Wow! Now there's a cyclist, in the purest sense. He gave his fiancée a bike for an engagement present. That's about as cool as it gets. (there's no tongue-in-cheek, here. I gave mine an electric train because she always wanted one, but she was a girl in an era when girls got dolls for xmas)
John Dunn in Napa Valley
> Atalas were certainly sold in NYC by the early to mid-60s. As an
> engagement present in 19xx (classified info), I gave my bride a used one I
> bought in Houston from a fellow student from NYC. It had cast lugs, with
> big lugs. The chrome was customary Italian quality....
> It came with nice steel forged cottered cranks, full Columbus tubing, Campy
> HF hubs, etc. Over the years we upgraded it; a very nice ride. Eventully
> I had it rechromed by motorcycle shop that also did a lovely blue candy
> finish. One stay rusted through a few years later -- from the inside. I
> replaced it.
> I certainly saw many more Atalas than Frejus, Legnano, etc. Quality
> generally seemed bit better than Bottechia, but below Cinelli, etc.
> But, the fog of time obscures the rear view...
> harvey sachs
> At 11:43 AM 11/29/2000 -0700, PeterGrenader wrote:
> > I liked the head angle - 75 DEGREES, bay-bay
> >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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > > To: email@example.com
> > > CC: firstname.lastname@example.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" <email@example.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.
> > > >