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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 9:20 pm 
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Bought this Olmo track bike off ebay, and I was a bit surprised by the weight - about 2600g, naked frame: no forks, headset or BB.

It looks like quite a nice frame, with some good (if unremarkable) lugwork, and it has a serial number, which argues pretty strongly against it being a nothing frame. And I find it hard to believe anyone would go to the trouble of scraping it up to that extent and adding 'beat-up' decals (the ones on the downtube are pretty much scraped off, tho' enough's still there to make them look genuine). I asked about it on Cyclechat, and people say track bikes do tend to be heavier than road bikes (especially old steel ones), but that if I wanted a knowledgeable response, I should come here - so here I came.

If anyone can shed any light, I'd be very grateful.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 3:01 am 
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Welcome to the forum

that one decal looks legit, I would like to see a few more pics like a overall and maybe the head tube and lugs. I have a 1959 Olmo (thou yours appears newer) so I may be of some help.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 9:13 am 
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Thanks very much for getting back to me. Do these help?

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Does the weight sound right to you?

If any more pics would help, let me know & I'll post 'em up.

Thanks again.


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 2:10 pm 
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A track frame of that size with that hefty rear end would quite possibly be heavier than an equivalent road frame. Add the possibility of it being built with a thicker walled down tube to help reduce twisting forces while sprinting then even more so.


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 2:32 pm 
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Thanks - I live and (sometimes) learn! Very interesting. Does sound increasingly like it is the real McCoy...I'm really looking forward to seeing how it rides.


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 3:15 pm 
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The style of lug work is pretty common for 60s Italian bikes but that is little help in determining if it is an Olmo. My Olmo frame is a little older and the serial number is not under the bottom bracket but behind the seat lug. It is however a similar pattern, 2 letters followed by 3 numbers. I would be inclined to agree with you original assumption, that is is nlikly that someone would fake these graphics as they look to be quite old. But anything is possible.


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 4:54 pm 
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Thanks. Like you say, anything's possible. But it's looking more & more promising.


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