Italian job.

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I got this custom made frame some time ago. I was about to build nice modern road bike.

But...

After investigation with help from other bike forum and some people in Italy I find out that this frame was built by frame master Mario Peloso from Alessandria in Italy. Frame was made sometime in 1960s (maybe early 70's but more likely 60's). I got in contact with former worker of Mario Peloso but I couldnt find out the name of first owner (Mario stamped initials of customer on each build frame - F I on this frame - like "Fredericco Italiano").

Anyway - custom made italian frame... I just couldnt waste it with modern parts. It needs proper campagnolo equipment.

So I started to collect parts. (f... expensive). Still dont have bottom bracket (italian thread) so it will be one modern part to be replaced later on when I find proper stuff.

Frame was not painted - looked like never painted at all. no signs of paint, no signs of sandblasting etc. would be great to find out a real story of this frame...

So here I am. maybe you will like it.

On the picture first attempt with modern wheels but that wasnt it...
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In that last photo that wheel set looks more like 27" , more period correct.
This will be an interesting project. Campy stuff, in great condition like you have so far, sometimes is hard to find and when you do...
CHA - CHING!!

RaT-ta oN-a ~!
 
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Last set of wheels is campagnolo record hubs with Nisi rims. pure italian job.
and it is 28" (700)
At the moment tubular tires are glued in and pumped.

Waiting for set of Peloso stickers to come from Italy.

I have waterslide paper to print campagnolo stickers.
 
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Last set of wheels is campagnolo record hubs with Nisi rims. pure italian job.
and it is 28" (700)
At the moment tubular tires are glued in and pumped.

Waiting for set of Peloso stickers to come from Italy.

I have waterslide paper to print campagnolo stickers.
I think you just re-named your bike build....
"The Italian Job".
 
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Big step forward.
Yesterday I started leather handlebar wrap.
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Cut two leather straps, add some color
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and stitch... and stitch...
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more stitch. cut my thumb, stitch, cut another finger...
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6 hours later steering mounted. bike nearly finished.
Some decals on frame already some more need to be printed. still need head badge to make. but first ride done.
50 years old bike runs as smooth as newborn...
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Tomorrow I'm going to meet other classic road bike owners.
 

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That wooden fence would make a nice backdrop for your photos, with out the bush there.
The bike is absolutely stunning! Your bar wrap idea fits the vintage build perfectly. :41: