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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 8:53 pm 
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Location: Off the trails and pounding the tarmac
My project started with a box fresh NOS Bianchi in original purple paint, with the original Reparto Corse handbook still attached to the frame.

"Made in Italy" from externally lugged Columbus EL-OS Nivacrom tubes. Not entirely sure of the year but limited research would suggest no later than 1995.

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First installation was a Chris King 1" Grip Nut headset. I know it's not Italian but I couldn't help myself, the finish and quality is exceptional.

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I then added down tube cable stops...

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NOS 3TTT stem and 3TTT Gran Prix bars...

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1995 Selcof team seat post

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Polished Ambrosio Zenith Hubs laced to Evolution rims

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Full Campag Veloce group set, white Selle Italia turbomatic, Vittoria rubber and my Italian steed (I'm sure Chris King is an honorary Italian) is ready to go.

Shame it's been raining ever since I finished the build

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 10:08 pm 
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Very nice w00dy. I help you hoping it will stop raining soon. The miles to cover on this gem are something to look forward to 8)


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 10:50 pm 
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That's a seriously nice frame you've got there - worth a fair bit in my opinion. I don't think I've seen many better steel frames than that. Love the colour too. And respect for putting a Chris King headset in, it's perfectly acceptable for the most handsome of Italian bikes !

Let me know if you're selling it, and I'll go rob a bank or something :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 10:11 am 
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Very nice, there's been some great bikes on here recently. Let us know how it rides, but a beautiful looking steed


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 10:56 am 
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Lovely bike, and one of the most evocative names in cycling. 8)


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 7:47 pm 
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Wow! Lovely build. The modern Veloce works well on there and was a good choice imo.

Only criticism is that I can see the brake lever bands, you needed a couple of strips of tape to cover them prior to taping...


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 7:58 pm 
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A keen eye there Tel. To be honest the 3ttt tape has been in the shed so long I would have had got a better result with a string of sausages.

I just wanted to get it done and get out on the road - this Sunday could be the day.

More tape is on order, as is a shorter stem. You know what this hobby of ours is like, never ending - and long may it continue :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 10:53 pm 
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Nice build, the only thing I don't like is the saddle. IMHO it would like better with either a plain black or a plain white saddle, a turbo or flite for instance, but other than that it's a credit to Italy...

The painted rear dropouts! My word!


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 10:53 pm 
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Nice tight clearances too :D


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 12:11 pm 
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Opinions and criticism noted but after 22 sunny miles in the Buckinghamshire countryside this morning you can say what you like...

...I've got a big smile on my slightly sunburnt face :D


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