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11-10-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 980
Posted By unworthy1

a "French Letter"...ancient slang term,...

a "French Letter"...ancient slang term, especially when kept in a wallet. So no surprise it's in a Motobecane's bars. ;)
11-02-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 775
Posted By unworthy1

+3 for Motobecane (it's those headlugs!) and...

+3 for Motobecane (it's those headlugs!) and nearly certain to be metric DB tubing (531 most likely but COULD be Vitus or Columbus) so re-measure the seatpost. Almost certain to take a 26.4 or 26.6
10-31-19, 10:37 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,636
Posted By unworthy1

I don't THINK so: the chainring that's marked...

I don't THINK so: the chainring that's marked "made in USA" certainly but never heard of Mavic setting up shop in USA to make those cranks (or anything else in alloy)
10-27-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 287
Posted By unworthy1

It's labeled "Krapf" but this is definitely the...

It's labeled "Krapf" but this is definitely the work of Giovanni Losa (Milano region) who did contract-building for MANY big brand-names. Even the drop-out have "LOSA" stamped on them. "Vani" Losa...
10-27-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,202
Posted By unworthy1

Had to google this/him due to the unfamiliar name...

Had to google this/him due to the unfamiliar name and place (Faenza, turns out to be right in the Emilia-Romagna, close to Ravenna and Bologna) and Vito Ortelli, racer who rode in same era (and...
10-23-19, 10:44 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,146
Posted By unworthy1

the seat lug and BB shell have those 3 angled...

the seat lug and BB shell have those 3 angled lines (milled slots) that was a hallmark of Silva but never seen this seatlug but have seen this version of BB shell before yet never registered it as...
10-11-19, 06:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 448
Posted By unworthy1

POSSibly a Puch (Bergmeister) or something else...

POSSibly a Puch (Bergmeister) or something else Austrian? I think maybe a step UP from Bergmeister if it is a Puch/Steyr/A-D product due to chrome and a nicer fork bend...but has some distinctly...
10-02-19, 11:03 PM
Replies: 1,791
Views: 153,623
Posted By unworthy1

Yeah, except: he wants one for a Gitane...

Yeah, except: he wants one for a Gitane so...METRIC. I had just the bit stashed away and every so often I bump into it but no telling how long before I can actually find that again! If somebody else...
09-26-19, 03:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 172
Posted By unworthy1

I wonder if this could be "Celo Europa" slightly...

I wonder if this could be "Celo Europa" slightly scrambled?
09-21-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By unworthy1

actually the "portacatena holes" in the DO are...

actually the "portacatena holes" in the DO are better clues, cause I think that (vintage) Columbus decal is a red herring. The Portacatena was first announced in (around) '78 and didn't last much...
09-14-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 612
Posted By unworthy1

for some reason (I have a theory) there's nearly...

for some reason (I have a theory) there's nearly always some "rust bloom" that grows underneath the clear. Often it's the infamous "spiderweb" variety but upshot is if you live in any climate other...
09-10-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 923
Posted By unworthy1

this is a weak clue, but the fact is has a Hatta...

this is a weak clue, but the fact is has a Hatta Swan headset almost always has pointed to a Benelux product (if it's OEM), though the HS may just have been replaced in a Benelux country! Much...
09-07-19, 10:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 420
Posted By unworthy1

It's something of a "time capsule" with many OEM...

It's something of a "time capsule" with many OEM components even if some are now rotting. This is a three-main-tubes frame but rather than the Columbus SL we think of as "tre-tubi" this is main tubes...
09-02-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 817
Posted By unworthy1

Thanks for tracking down the original brand(s)...

Thanks for tracking down the original brand(s) JaccoW and to Cudak888, Bianchigirll and all of you for your help! I am going to order a set of "penta" keys from China (before the next tariffs take...
08-31-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 817
Posted By unworthy1

What the....? This ain't "normal".

I was making a few last touches to a Univega Via Montegna from the '90s for a co-worker to commute on.
Nice bike for this use (I'm impressed with it), but in this Urban Jungle I said: "Let's ditch...
08-28-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,094
Posted By unworthy1

a totally worthwhile project and I am subscribing...

a totally worthwhile project and I am subscribing for the updates...BTW did you confirm if there actually WAS any crack-damage to the BB shell where suspected?
08-25-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 932
Posted By unworthy1

I can tell you the maker of these rims is located...

I can tell you the maker of these rims is located North of Milan, West of Monza...they seem to be a little-known brand but came on generally higher-than-mid-quality bikes, but not on very many! If...
08-19-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,094
Posted By unworthy1

I agree with this approach, and if you document...

I agree with this approach, and if you document the testing (phone videos) and you got positive results (of course) you might dispel the fears/doubts of SOME future buyer who doesn't appreciate...
08-17-19, 10:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 858
Posted By unworthy1

It's getting INteresting! That's proabably...

It's getting INteresting! That's proabably Columbus rifling which does not by itself indicate SLX (or later TSX) but could be SL/SP or later,,,and with Campy dropouts and the Columbus-branded...
08-17-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 858
Posted By unworthy1

I'm voting for a 'home-built' or student project...

I'm voting for a 'home-built' or student project since it's a mix of what appear to be Italian-sourced bits (the brake-bridge, BB shell, spool-shaped chainstay bridge, etc.) but with the...
08-10-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 469
Posted By unworthy1

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/550x412/65f46279_4d29_47d9_b125_992276f26b57_b8b712da65612229daf759101e10e42037841649.jpeg
The "C" on the red cap nut on rear axle is not for...
08-05-19, 10:51 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 7,083
Posted By unworthy1

Wow, it has been re-born! I'll tell my friend...

Wow, it has been re-born! I'll tell my friend (his name is Michael) that his old daily driver beater has gotten a new lease on life and is being ridden...he'll be chuffed and stoked.
08-03-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,059
Posted By unworthy1

No, the combo of all Nervex Pro lugset with Huret...

No, the combo of all Nervex Pro lugset with Huret forged dropouts points very much to France but not to any Motobecane I'm aware of. I agree the fork is a replacement (Campy fork ends with Huret DOs)...
07-25-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,033
Posted By unworthy1

Nope I was just thinking these 2 must have been...

Nope I was just thinking these 2 must have been the same model (maybe the ONLY model) and built right around the same time to have all these details in common. I wonder who was the contractor who...
07-24-19, 07:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,033
Posted By unworthy1

Fascinating that yours has the same pearl white...

Fascinating that yours has the same pearl white paint and pantographed chainrings and seatpost as the OP's "Atala" re-brand, same blue-in-painted lug and BB shell piercings, plus it even has the...
07-03-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,352
Posted By unworthy1

I for one am always amazed and honored when...

I for one am always amazed and honored when people who are stars in this industry contact us who are mere hobbyists (I'm talking about myself, here). So I'm very grateful that e-RITCHIE replied to...
06-30-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 31,977
Posted By unworthy1

Chicago Al: I'm glad we finally 'closed the...

Chicago Al: I'm glad we finally 'closed the loop'! :rolleyes:
Enjoy the ride and glad you kept your GR...I just fitted a new-to-this-bike set of wheels (with Pelissier sealed-bearing hubs) and those...
06-29-19, 09:23 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,425
Posted By unworthy1

Yes! I think this is closer than ever to the...

Yes! I think this is closer than ever to the solution, thanks to PROFESSOR Moss, again! If somebody can confirm that Mercian used EDA BB shells I'd say Moss has nailed it...bravo!
06-29-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 846
Posted By unworthy1

I always assumed the "bird" to be an attempt to...

I always assumed the "bird" to be an attempt to depict the Columbus "Dove" (if that's not what Columbo calls their mark, that's how it's known) with the somewhat crude tool of a pantograph engraver....
06-27-19, 10:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,352
Posted By unworthy1

Careful, There ARE some similarities BUT the...

Careful, There ARE some similarities BUT the Roberts fork is only similar to that from Richard Sachs, and the tangs with "suits of cards" is something Sachs resurrected because it was so iconic yet...
06-27-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,425
Posted By unworthy1

The cable-guide braze-ons on down tube were...

The cable-guide braze-ons on down tube were fairly commonplace for any bike intended to use bar-end controls (barcons) so nothing that unusual on a frame with long DOs and cable clips, etc. Does sort...
06-26-19, 06:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,352
Posted By unworthy1

without a doubt that's no Richard Sachs (unless...

without a doubt that's no Richard Sachs (unless he was deliberately trying to evade detection or be "weird"). Definitely Simplex DOs (as you said) and I think BCM headlugs...my guess it French or...
06-26-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,425
Posted By unworthy1

OK, based on this I'm solidly guessing "British"...

OK, based on this I'm solidly guessing "British" but could hedge just a little for "Dutch" only since I'm not 100% solid... and not sure who or if the RAM initials mean builder or owner (as you...
06-26-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,425
Posted By unworthy1

Very interesting and well worth the $20 spent,...

Very interesting and well worth the $20 spent, especially if you like a "project"! I' would have been guessing "British" based on the wrap-over stays and might have thought a Haden or Davis...
06-25-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,352
Posted By unworthy1

Odd that a fork with Campy ends would mate with a...

Odd that a fork with Campy ends would mate with a frame that has Simplex DOs plus the other details with assorted guides but clamp-on TT clips makes me think it's a Richard Sachs fork planted on some...
06-22-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 493
Posted By unworthy1

So what was "Columbus 510" tubing? Never heard of...

So what was "Columbus 510" tubing? Never heard of that but the Pro used a (remind me if this is correct) a 27.2 seatpost? Definitely did NOT have the sleeve added to seat tube as a true Cinelli with...
06-22-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 821
Posted By unworthy1

I'm not an expert on the graphics either but it's...

I'm not an expert on the graphics either but it's pretty clear there's a couple generalities: the script graphics were used on early frames and phased out by the "sixties", but the Block capital...
06-20-19, 10:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 821
Posted By unworthy1

well, Holdsworthy was rather "conservative" about...

well, Holdsworthy was rather "conservative" about adopting all the trendy trends of the times, so although this one seems to be dead-center in the 1980 timeline there are SOME concessions to the '80s...
02-16-16, 09:12 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,769
Posted By unworthy1

hate to hear it but SOME times you have to give...

hate to hear it but SOME times you have to give give one up to the Bicycle Gremlins...the next battle will go your way.
Thanks to metacortex for the easyout suggestion, I would not have thought of...
11-01-13, 09:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,033
Posted By unworthy1

Some more interesting details are the fact that...

Some more interesting details are the fact that it has over-BB-cable routing for the RD yet a FD tab and recessed Allen-bolt brakes plus the driveside dropout does not seem to have the portacatena...
10-31-13, 09:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,033
Posted By unworthy1

there was one mention of a Pagnini that was sold...

there was one mention of a Pagnini that was sold to a member of the CR List by another member who lives in (or near) Firenze. The seller didn't know much about the frame but he bought it in Firenze...
10-29-13, 09:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,033
Posted By unworthy1

There's two brands (AFAIK) that are confused: one...

There's two brands (AFAIK) that are confused: one is this Pagnini (Aladino) and judging by the fleur-de-lys it may be from Florence (Firenze) or nearby.
The other is Paganini and this is the brand...
03-02-12, 01:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,578
Posted By unworthy1

I just have to point out the cruel irony that...

I just have to point out the cruel irony that Medici and the LA Sheriff's Dept are on the same team, yet they go and arrest Mike Howard?!?
Where's the team spirit?!?
;)
02-22-09, 12:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,196
Posted By unworthy1

I have a later version which is, but an earlier...

I have a later version which is, but an earlier version that has a rounder non-turbo shape.
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