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Old 05-02-11, 04:00 PM
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New bike for the wife-Bottecchia content

I went to pick this up today fully intending it to be a rehab project to sell but one look when the garage door opened and I knew it was coming home for good.

Anyone with any info on the year would be wonderful, I also posted in the value thread just out of curiosity but had no response yet.

I know it's a lower end bike but it'd be nice to know more about it as this is the first Italian bike I've owned.

This is just as found, I didn't even wipe it down.











The worst are on the bike is the seat tube decal and I can certainly live with that.
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Old 05-02-11, 04:08 PM
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man I love that stem
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Old 05-02-11, 04:09 PM
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nice looking bike!! Looks 70's, earlier maybe, to me but I have no additional info to contribute. I am sure we need more pics. :-)
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Old 05-02-11, 05:29 PM
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What is the seatpost diameter? That will likely be the best indication of the quality of the tubing...
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Nice. I had the mixte version, same color and chrome lugs, that I sold to a forum member. Early 70's was the best I could determine. The Italians finished, even their low-end bikes, with flair. Great find.

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Old 05-02-11, 08:21 PM
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It's in beautiful condition. It's a Special Model and best guess would be a 1973 based on the Simplex derailleurs. Earlier model Specials usually had Campagnolo Valentino but there is no way to be 100% sure. There is no significant difference between any of the bike boom years. Prices vary significantly but $150-$200 would be typical on eBay and it could go for more with the right buyer. Frame is hi-tensile steel, nothing special, fairly relaxed geometry. The Simplex derailleurs shift nicely as long as they last. Worst thing on those bikes were the steel rims. Replace those with a nice alloy set from Velo-Orange and you'll have a very sweet riding bike that'll weigh in around 26-lbs.
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Old 05-02-11, 08:32 PM
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Thanks guys, I'll post up more pics once I go through the bike.

It certainly won't take much cleanup it does appear that I got a decent deal on it but I wouldn't have made much reselling it but I just couldn't resist it. Makes me wish it was bigger so I could have kept it for myself and left the wife on her Motobecane.

The other bike in his garage (not for sale) was a gorgeous dark blue Gios Torino with full Dura-ace.

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That is a seriously sweet bike.
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Very nice.
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Congratulations. By the componentry this looks like a Peugeot UO-8, Raleigh Grand Prix or Super Course class of bike, but the overall execution is so much more workmanlike and unique. The chrome head lugs and brazing are gorgeous.
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Old 05-03-11, 09:30 PM
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For the age of the bike the paint and chrome are really good. Cool find! I don't see many yellow Bottecchia either.
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Geez, it's been forever and I never posted the finished pics.

Here it is, the wife has been riding the wheels off it this summer and says she absolutely LOVES her Bottecchia.

BTW-Don't give me any lip about the zip tied bottle cage, I couldn't think of a better way to install it and prevent paint damage.











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Very nice. I love that stem, too.

Old frames like this often have a very nice ride.

Congrats to the Mrs.

And I like the zip tie to save the paint.

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