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MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

BOTTECCHIA PRO - INTRO

FINDING THE PROFESSIONAL

TEST BUILDING THE PRO

BOTTECCHIA FRAME REPAIR

TEST RIDING THE GIRO

RESTORING THE GIRO

 

BICYCLES OF ITALY

 

  

BOTTECCHIA PROFESSIONAL - INTRODUCTION

Bottecchia bicycles were offered in a fairly wide model range.  From the entry level, Model Deluxe, to the top of the line Professional, all were of Italian origin.  The two top dogs, of the Bottecchia stable, included the Professional and the Giro d'Italia models.

For all intents and purposes, the frame sets of the Pro and Giro were identical, and offered in a small variety of flamboyant colors.  Both bikes had the full Columbus Special tubes, coupled with chrome plated Campagnolo drops, front and rear.  Both frames featured chrome plated head tube lugs.  The only true difference between the two top of the liners was the componentry offered.

The Professional came fitted with a full Campagnolo set, including seat post, transmission, high flange hubs, brake levers, callipers, head set, bottom bracket, cranks and, of course, pedals.  The Giro, on the other hand, featured an assorted component group.

Other than that, the bicycles offered at the top of the Bottecchia line were pretty much equal.  The Professional would have cost considerably more, in its day, than would the Giro.  But the Giro, with its gorgeous hexagonal head set, ornate Carnelli steering stem and wonderfully ornate Stronglight 49d crank set, all but demanded to be put back on the road.

Though I presently call the bicycle a Professional, the jury is still out on which way the build will go.  Will I build the bike up in Professional clothing, or go with the touring grouppo, worn by the Giro d'Italia.

First, however, I would have to get the bicycle, or in this case, the frame set.

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