpretation. It should correspond to the actual frame assembly time, for a big company like Atala was (Officina Machina = OFMEGA, I'm pretty sure).

I wouldn't know how broadly that Atala serial number rule applies. But this bike is a rare bird, both for being a high-end step through and simply for being a late '60s/early '70s high end bike that seems to have survived intact. All those Campy parts are rebuildable - which is what I'd do.

Check out the Atala page on www.classicrendezvous.com - there's probably some information there.
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crankarm

on the back of the crank arm it says 170 strada
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If it's 70 or earlier, the crank arms won't have a date code on the back side. Cool bike. First time I've seen those components on a step-thru bike. neat!
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Those were around way back, Atala did that frame design for all the ladies bikes. Now, how did they get thin walled steel to bend in that tight a radius without wrinkles? My guess is that tube is not.
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No date means '68-'72? How about derailleur code or hub lock nut dates?

It was a nice enough frame design that Cino built something similar for his wife:

http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment...0&d=1269810258
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Originally Posted by guernicaa37 View Post
thanks for all the info so far! i did manage to find a serial number just had to unscrew the cup holder.. its pretty faded but its 700527(7?).. so i guess that would make it from 1970?
Yes, 1970. Thankfully, with Atalas, the serial numbers are actually useful to collectors. Here's the serial number on my '58. If you look around, you should be able to find other seemingly original Atalas whose components are consistent with the frame's serial number.

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Originally Posted by bibliobob View Post
No date means '68-'72? How about derailleur code or hub lock nut dates?

It was a nice enough frame design that Cino built something similar for his wife:

http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment...0&d=1269810258
I don't think they used date codes at all prior to 72, on any crank. But I could be wrong.
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Wow, that's really a special bike, great score!
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