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Looking for a new Italian style rod brake City bike that I can buy online

Old 04-10-21, 10:38 AM
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Looking for a new Italian style rod brake City bike that I can buy online

An Atala Citta would be nice

just want to buy online with paypal

any ideas where I can get one of these or similar that can be posted to Australia?
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Why???
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Google, Bing or Yahoo for them. Then read their shipping policy and where they ship to. Know what your import laws are since you will be the importer.
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tried that , none of them send to Australia
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Originally Posted by GamblerGORD53
Why???
just trying to make the world more beautiful
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You could try contacting Chris Howard at Cyclo-Retro in Melbourne. If anyone knows he should. Also give a try to eBay.it. Since you are looking for something so extremely old fashioned an old bike might do the trick.

IMO Italian Tipo R rod brakes are the only rod brakes of the past 70 years that will stop a bike. Still not as good or as predictable as newer brakes, not suicidal in traffic.
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Just tried my own suggestion. Ebay.it has lots of rod brake bikes that would be good enough for me, maybe for you too. Search term is ‘bicicletta freni a bacchetta’.
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Originally Posted by 63rickert
Just tried my own suggestion. Ebay.it has lots of rod brake bikes that would be good enough for me, maybe for you too. Search term is ‘bicicletta freni a bacchetta’.
Thanks for you help.

One of my teachers at high school had one of these bikes about 30 years ago and recently when I visited Italy I saw them all over the place and new ones as well

Probably one of the most practical bikes built
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The Pashley Roadster Sovereign has those 28" wheels, upright riding position and full chain case plus gears, real brakes, high quality saddle and a Dynohub. Just sayin'.

Pashley shows two dealers in Australia:

https://www.pashley.co.uk/international-dealers.php

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[QUOTE=tcs;22014619]The Pashley Roadster Sovereign has those 28" wheels, upright riding position and full chain case plus gears, real brakes, high quality saddle and a Dynohub. Just sayin'.

Pashley shows two dealers in Australia:



Thanks,

They make nice bikes , I have seen them up close, but they more in the English / Dutch upright style

I'm a sucker for

1. Single speed and more aggressive frame geometry (for a city bike)
3. Italian aesthetics
4. and yes freni a bacchetta , well not mandatory .......

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the roadster is nice though
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still looking
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What about those Flying Pigeon things out of China? I have no idea if they’re Dutch, Italian, or some other variation on the theme, but they should be more accessible in Australia out of the Asian market, like on AliExpress or Carousell out of Singapore…that is if they are still made or used is acceptable.
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I haven't seen a flying pigeon to gauge the quality of it

I have seen the Indian versions which are very low quality with cranks that are so poorly aligned , that hit the frame

would be interesting to know how many vintage looking new Italian bikes are actually made in the far east
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Originally Posted by Bicilover

would be interesting to know how many vintage looking new Italian bikes are actually made in the far east
From the sounds of it, about the same as anywhere else...none.

Here's an ebike version. Looks interesting.VELORAPIDA YACHT - The vintage electric bicycle with rod brakes - ? 2.582 (including CHARITY GIFT). - Shopping & Charity
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Rod brakes are garbage. Might as well use the Fred Flintsone braking method, instead.

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Rod brakes are garbage. Might as well use the Fred Flintsone braking method, instead.

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[QUOTE=Bicilover;22015636]
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The Pashley Roadster Sovereign has those 28" wheels, upright riding position and full chain case plus gears, real brakes, high quality saddle and a Dynohub. Just sayin'.

Pashley shows two dealers in Australia:



Thanks,

They make nice bikes , I have seen them up close, but they more in the English / Dutch upright style

I'm a sucker for

1. Single speed and more aggressive frame geometry (for a city bike)
3. Italian aesthetics
4. and yes freni a bacchetta , well not mandatory .......
here is an different idea....make your own (of course not sure what you parts availability is

find a bike with an frame geometry you like (most likely it will be drop bar road bike....that is what i would target) added note: extra points for starting with an Italian bike......

Put a new set of handle bars on ( Velo orange postino sound like what you are looking for https://velo-orange.com/collections/...ndlebar-22-2mm )
add brakes to match (I like the tektro city https://velo-orange.com/collections/...-22-2-dia-bars)

you are set to ride now and this is a fun set up in my experience

you can also just you one gearing and see if you really like single speed (note: IMHO there really is not a lot of maintenance difference between a single speed and multiple speed....and you can split the difference by making it a 1x? setup

depending on the bike you could add dual pivots

and then is you are set on single speed you have a log of options, cleanest, but most expensive would be to get a new wheel set with a single speed or flip/flop rear wheel

Good luck (from a guy who grew up watching Skippy the Kangaroo and the Magic Boomerang)
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