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 Post subject: What is this frame?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:20 pm 
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Hello...
This is my first post, and I don't know too much about retro road bikes, so go easy, eh?

I walked into a second hand shop yesterday near Bologna, Italy, and this bike caught my eye, as I'm looking for my first new old frame. But I don't know what it is, so any guidance would be appreciated. Something special or Halford's special?

I assume it's Italian, and although it looks like some of the components have been changed, the chainset and rear mech seem original: Campy Nuovo Record.

A few pics --

Whole bike:
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The top of the fork has a "TV" on it:
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The head tube has an "FM" logo:
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The top of the seatstays have "special" on them:
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The only number I found on this frame is a "53" under the bottom bracket.

I haven't bought it, but it's still sitting there priced at 140 Euros. Worth a punt?

Cheers,
Martin


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:48 pm 
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Don't know what it is but drop whatever you are doing and get down there and buy it!! €140 is a good price for an obviously fine quality bike with some nice parts.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:17 pm 
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I'd buy it for that price, it's a bargain!

Oh - and welcome to the forum!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:32 pm 
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Cheers guys. I really would like to find out something about the frame (at least the name!!), but I quite like it either way, so will probably buy it tomorrow.

I guess there have been quite a few small custom builders around Bologna over the years, so if it's by one of them, I'll never find out...


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:04 am 
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This is italian frame builder "Antonio Taverna"




http://www.vetta.it/index1.htm


very very famous in Italy, Taverna makes frames for many shops or Italian brands


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:34 am 
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oooooooooooooooooo... A lead!!!
I'll fire off a mail to Taverna to find out more.

Grazie Nicola!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:30 am 
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this is my track bike made VETTA

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:52 am 
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Nice pictures, I'm convinced. It definitely looks like the work of the same designer.

How does it ride?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:40 am 
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Nice bikes, guys.
Looks like you got a bargain, martin.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:56 am 
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let me say that the top frames are not the best, good frames are ok, but do not enjoy great prestige in Italy.

This is just to clarify and not to create false ilusion


also my track bike while being aesthetically beautiful, well preserved, with excellent components, the chassis is not the best as finishes, I would say a normal frame with top components


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