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BOTTECCHIA PRO - INTRO

FINDING THE PROFESSIONAL

TEST BUILDING THE PRO

BOTTECCHIA FRAME REPAIR

TEST RIDING THE GIRO

RESTORING THE GIRO

 

BICYCLES OF ITALY

 

 

  

TEST BUILDING THE BOTTECCHIA PRO

GIRO d'ITALIA

As mentioned, the decision to build up the Bottecchia, as either a Professional or Giro d'Italia, had been made and for, what might be called, silly reasons.  A nice looking head set, had first begun to sway me away, from the top dog build.  And, of course, the introduction of a Stronglight 49d crank set, original issue to the Giro, sealed the deal.  I now owned a Bottecchia Giro d'Italia.

However, when test building the bicycle, I kept thinking top dog.  It is always nice, to know that you own the best offered.  With that in mind, I started down the Campy Nouvo Record highway, but I just couldn't bring myself to change out that lovely old, came with the frame set, headset.

Starting with just a frame and fork set, is not really the best place to begin building a vintage road bicycle.  First of all, the builder must purchase, or acquire, everything, even the smallest nut or bolt needed, to complete the task.  This can be an expensive, and daunting, task for most people.  If you do not have a store of spare parts, you might want to reconsider building from a bare frame.

Starting, with a bare frame set, will offer no clues, as to how the bicycle was used, or more importantly, abused.  Were it not for the presence of the original headset, it would have been impossible to determine if the Bottecchia was released as the Professional or Giro d'Italia model.  Fortunately, for me, the frame set "as found" was fitted a head set commonly fitted to the Giro.  A tiny fact that adds more credibility to the decision to not build the Professional.

So, let's get ready to build.  To do so, first make darn sure the frame set's geometric integrity is not compromised!  Let me repeat that because it is so IMPORTANT!  Make sure the frame and forks are straight and safe to use.  Said one last way - make sure the set is not bent!

The fork set, on my newly chosen Bottecchia Giro d'Italia (I even like the sound of the name), was bent.  This came as no surprise since the fellow I got the frame from warned me of this possibility.

NEXT - REPAIRING THE FRAME & FORK SET

 

 

 

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