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Oh heck why not me too - show us your Bottecchia

Old 06-03-23, 01:04 PM
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Here's my bike. Does any one know which year it might be from?
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Old 09-05-23, 09:01 PM
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For this '91 SL, I added a new Cinelli stem/bars, Athena/Chorus brakeset, white pedal straps, and Fizik tape.



My biggest decision was white or black bar tape. (First world problems...)



Looove the ride. So smooth. Braking is now excellent. Pretty close for this build being complete.
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Old 10-13-23, 03:09 PM
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Since the early to mid 80ies I have longed for a certain Bottecchia. At that time here in Stockholm, Sweden, there was an Estonian guy who had a small "hole in the wall" bikeshop and he imported Bottecchias. His reputation spanned from being a total con man to being super nice. To me he was super nice. For those of you who are familiar with the lyrics of Sixto Rodriguez song "Cause" you will get the picture...

Already then I was into vintage bikes and he was sharing knowledge, anecdotes and sold me (cheap) the parts that I needed. I have heard of others who paid dearly for crap and felt cheated. Who knows what caused this discrepancy.

The first time I saw a "Team Malvor" colour scheme Bottecchia in his shop I was stunned. Stunned. At that time I was into less is more and this was sort of highly forbidden porn... "I should not like this... but oh... does it feel good..."

Since then I have collected vintage bikes for 40 years and as you might notice I have now changed my header from "39 years and 39 bikes" to 40 years and 40 bikes.

I put this frame to 1984 or early 1985. I base this on:
1. The paint and decals. After careful scrutiny of paint and decals they are without a doubt original. The decals that are boasting world championships end at 1966 and the decals commemorating Italian championships end at 1967. I e - not the later decals - starting with the 1985 worlds and continuing further years.
2. Columbus decal type (pre 1984 - but they probably had some older decals for a while). This means SL - or more likely, considering the frame size - SP.
3. Under the BB cables (catalouges and "Team Malvor" team cards show a transition period 1983 to 1985)
4. No portacataena rear drop out (being phased out 83-84).
5 (weak point but anyway) Only one bottle cage holder.
6. Braze on front derailleur (post 1982-83).
7.The head tube badge is a decal. During this time the team named frames seem to have decals. Before and after there seem to be badges - no firm evidence here...)

I have written it here over and over again - Sweden is not the place for high end vintage bikes. For reasons told before. But when found they are cheap. This was cheaper than most. Complete bike with a hodge podge mix of good condition 80ies Chorus and 8V 90ies Veloce. Sold at auction for the equivilant of 200 USD...








A quest has come to an end. A time to celebrate and at the same time a bit of grail emptiness. I do have some other hobbies and within another hobby I wrote this some years ago:

"Do not surrender to - what I have named - "grail emptiness". The feeling of meaninglessness and anxiety that can hit you when you have reached one of your goals. The emptiness and sometimes disorientation has its explanation.

Take comfort in the knowledge that collecting is not solely about the possession of things. It is as much, or more and for some, maybe to the full extent - about the quest. The research, the hunt, the journey, meetings, contacts - and the dreaming.

You are not alone in your grail emptiness. I would say we all suffer from it in different ways and forms. I tackle it by finding a new grail to covet and long for. Sometimes I alternate between hobbies to find new inspiration.

I found this some time ago and I think it is well put:
“The main thing is that I discovered that half the fun of owning a watch is, like the fulfillment of all desires, about the pursuit –shopping around is fun and ownership is the beginning of something, but also the end.” Jack Forster, Contributor, Forbes Magazine"

End of (self quote).

I have gathered a set of a very early C-Record (1984 crank arms, etc) for a 1984-5 De Rosa frame that I have. BUT it might going in the direction of this frame instead.

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Old 10-13-23, 03:24 PM
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Congrats on the bike! I have an '83 in the black and white livery. Love the bike!
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Old 10-18-23, 08:07 PM
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For my '91, I returned to the Campy/Sun wheelset, added some Campy pedals (from one of you fine folks ), and this one is done!



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Old 10-19-23, 07:34 AM
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Since the last post, 55, I have replaced the decals. The DT and ST decals were missing and the previous post shows what it looked like when purchased and cleaned up.
I am not happy with the placement of the DT decal. I think it is too low. I looked at a ton of pics and found that they are never in the same place! I guess I can place it at my discretion. I may leave enough room to mount a cage below it.
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I lust after the 80s SLX with white and red panels. They sure are in demand if the prices is an indicator. The SLX De Rosa and Montello were half or less $s
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Old 10-19-23, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by styggno1
Since the early to mid 80ies I have longed for a certain Bottecchia.
The first time I saw a "Team Malvor" colour scheme Bottecchia in his shop I was stunned. Stunned. At that time I was into less is more and this was sort of highly forbidden porn... "I should not like this... but oh... does it feel good..."
I think the late-1980s Equipe in red and white, with all that chrome, including lugs, is the nicest looking frameset I have ever seen. Full stop.
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Old 10-19-23, 08:09 AM
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Got it for free. Cleaned it up (tires,cables,tape,saddle) and it's awesome.
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Old 10-19-23, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by smd4
I think the late-1980s Equipe in red and white, with all that chrome, including lugs, is the nicest looking frameset I have ever seen. Full stop.
It is not uncommon, though not seen often, that the head lugs are chrome but to have the entire seat cluster chromed is a plus! Looks much more balanced.
Chroming the stays all the way, including the seat cluster balances with full chrome on the fork and head lugs. Love it.

Asking for the BB shell to be chrome is maybe OTT!

Early in my education of appreciation for quality bikes, I thought only the best had cast DO and chrome head lugs like the Colnago Superissimo in the stable. Chrome head lugs being one of the drivers for buying the Bott above. Thought it would be much lighter but that was part of the education too. I believe I paid too much for it then but now not so much.

Note the difference in the bend profile of the fork from the 70's to the 80's.
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Old 10-21-23, 06:49 PM
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After a post about chrome lugs is kind of where I belong


But loathe internal cable routing to my core, as much as turkey levers in the community

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Old 10-22-23, 03:02 AM
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Stripped the frame mentioned in post #128.

This is going to clean up well. Some paint infill to do though - especially at the lower headlug.

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