Re: [Classicrendezvous] Atala and the maligned Chiordas


From: youngc@netreach.net
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] Atala and the maligned Chiordas
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 20:16:16 +0000

I had a Chiorda in college ca. 1972 that I bought for ~$25 to replace my stolen UO-8. It made the UO-8 seem like a dream bike. I seem to recall that it had a strange splined steel crankset. The bike worked OK around campus but wasn't much fun. Given away to somebody less fortunate than myself when I purchased my Viscount AP in 1976.

Charlie Young, waiting for snow in Honeybrook
> I think top level Atalas and Bottechias were OK bikes but I remember
> swearing over the low line bikes with things like chainlines from hell that
> would throw chains with any possible adjustment. My first impressions of
> lower line Italian bikes came from these and I summarized the attitude as
> "if you can't afford a good bike then go to hell".
>
> The concept from trademark law is tarnishment. Basically they tarnished
> their own brand because of the quality spread across the line of bikes.
>
> Even worse was Chiorda. I have never heard of a Chiorda fan but the top
> bike was all Campy etc.
>
> Joe Bender-Zanoni
>
>
>
> At 10:29 PM 11/29/00, brian blum wrote:
> >That was my next question, why are there no Atala fans? They were quite
> >popular back in the late 60's was the quality not as good as Bianchi? I
> >liked the chrome.
> >
> >
> >----Original Message Follows----
> >From: Richard M Sachs <richardsachs@juno.com>
> >To: brianblum@hotmail.com
> >CC: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
> >Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] Eugene sloans book / Olmo / Mystery
> > Frame?????????????
> >Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 17:06:09 -0500
> >
> >if i recall, it was an atala 101.
> >e-RICHIE
> >
> >On Wed, 29 Nov 2000 20:19:40 "brian blum" <brianblum@hotmail.com> writes:
> > > I picked up an old repainted bike last night. It had a seat cluster
> > > simular
> > > to the bike pictured on the back cover of the original "The Complete
> > > Book of
> > > Bicycling" (it was a blue frame only the rear half shown). The bike
> > > I
> > > obtained has brazed on cable stops so it has no housing on the top
> > > tube. It
> > > also has a double slotted BB shell, Campy Dropouts, Short rake fork
> > > with a
> > > crown profile simular to the Raleigh International with the long
> > > middle
> > > tougue. Very short lugs sockets hybid head lugs a hybrid of Colnago
> > > lugs
> > > with extra details (morphing toward Nervex Pro Lugs). I could not
> > > resist. It
> > > was fitted with non original SR frt and rear derailleurs, record
> > > crank,
> > > brakes and H/S, Simplex retrofriction levers and jap assorted. 70mm
> > > BB
> > > fluted chainstays. What could it be? Owner said some had
> > > speculated Olmo.
> > > And what is the gorgeous Blue bike on The Complete Book of
> > > Bicycling? JPEGS
> > > WILL eventually come.