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TOMMASINI PRESTIGE - INTRO

FINDING THE TOMMASINI

BUILDING THE TOMMASINI

RIDING THE TOMMASINI 

 

BICYCLES OF ITALY

 

FINDING THE TOMMASINI PRESTIGE

Many of the bicycles found, come with a pretty interesting "As Found Story", the Tommasini being no exception.  That said, it is most likely that I am the only person, who will find the Tommasini acquisition story, at all interesting, simply because the finding has sentimental value, attached to it.

My son, Joshua, lives in a city some thousand miles away.  He watches my interest, and apparent success, finding and sharing vintage road bicycles.  With that in mind, he decided to get into the hobby/sport, or whatever one wishes to call the pursuit.  He started picking my brain for advice on how to find vintage road bicycles, what to look for, how much to spend and the like.

During one of our telephone conversations, Josh mentioned that a fellow he delivers pizza to (a spare job to help pay the bills), offered him a yellow Turbo saddle, suggesting that the saddle could be passed on to me, to help with my Bicycles for Humanity volunteer work.  Though a road bicycle saddle will be of little use to the people we send bicycles to in Africa, the find did, none the less, spark my interest.

Generally, I have found that bicycles, fitted with Turbo saddles, are pretty decent bikes.  To make a long, and probably boring family, story short, I asked the my son to ask his customer, where the rest of the bicycle was.  I also wanted to know what kind of bike the saddle came off of.  A few days later, I received a mumbled reply that sort of sounded like Tommasini.  At the time of the Tommasini's discovery, Josh was just getting into bike hunting and knew little of what to look for.  With that in mind...

I asked Josh to double check, the information and, sure enough, the bicycle was a Tommasini.  An early eighties Tommasini Prestige, with full Campagnolo Super Record fitted.  Apparently, the bicycle was sitting, mounted in a trainer, doing somewhere between very little and, absolutely, nothing.  With that in mind, I asked my son to find out if the owner would sell the bicycle and for how much.  When the price of $300.00 was mentioned, I asked Josh to snap some pictures, so that I could help him make a decision, to buy or not.  Though of pretty decent quality, the pictures did not tell the complete story, of the Tommasini's condition, but they were more than adequate, to suggest that the asking price was very reasonable.

         

I advised my son to buy the bicycle immediately.  Sadly, he could not, since he did not have the cash to spare at the time.  With that in mind, I offered to buy the bicycle from the boy, suggesting that I would pay double what he had to pay for the bicycle.  Josh agreed and I sent him the cash immediately.  We have been doing each other favours like this since.  And, he usually gets the better deal.  Anyway...

A couple of weeks later, the Tommasini arrived, all boxed up and waiting to be opened.  However, I could not even open the box, let alone remove the contents, at that time.  I had promised to wait, until my son paid my wife and I a visit, a couple of weeks later.  So the Tommasini sat, and waited, in its cardboard box, until both my son and I, could participate in the unveiling.

It was a long couple of weeks, but the wait was worth it.

NEXT - BUILDING THE TOMMASINI PRESTIGE

 

 

 

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