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Any idea about what this is? A. Camera - Verona

Old 07-18-19, 03:39 PM
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Any idea about what this is? A. Camera - Verona

I ran across this bike today, and it sorta intrigued me. Looks to be from the 1970s, but the components are a real mish-mash. Decals and head badge say A. Camera - Verona, and there are some Campy parts, Superbe parts, Phil Woods hubs - lots of variety. Front dropouts are unmarked, and there is no indication of tube type. Anybody ever heard of this brand?

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The only place I ever saw these new and for sale was The Blue Wheel, a bike shop in Charlottesville, Virginia. The ones I remember had Gnutti high-flange hubs with Q/R, Campagnolo Velox derailleur ensemble, alloy bars and stem, Ballila centerpulls. I think the saddles were some sort of Unica Nitor knock-off, but we're talking about memories c.1974-76. In hindsight, I suspect they're of better than average quality, just for having the forged ends. Maybe Falck tubing or something similar? What's the seatpost diameter?

The Blue Wheel still exists, but I don't know if they can tell you anything about them. There are threads here and in the appraisal forum about Ghisallo bikes, which are very similar, perhaps even by the same builder. I strongly suspect they only came into the country during the great Bike Boom, when distributors scoured the European countryside looking for any kind of 10-speed to sell in the U.S.
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