Well after some nice trouble free mid 90s Bianchi Veloce ownership I have have thrown simplicity away and embarked on a new project having sold the Bianchi.
A bit wiser, just a bit though and having a much better idea of the type of bikes I like (Italian from the 80s & 90s) and I have come up with this via a bit of Ebay poaching. Sorry!
A Daccordi Turbo of an unknown year, so far, anywhere between 87 & 92 is my estimate. The paintwork is quite something and brings back lots of nostalgic memories of the 1980s styles before everything went Pastel in the 90s.
The bike may look a little familiar to some of you as it has been through the threads of this very forum in a different guise http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=159839&highlight=
It is the very same frame with a few tweaks from my seller who bought it from the previous owner via Ebay in early September 2011. Love a bit of detective work!
Now this is maybe where I am bit of a gambler but I haven't actually seen the bike, but that is a lot of the fun for me and at £215 here is what I am told I am getting:
1980's DACCORDI ROAD BIKE
22 1/4" CENTRE TO TOP SEAT TUBE
21 3/4" CENTRE TO CENTRE TOP TUBE
NICKEL PLATED FRAME AND SPRAYED OVER IN TYPICAL 80's COLOURS
COLUMBUS ACCIAIO SPECIALE TUBING - TOP TUBE HAS CRIMPED CLOVERLEAF STYLE TUBING SIMILAR TO COLNAGO
SEAT AND DOWN TUBES ARE OVAL SHAPE
STRAIGHT REYNOLDS 531 FORKS
SHIMANO DEORE HEADSET
U S E SEATPOST
MICHE HUBS WITH CAMPAGNOLO LAMBDA RIMS
CAMPAGNOLO CHORUS DUAL PIVOT BRAKES
CAMPAGNOLO REAR MECH
CAMPAGNOLO RECORD FRONT MECH
SHIMANO 105 AERO BRAKE LEVERS
SHIMANO DOWNTUBE SHIFTERS (included in sale are 7 speed Campagnolo shifters but I haven't been able to get them working properly but all parts are there)
CINELLI 64/42 HANDLEBARS AND CINELLI 110mm REACH STEM
MKS SYLVAN PEDALS WITH NEW TOECLIPS AND STRAPS
So even if it turns out to be a bit of a dud I should recoup my money and have a story to tell....
However I think I am good on this one though as my internet trawls and help from Coggav & the aptly named DaccordiMark have uncovered that this frame is is Nickel plated and either Columbus SL or SLX so she should be pretty light and nimble and under any superficial paintwork damage all will be sound.
I am collecting it tomorrow evening and will grab some better pictures of how she stands and explain my thoughts and plans here for you.
198something Daccordi Turbo - SOLD - 1997 Bianchi Veloce - SOLD - 1988 Peugeot Perthus Pro - SOLD - 1976 Emperor TT - SOLD -
Early 70s Jack Hearne TT - LOVING!
1956 Pat Skeates - Project that will be completed......one day!