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Old 03-12-12, 01:57 PM
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Show us your... Basso!

Thought one of the lesser-known Italian marques could use some exposure. Here's my beauty, a 1986 Gap, outfitted with Shimano 600.





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Good idea!

My 84, Shimano 600 group, Campy rims, Gippieme hubs -



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My daughter's Basso

I found this 1986 Basso Gap at Goodwill last summer. I paid $15 for it. It didn't fit me so my daughter got it.

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Old 03-12-12, 05:45 PM
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I picked her up yesterday!
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Bought this Basso Gap, along with two other very nice old road bicycles. Rode the Basso for less than ten minutes and decided I did not like the bicycle. Why didn't I like a Basso? Because it had sew-up tires and I did not want to be bothered with the hassle. How little I knew at the time...


The Basso was sold a few days later to a fellow in California, but I do wish that I had given it a better chance. I think I missed an opportunity there.

Anyway, the OP's Basso is a treat to the eye. Nice bicycle and enjoy.
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Mine with Super Record:


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Another Basso-in-the-garden, recent steel, a 1997 Viper.

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Old 03-13-12, 03:17 PM
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Great Basso's guys!

Alittle tid-bit - I read that Bob Rolle (Bobke) used to ride a well used, beat-up, but well maintained Basso Gap in his early racing years.
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Old 03-13-12, 06:09 PM
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Another Basso-in-the-garden, recent steel, a 1997 Viper.

Gorgeous! I wondered how mine would look with Ergos and a white saddle. Now I have an idea.
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Love Basso! I had 3 and miss all of them!
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CMAW, is that a number hanger I see on the top tube?
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CMAW, is that a number hanger I see on the top tube?
Yes, the small Belgian CEDICO/VILLE DE CHARLEROI pro team had Vipers in 1997. I bought my frame from the uncle of one of the riders. The decal scheme also differs slightly from the other Vipers.
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Now that is pretty!

Great color combination. You wouldn't think it would work, but somehow it look's really good together. I feel the same way about my 80's paint scheme, like what were they thinking? But it seems to work. Oh, and the photography isn't bad either!

One thing these Basso's have in common is that there all in pristine condition.
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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
Now that is pretty!

Great color combination. .......
Thanks! I really enjoy everything about this bike. The ride, the fit, the shifting... it's all a pleasure to use. So glad I bought it. I don't think I'll ever get rid of it.
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Just saw this thread about Basso's. Here is mine, a 1987 Basso Gap, Shimano Ultegra 600 groupset with Mavic Open Pro rims. Went with Cinelli XA and Cinelli 64-40 but couldn't find an "aero" seatpost so I settled for a Nitto pearl. The frame was repainted and new decals were applied by Franklin Frame in OH.

If anyone ever needs to get a frame repainted and bits rechromed I highly recommend Franklin Frame, John does an amazing job.
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Ok, I guess I can share mine again too



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Basso Ti (by Litespeed I think)
Suntour GPX, Mavic hubs
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My Basso gap. Brought passion back to me a few years back. Loved building it up a bit more updated than the original! Rides like butter. Not perfect and pristine, but neither am I.

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Heres my BASSO Gap with Shimano Dura Ace 9 speed.



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@Manny66 Did you get this as a frameset from Vic in La Mirada?
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Yes I did. I was bidding on a super clean BASSO on Ebay and lost. After losing out on 3 Basso's I knew Victor had one so I picked it up.

Great score and Vic has soon good stuff. I had previously wanted to buy it but it was slightly too bigg for me. Im glad ypu got it and it looks fantastic.
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Thanks I really like that bike.
You should come riding with us .
Very nice. It looks new. Was it repainted by chance?
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Originally Posted by spacelahana View Post
Just saw this thread about Basso's. Here is mine, a 1987 Basso Gap, Shimano Ultegra 600 groupset with Mavic Open Pro rims. Went with Cinelli XA and Cinelli 64-40 but couldn't find an "aero" seatpost so I settled for a Nitto pearl. The frame was repainted and new decals were applied by Franklin Frame in OH.

If anyone ever needs to get a frame repainted and bits rechromed I highly recommend Franklin Frame, John does an amazing job.
Very nice repaint indeed. Can you share what the repaint cost you at Franklin? I am thinking about a repaint as well ? Thanks
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Very nice repaint indeed. Can you share what the repaint cost you at Franklin? I am thinking about a repaint as well ? Thanks
His website has pricing info but it was something like $250 for a single color repaint, +$75 for candy or metallic, $70 for clear coats.

Keep in mind that generally he has a lot of bikes waiting to be repaired/built/repainted so it might take about 2-3 months.
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