I have attempted to get good photos of this bike many many times using different cameras, but the colour scheme just doesn't want to replicated. The frame was built in 1965 (as indicated by the marking on the steer tube of the fork). It has what I feel to be the most elegant chainset ever, the Magistroni Super Zenith. If you look carefully, you will note that the crank arms are self-extracting with an allen key. It would appear that when Shimano came out with "their" one key release, it was little more than a re-release of this already existing idea whose patent had just expired... Cinelli stem with Masi stem badge. Universal Mod. 61 brakes, Brooks saddle still with the old skirt markings in the oval. Campagnolo Record derailleurs, large flange hubs, saddlepin.
Hi John, thank you for the compliments. As far as I am aware, the frame is from 89 and you can see from the BB n the little stud below the top tube. It's really a beautiful frame. Can't wait to get it out in the sun again for a ride! =)
Two very, very different but equally pleasing builds. Love the diversity the site brings.
@dancingjack, great pics, extra point for the retrobike sticker too Is the frame really '89? Looks like it could be 10 years newer, all credit to Merlin!