A little tease and update. This project is going strong - in fact it has pre-occupied me over all things cycling for over a year now. The bike is due to be completed by June 24 so in the home straight at last. The frame has been completely restored from bare metal by Star Enamellers - rechromed, painted and decalled and is about to be shipped to Fyxo Hub and Shifter bikes in Melbourne for the final build(!!!!!!!!!!)
Over time the project has morphed into a passion to build a period correct bike to 'as-new' condition - ie exactly as it would have rolled out of the Milano workshop in 1972. This has meant building the bike up with Campy Nouvo Record gruppo instead of the originally planned Super Record (which wasn't available until 1973)
I have been able to source almost every component in new condition - in most cases still in the original box and packaging.
Campy Patent 72 NR Rear Mech
Needless to say - many hours searching EBay and following up leads were involved.
For those who have done this I provide a couple of sneak images of some more hard-to-get items:
Cinelli Model 64 Giro D'Italia bars with early three clamping bands in rare 42cm width
Campagnolo 41T chainring with early <c> stamping
I have taken onboard the earlier suggestions and sourced Binda toe straps with early version metal rollers - still in the paper bag - which were indeed quintessentially Italian accesories for racing bikes of the early 70's. I had to draw the line at Simplex shifters though - this is an all-Italian build!
Last week I managed to score a real unexpected bonus - early 70's version Clement silk tubulars - these will be going on a set of racing tubular wheels being built by Dan at Shifter bikes for display only - Record hubs, Stella spokes and Martano rims.