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Old 09-09-14, 07:34 PM
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Legnano Roma Olimpiade 1962

I just bought this bike and will be shipped to me next week, so I don't have pictures yet. My question is how to tell if the fork is original to the bike? It is painted the same color as the bike, but looks different than pictures I have seen of this model. Also how do I tell the real color of the bike? Do I flake off some?

Now to figure what to do with it as it has Italian, Japanese and French parts on it! I doubt the stem nor handlebars are original either. All that being said, it is still a 1962 Legnano with it's wonderful cycling history and even still has that odd head badge. I am far from wealthy, so a full blown restoration is not going to happen. No garage queens in my home.


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Old 09-09-14, 11:41 PM
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They are bicycles, made to be ridden regularly. Unless you are a serious collector, as many here are.
That said, I've never bought a bike with a wide mix of components.
Good Luck. Let us know how it turns out.
Legnano made some outstanding frames, so the pedigee potential is there.
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I love Legnano's
They have an iconic green/yellow color but mine is in blue.
Bought as frame and finished with Shimano 105 parts.
To the best of my knowledge its a 1960's Legnano Professional Record Supoercorsa.
Prior to mid 70s the seat post bolt is on the front side of the seat tube.

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Send us a picture of the fork. If a Roma, it will have fork braces at the top and Campy drops at the bottom.

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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
gmauchawar is right about the iconic color.
randyjawa never ceases to amaze me with a pic of nearly every C&V bike ever produced. Bravo. I'm gonna go browse My Ten (Million) Speeds (Steeds).
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
Send us a picture of the fork. If a Roma, it will have fork braces at the top and Campy drops at the bottom.
That's not always the case. My Tipo Roma pista doesn't have Campy dropouts.
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Forks don't have drops.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
Forks don't have drops.
Whatever.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
Send us a picture of the fork. If a Roma, it will have fork braces at the top and Campy drops at the bottom.

Sorry to interrupt the thread, but Randy - is that wheel four cross laced with a high flange hub? I've never managed to do that! How does this affect the ride of the bike? Is it softer?
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'62 Legnano

They are really beautiful bikes. I choose to "Refurbish" mine not restore it. However I still have over $1400.00 in just the frame. $300 just to re-chrome, so it can add up quick. Actually there are 2 iconic colors, the green and the blue.
Here is the thread to mine. http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...after-yet.html

Welcome to the club and keep us (me ) posted. The more pics the better.



Yes I have the head badge.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Whatever.
This site is used as a resource. It seems important to me to try to keep the terminology correct to avoid confusion.
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This site is used as a resource. It seems important to me to try to keep the terminology correct to avoid confusion.
If it is so important for you to have the correct terminology used, you could have actually posted the correct term. and not just posted a snarky response.
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Originally Posted by Oldpeddaller View Post
Sorry to interrupt the thread, but Randy - is that wheel four cross laced with a high flange hub? I've never managed to do that! How does this affect the ride of the bike? Is it softer?
You need at least 36 spokes/wheel to do a 4X. The 4X high-flange combination was very popular in the 1960s (Capo) and 1970s (Nishiki). I have built and ridden lots of 3X and 4X wheels on HF and LF hubs, and I cannot claim to be able to feel any difference.
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I'm sure 4x and 3x ride identically. I build my wheels 4x whenever possible. I just like the way it looks. I even built myself a pair of 4x with small flanges. The spokes are about 306mm long.
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Forks don't have drops.
Did not know that. What does everyone else call the things that I call drops on the forks?
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Randy, according to Wikipedia, they are referred to as fork ends.

Fork end - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Yeah. Dropouts in the rear. Fork ends in the front. But I don't see why one can't call them all dropouts. It gets the point across very succinctly. Even if it is incorrect. Lots of people use slightly wrong terminology. Like "forks". I am for accuracy in using the English language but there are much worse infractions, IMO.
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
You need at least 36 spokes/wheel to do a 4X. The 4X high-flange combination was very popular in the 1960s (Capo) and 1970s (Nishiki). I have built and ridden lots of 3X and 4X wheels on HF and LF hubs, and I cannot claim to be able to feel any difference.
Quote Noglider - I'm sure 4x and 3x ride identically. I build my wheels 4x whenever possible. I just like the way it looks. I even built myself a pair of 4x with small flanges. The spokes are about 306mm long.

Thanks John E and Noglider. You've both answered a number of questions relevant to me . I now understand why I couldn't get 4X to work with 32 holes. I'm planning to build a number of 36H wheels as soon as I collect a bulk order of spokes, maybe tomorrow. I now also have an idea of what the 144 pack of 306mm spokes that were in a job lot I previously bought could be used for! (I used half of them lacing a pair of wheels "Snowflake pattern" and thought that was the only application. I now have a Cyclo spoke threading machine, so can cut spokes and roll new threads to utilise overlength ones). C&V is a fantastic source of knowledge and support.
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