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Old 05-21-13, 03:28 PM   #1
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Turning vintage 60's Bottecchia Road Bike into townie. Ideas?

I recently bought this late 60's or early 70's Bottecchia Professional road bike, and want to turn it into my nice townie bike. I'm more of a road/mountain guy, so I figured I'd ask for some advice from you experienced utility bike folks.

-Keep it period correct, or at least period correct looking. It's not all original, but it is mostly period correct
-Maintain it's racey handling. It is an SLX frame, and rides beautifully. Very quick handling, and stiff
-Carry packages (I own a vintage/used bike shop, and ship a lot of parts. most days it's 2-7 flat rate envelopes, sometimes a big box or 2
-carry a water bottle (it lacks braze on's of any sort
-NOTHING black. Maintain it's coolness with chrome or alloy
-Be able to ride with long pants and no dorky pant strap!
-Not so expensive of added parts that I wouldn't want to lock it up outside ever


1) Bars: I like the "on the hoods" position, and have bullhorns on my other bike. i want to stick with that bars nearly parallel to the top tube feel, but bring the bars in towards the seat to make a more leisure ride. I still want it to be a fairly aggressive position, so I will be mounting the bars upside down. Here's what I'm looking at so far. I want to run mtb/Canti brake levers and leather grips, so a 22.2 end is necessary. what do you think? Any other bars worth looking at?
-Soma Oxford:
-Velo Orange Porteur:
-Nitto Albatross (maybe too relaxed?)

2) Stem: Since I'll be experimenting/swapping bars likely, a quill stem with a removable faceplate would be great. Problem is everything I know of is either not silver (Salsa), or too modern looking. Any ideas? I REALLY like the old track style stems like these, but not necessary:

3) Rack: This bike doesn't have eyelets or braze's of any sort. What do you think would be good for a front or rear rack/basket? Doesn't have to be huge.

4) water bottle cage: I had thought of mounting a bottle on the rear of the saddle, on the bars, or somehow to the downtube. What do you recommend?

5) Chainguard. I like the idea of leaving this as a standard double, so I would rather not use a bash ring. Open to the idea of a different crank. Frame obviously doesn't have any method of attaching a standard chainguard. Any ideas?

Any advice is MUCH appreciated!

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Old 05-22-13, 11:40 AM   #2
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Now that you have shown off your bike and promoted your business in the process..

You need to get another bike as a townie, that aint It.

so you can add a rear rack .. or just carry a backpack.
put the water bottle and the several heavy duty locks you will need to not have that thing stolen.
in your backpack.

get a 2 wheel cargo trailer tow it behind the bike, to carry stuff in it ,

Or one of the Xtracycle rigs, convert an old MTB, or a CETMA or Harry vs Larry cargo bike..

as is just carry a backpack.
put the water bottle and the several heavy duty locks you will need to not have that thing stolen.
in your backpack.

Get UPS commercial account they will pick up and deliver, cartons..

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