Box lining and decal placement dimensions when refinishing a Legnano Roma Olimpiade

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What else would one want to do on a cold January day in Canada? I often get requests for information on refinishing a Legnano frame, so with one about to go off to Noah Rosen at Velocolour I decided to carefully document the box lining and decal placement dimensions for this 1963 Roma Olimpiade. With a few original 56cm Roma models in the collection, I referenced each dimension across the different frames and surprisingly each was virtually identical and a little surprising given the amount of handwork that went into the original factory finish at the time.

If you are refinishing a smaller or larger sized frame, most of the necessary adjustments should be quite easy to make. If the frame is larger, the dimensions or distances between the start and stop of the box lining will increase slightly and decrease slightly if the frame is a smaller size. Note that the banding layout/dimensions on the seat tube do not change with the frame size. There are a few important notes on the drawing, most importantly to check the dimension of replacement decals as I have found there are good ones and not so good ones out there.

 

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6 thoughts on “Box lining and decal placement dimensions when refinishing a Legnano Roma Olimpiade

  1. Can’t help you out with that one as I have yet to refinish a blue Legnano. Like the ‘lizard yellow’ finish the blue finish was originally a transparent lacquer applied over a silver base coat with much of the same iridescent quality and equally fragile over time.

  2. Hi Mark. I’m trying to find more info about a Legnano frame. Will please send me your email address so I can send some pictures.
    thanks Wayne.

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