|Catalog shot mine was white|
Model: Giro D'Italia
Found: On CL
Acquired: August 2011
Sold: Frame only November 2011
I have always meant to write about this bike but could never find any pictures of the project. I finally decided to just find some shots on the web and get on with it. Back in 2011 when I was getting deep into vintage steel bicycles and after spending way too much time on bicycle blogs I was convinced I needed to find some cool vintage Italian steel. ( later I was convinced I needed something French and went after the Peugeot Course but that's another story).
|right color wrong number of gears|
Seamless high tensile frame tubing combined with generous use of alloy components, including quick release hubs, center pull brakes (Weinmann), alloy handlebar and stem combine to make this a quality lightweight machine. Equipped with Simplex Prestige wide range derailleur system.
The late great Sheldon Brown had this to say:
Quality generally ranges from reasonable to downright scary. Importantly, these were among the few bikes to enter the U.S. before the early 70's bike boom that were of any quality. look for examples with nice chrome.
As a small word of caution, don't be terribly excited buy seemingly ornate lugs with cut outs on some Atala models. Such frames are very common and not terribly unique or desirable. In Italy, they are everywhere - even on the typical commuter bike.
I was so excited about this bike I even looked at a cool retro wool jersey..
Yeah I was a bit nuts.
I ended up using some of the parts on other projects; TTT stem, the afore mentioned Simplex Prestige drive train group, Sugino crankset and some cool details like 3 chromed top tube cable guides, and an "umbrella" clamp on frame pump stop. They mostly went on the Tiger.
|Simplex Prestige RD|
|Chrome top tube cable guides|
|bliss at 10 speeds|
Postscript: I lied! I did have a single photo squirreled away