“Sono Bugiarda” – Google translate says: “I am a liar” – memory says: “I am a believer” – life is so complicated in Italian.
I used to think I could never die happy until I owned a light-weight Italian road bike. From today, I don’t have to worry about this anymore:
The ebay seller clearly knew his mark and in order for me to give him the $50 and grab the bike I had to walk past a carefully arranged array of 4 other complete 1980s bikes (Malvern Star, Richardo, Apollo and something else). “Lets say $120 for all five.”
And yet I didn’t bite, and he was astounded. But none of the other bikes were Italian and they looked bloated beside the svelte lines of the Viner. And they all had claw rear derailleurs – I long ago decided that life is too short to bother with bikes with claw derailleurs. So I walked away. With my new Italian friend.
Of course one always dreams of finding something with all Campagnola bits, but after getting acquainted, it’s actually more of an international effort.
Japan: Tange headset, Shimano derailleurs
I’d never seen these before, and it took me a while to find out that these are called the “Golden Arrow” model, made between 1983-’86. Rare? – probably. Any good? – not really. It’s the 1st generation of 105, a step down from Shimano 600 of the same era.
France: Rear Brakes: CLB; Handlebars: St Entienne ; Rear Hub: Pelissier.
The rim is only 15mm wide – barely enough for the valve hole. The hub is quality maybe I should do a bespoke respoke. The cluster is 13-15-17-19-21-24 (reasonable compared to the ridiculous 13-14-15-16-19-21 originally on Miranda’s Viner).
Italy: Cranks: 52/42 Ofmega; Bottom Bracket (Oh no!) Italian thread!
That threaded hole is ~1 mm larger diameter than 99.99% of the world’s bikes. Also both sides are right handed threads (one side tends to unscrew)…. Life’s complicated? No, it’s Italian!
OK, it’s not the top of the line “seamless Columbus SL” tubing that is on top Viner models of the day that have the characteristic “stars” or “crosses” for cutouts. Advice from the forums: “If the seat tube is 27.2mm internal diameter. you may have something really special; if it’s 26.2 mm, it’s still a nice bike.” It’s 26.2 mm.