Hi all, does anyone know why this decal would be on my Italian built Atala frame? As far as I can tell (based on my internet searches), is that it should only appear on Bianchis - which mine is obviously not...
Why so? Any manufacturer that produces a bike used to win a world championship can legitimately use the World Champion stripes. Urs Freuler won a number of world titles on the track for Atala between 1982 and 1987:http://www.velo-club.net/article.php?sid=22092http://www.siteducyclisme.net/coureurfi ... eurid=5354
Also, decals like these are incredibly hard to find as "replacement items" so is there any way to remove these off of the bike in one peice prior to a restoration job?
No, they're as thin as a layer of varnish, and impossible to remove in one piece. You could take detailed photographs and have reproductions made if it's important to you.
It strikes me though that this is a decent, modest little bike in what looks like reasonable condition and original paint - perhaps a better candidate for an everyday retro rider than a full-bling C-Record restoration. Your call, of course.
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