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Old 04-20-13, 03:14 PM
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A not so special Special

I've been interested in Picchios for a good long while now, but there seem to be very few available on US eBay and the few that have come up were never exactly what I wanted. This one isn't exactly it either...it's quite plain by Picchio standards, and the color is...well...not what I would chose, but I think the quality still comes through. Obviously the tape has to go and the seat post needs a Brooks ASAP, but I think, all things considered, it's a nice bike some here might appreciate.





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Old 04-20-13, 03:42 PM
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So you did decide to go with the Picchio!

Quite handsome and understated.

The bike looks like it is in fine condition.

Are the mechanicals good? Bearings, brake pads, cables etc ?

Tires ok? How much rubber can fit in the stays?

If so, that will be a fast project for you.

Wouldn't the Picchio look great with a Swift, Team Pro or Swallow!

Maybe honey with matching bar tape.

Nice find Aaron.
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Nice find in an understated way. Not sure what the PO thought with that yellow tape. Get a black brooks on there, white tape and pearly gray cables and you have a beautiful addition to the stable!
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A proper Brooks saddle and bar tape is all it requires to be a very classy mount, Aaron. (That and some gum-colored hoods and cables behind the bar!)
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Very nice looking bike Aaron, not many of the MF brown colourways on cycles, save the 70s Schwinns. That should be really great when you get through, looking forward to seeing more posts and pics.

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Don;t know anything about them, but that one sure looks nice.
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I did grady...turns out seller was local which helped on price. It's a smaller name Italian builder - he had a reputation as being difficult and eccentric, but very much a perfectionist. One person told me that his build quality varied with his opinion of the buyer - he must not have like this one

This will probably get black tape and saddle...tubular wheels and keep the current mish mosh of parts.

Picchio special has one that's exceptional and panto'd.
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I did grady...turns out seller was local which helped on price. It's a smaller name Italian builder - he had a reputation as being difficult and eccentric, but very much a perfectionist. One person told me that his build quality varied with his opinion of the buyer - he must not have like this one

This will probably get black tape and saddle...tubular wheels and keep the current mish mosh of parts.



Picchio special has one that's exceptional and panto'd.
Oh, I don't know.

I think the bicycle has a very nice charm to it.

Definitely will shine right up and they have a good rep for ride characteristics.

Btw Where is Picchio Special nowadays?
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It's definitely going to need a longer stem!

He's around and doing well - still on the CR list. Very good guy.

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I've never had Universal CX levers before - will the standard hoods that fit Campy levers fit these?

Couple more...








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Looks like nice workmanship.
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It's not as ornate as some of his other bikes, but the details are really among the nicest I've seen. I love the brake bridge and fork tangs. I'm very happy to have found one in this condition and I love the headset.

Will a normal dia-compe/NR hood fit the universal cx levers?
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Aaron, I must say that this may easily become one of my favorites on the forum.

What a stable of nice bicycles.
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I can't tell for certain in the photos - is it a metallic copper or brown?
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I'm really bad with color - my wife called it bronze, or bronze brown. The color looks much better in person (less #2 brown); it would have to!

Thanks gomango! I think it looks sharp, but I haven't ridden it yet. I am rather happy with my humble stable.
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Very nice bike. Certainly on my list of very fine, small quantity builders.
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Metallic chocolate.
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Mmmmmmm...... smooth chocolate lugs! Great shape - it's gonna look new when you clean it up! Congratulations!
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Looks pretty special to me! Gorgeous bike!
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I definitely like it, it just lacks some of the touches that others have. Example:

https://classicrendezvous.com/Italy/Picchio/picchio.htm
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I like yours more than the one you linked... Fix the saddle and handlebar tape colors and it will be a stunner.
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Let's here some color suggestions...I like ital's idea, but I'm picturing alternatives. It's radical, but I'm thinking blue-blue.
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Use a little white paint in the lug cut outs and seat stay pantographs and it will look real special!
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Completely agree, but I feel like that would be akin to a repaint.
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Let's here some color suggestions...I like ital's idea, but I'm picturing alternatives. It's radical, but I'm thinking blue-blue.
A nice lighter powder blue would look great, with either tan or white hoods...

That's a great bike that would be the cornerstone of any collection.
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