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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:16 pm 
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I was missing a very cool Bottecchia I owned a few months ago, so I began chasing a oportunitty to get my hands on another Italian classic road bike. A completely stock Olmo Gentleman in Columbus Zeta tubing suddenly crossed my path, and I now ride this beauty every day in my commute. It is in fantastic shape, even the bartape is original. I think is quite unusual for a bike with 30 + years to have been ridden this little, the previous owner told me it has really low mileage. I confirm, as the chain and components are almost new, the bike was very well kept throughout the years. Only thing I´m planning to change are the pedals (not the original ones), the tyres and the saddle (with a period correct one, probably a Turbo).

The bike is fitted with a 3T cockpit, Weinmann levers and brakes, Ofmega cranckset, Ofmega BB and Ofmega headset, Mavic tubular rims on Ofmega hubs and Campagnolo Gran Sport derraileurs end shifters. Everhing working in perfect conditions. Sorry for the crappy pic, wil upload more photos as soon as possible.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:50 pm 
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Thats a lovely bike, enjoy it.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:40 pm 
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Many thanks for the comment.

Can anyone tell me the precise year of production? I think is between 1980 and 1985, but I am not sure...


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:47 am 
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Is there a date stamp underneath the saddle? That might help date it. Three Olmo catalogue scans here might help; http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/ . Cheers Tref


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:56 pm 
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Blacktopdisciple wrote:
Is there a date stamp underneath the saddle? That might help date it. Three Olmo catalogue scans here might help; http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/ . Cheers Tref

No, there is no date stamp underneath the saddle. Thanks for the link, I´ve checked it but there´s no usefull info about dates. Cheers!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:52 pm 
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Well, fitted 2 Continental Giro tubular tyres, a Selle Italia Turbo, new brake pads and covered the original bartape with another one. I´ve spent a few time polishing minor scratches on the frame but is almos perfect now. I have also replaced the Columbus sticker, the old one was a mess.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:17 pm 
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As for the year I reckon it's 1980 or earlier as my 1982 Olmo competition has under BB cable routing and those Campagnolo levers look 1980 and I have them on my 1980 Eddy Merckx.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:30 pm 
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Many thanks for the tip! Reading the info on the 3 catalogs scans found on http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/ I do believe that the bike is almost for sure pre-1984. It also seems that on certain models the customer could request the cable holders on or under bottom bracket shell. Your Olmo Competition has any info unter the BB? Do you have a topic here on the forum with pictures of your bike?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:20 am 
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Here it is. I managed to get some new Mavic OR 10 wheels as the originals were also damaged, but I haven't got arroungd to cleaning it up as that's something for the colder months.

I'll have a look underneath the thing later today.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:38 am 
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I have contacted Olmo, they replied saying that the bike is almost certainly from 1979 or 1980. Good enough for me. Meanwhile I fitted a pair of SKS mudguards and a Carradice handlebar bag, to make my commuting more confortable in the winter.

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