Model: Roma Olimpiade Campagnolo
Serial No: EO1935
Frame Size: 58cm ctc
Frame Only Weight: 3.02kg | 6.67lbs. (no headset or bb)
Crankset: Campagnolo Record Strada 151mm b.c. (47/57)
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Gran Sport 1046
Pedals: Campagnolo Gran Sport with short thread 1037
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Gran Sport 1005/2
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Gran Sport 1012/1
Shifters: Campagnolo Gran Sport Bar End 1012/3
Freewheel: Regina Extra 14-17-20-23-26T
Chain: Regina Extra
Hubs: Campagnolo Record HF for Legnano 1035
Rims: Fiamme green label tubular type 36 hole
Handlebars: Ambrosio ‘Champion’ for Legnano 38cm ctc
Stem: Ambrosio ‘Champion’ for Legnano 90mm
Headset: Campagnolo Gran Sport 1039
Brakeset: Universal Extra Mod.51 Brev. 453949
Seat: Brooks B17 ‘Campagnolo Model’ (stamped Dec 1958)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Record 1045 Narrow Rail 27mm OD
And here is a photo of the bike restored, or should I say cleaned up, sorted and ready for the open road.
After stripping the bike and giving the frame a thorough cleaning, I also did a bit of careful handwork with a mild polishing compound to brighten the paintwork a little. As I have noted before, the thin lacquer paint that Legnano used was not the most durable and the water slide decals are also fragile. As with one or two of the other bikes in the collection, I decided to preserve the ‘status quo’ so to speak and Noah Rosen at Velocolour applied a light, clear coat to the frame to slow any further loss to the decals and paint finish. It is worth noting that the modern polyurethane clear finishes to not react with the older lacquer paints as they are not solvent based. Having said that, it is always good to fully check the finish compounds if you are doing this sort of thing.
With the frame clear coated and all the components thoroughly cleaned and lubricated, I began to put 1959 Roma back together. As mentioned on the front page posts, when the bike came to me from Eric Hoyer in California the tubular wheels had been replaced at some point in favour of clincher rims. Thanks to an earlier purchase from Bikeville, the parts room had a correct set of wheels with the Legnano branded HF Campagnolo Record hubs and Fiamme green label rims. The Campagnolo hubs were 1960 production, a year later than this Roma’s production date however close enough ‘for us girls’ as the expression goes.
Since I like to ride the bikes in the Legnano Collection, I wouldn’t get too far at my age with the 47/57t front chainrings that came on the bike when it arrived. Also, the early front derailleurs of this era where not reliable on jumps of more than 4-5 teeth between the two front chainrings. The parts bin and a bit of online searching helped me out with a nice set of period correct 46/49 Campagnolo chainrings (151 bc) that deliver the classic ‘half step’ gearing that was popular at the time. The original 47/57T chainrings have been cleaned up, tagged and will remain with the bike.
There is a post and tribute on the front page to Tony Colgrave who did a spectacular bit of work in replacing the leather top on the Brooks B17 Campagnolo saddle, as the original was virtually torn in half and beyond repair. Thanks again Tony.
I also decided to replace the Campagnolo bar end shifters, never a favourite of mine, with a pair of period correct Campagnolo (open C) downtube shifters. The bar end shifters will join the 47/57T chainrings and be kept with the bike for posterity. The bike was also fitted with fresh set of Vittoria Competition tubular tires, new bar tape, new brake and shifter cables and a set of replacement hoods for the Universal brake levers that according to the Italian supplier have been produced using the original moulds. With the project finished I managed to get a few miles in before winter arrived and I look forward to many more days on this classic Legnano champion when spring comes around.