1958 Roma Olimpiade

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This very early Roma Olimpiade was purchased in October 2013 from Richard Golden of Petaluma, California. Richard acquired the bike from Scott Davis of Minnesota (sdbicyclegarage.com ) who bought it from a collector in Milan, Italy about 10-12 years prior. From there the trail ‘goes cold’ as they say. Although the paintwork on this Legnano has seen much better days, it is more than 55 years old and the unique yellow-green lacquer that defined the Legnano brand was not the most durable.

Speaking of age,  I have dated this Roma to 1958 based on the serial number, the ’57 date stampings on the lock nuts of the Campagnolo Record hubs, the Mod.51 Universal brakeset and the Campagnolo Record pedals that first appeared in 1958. From my experience it is not unusual for the date on the lock nuts of Campagnolo hubs to predate the actual date of the bike’s production by a year and in fact it is often the case.

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Beyond the vintage of this Roma what is most important is that it is completely original with the exception of the headset, and finding an original Legnano is getting harder and harder to find as each year passes.

Here is a blueprint of the bike as it was received:

Model:   Roma Olimpiade
Year:   1958
Serial No:  EB1056
Frame Size:  56cm ctc
Frame Only Weight:  2.792 kg or 6.16 lbs  (no headset or bb)
Crankset:  Magistroni w Simplex spiders & aluminum chainrings (45/52)
Bottom Bracket:  Magistroni
Pedals:  Campagnolo Gran Sport 1037 (short thread for steel arms)
Toe Clips:  Christophe Special
Front Derailleur:  Campagnolo Gran Sport 1005/2
Rear Derailleur:  Campagnolo Gran Sport 1012
Shifters:  Campagnolo Record 1014
Freewheel:  Reginal Extra (14/23)
Hubs: Campagnolo Record HF for Legnano 1035 (locknuts stamped ’57)
Rims:  Nisi 36h
Handlebars and Stem:  Ambrosio Champion for Legnano
Headset:  Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brakeset:  Universal Extra Mod.51 Brev. 453949
Seat:  Aquila
Seatpost:  26,4mm chromed steel pin and clamp

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Campagnolo ‘branded’ their Record hub sets for Legnano, Frejus, Atala, Umberto Dei, Bianchi and several other top Italian brands through the 50’s and early 60’s. However, the practice seems to have disappeared in the late 60’s about the same time that Campagnolo began putting pressure on their sponsored riders to use only Campagnolo components.

 

Here is a blueprint of the bike as it was received:

Model:   Roma Olimpiade
Year:   1958
Serial No:  EB1056
Frame Size:  56cm ctc
Frame Only Weight:  2.792 kg or 6.16 lbs  (no headset or bb)
Crankset:  Magistroni w Simplex spiders & aluminum chainrings (45/52)
Bottom Bracket:  Magistroni
Pedals:  Campagnolo Gran Sport 1037 (short thread for steel arms)
Toe Clips:  Christophe Special
Front Derailleur:  Campagnolo Gran Sport 1005/2
Rear Derailleur:  Campagnolo Gran Sport 1012
Shifters:  Campagnolo Record 1014
Freewheel:  Reginal Extra (14/23)
Hubs: Campagnolo Record HF for Legnano 1035 (locknuts stamped ’57)
Rims:  Nisi 36h
Handlebars and Stem:  Ambrosio for Legnano
Headset:  Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brakeset:  Universal Extra Mod.51 Brev. 453949
Seat:  Aquila
Seatpost:  26,4mm chromed steel pin and standard clamp

 

There is as separate page for the restoration of the 1958 Roma here .

 

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