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Chrome mystery Pista

Old 10-29-13, 02:36 PM
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Chrome mystery Pista

Seller was sure this was English, but threading says Italian . Now if I can figure out who built it I can get a headbadge paint and decals There is an R stamped on both sides of the bb shell on top, no cutout underneath.







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Appears to have been dark maybe transparent red at least on the head tube panel (remnants of the paint remain)
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Old 10-29-13, 04:03 PM
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can you get a non glare photo of the seatstay configuration/caps and the bike as a whole with the wheels in the dropouts? the serial number placement and caps looks like an old Atala that an Ex had. But, it's hard to tell from the glare. Though the red paint at the head tube would nix that if its original.
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Old 10-29-13, 04:25 PM
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Atala is a good possibility, I even have a badge somewhere I can match up! I will post new pictures after re assembly -edit- verified that the Atala badge lines up perfectly with the holes!

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Old 10-29-13, 04:31 PM
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And the winner is ATALA
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/57cm-Chrom...item3a7ef74f21
even the serial number is within a digit or two.
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soon as i saw that seat stay treatment me braine said "atala" but as i scrolled down saw that toytech hath beat me to it. congratulations. owned sixties era all chrome atala road machine which looked much the same.
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I was going to say Lygie. They were built at Atala and had a lot of similar details, and did full chrome versions. I'm not sure I've ever seen a track model?
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Originally Posted by Otis View Post
I was going to say Lygie. They were built at Atala and had a lot of similar details, and did full chrome versions. I'm not sure I've ever seen a track model?
the Lygie marque had two owners prior to its acquisiton by Rizzato (Atala):

https://www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/Lygie.htm
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
the Lygie marque had two owners prior to its acquisiton by Rizzato (Atala):

https://www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/Lygie.htm
Yes, the black frame on that page used to be mine
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Congrats on the Atala frame. I didn't know they came with red head tubes I've only seen ones that are full chrome. They ride beautifully, I'm pretty jealous. Now your gonna build it up with full Campagnolo, right?
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Frejus had a similar seatpost cluster and serial numbers, but i think the chromovelato head tube is the Atala giveaway
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Originally Posted by 7/8timing View Post
Congrats on the Atala frame. I didn't know they came with red head tubes I've only seen ones that are full chrome. They ride beautifully, I'm pretty jealous. Now your gonna build it up with full Campagnolo, right?
I am just short the cranks
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torpado used this seat cluster lug... w/ serial on seat tube at that same place

+ they used chrome a lot underneath the paint. looks exactly like the chrome one of my torpado had.
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record fast ID, what a beauty. Hope you got it for a song. Amazing that you have a spare head badge. Serendipitous!
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Originally Posted by ericbaker View Post
Frejus had a similar seatpost cluster and serial numbers, but i think the chromovelato head tube is the Atala giveaway
I was going to say Frejus, they did the same all chrome and transparent color treatment.
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Originally Posted by Otis View Post
Yes, the black frame on that page used to be mine
i have an interstesting distaff example hanging in the rack. it is columbus and has campag 1010 ends. somewhat rare to find a distaffer contructed with quality materials. looks to be from the late sixites. took it in as a framset with a few bits affixed. has campag hs.
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A little progress



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Nice snag. Enjoy it.
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Looks great! How did the head badge rivets work?
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Looks great! How did the head badge rivets work?
Very well, I spread them with a pick, then used a deep c-clamp with the jaw ground to a rounded profile to flatten them so they would not drag on the steer tube.
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totally want one! looks great
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Very nice!

I imagine this is a pretty rare bird. I didn't even know Atala did track bikes or chrome bikes at all so I never would have guessed it's an Atala. Great work by the BF members here on the quick ID!

Can we see a full-on drive side pic of this beauty?
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