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.
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 <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] Eugene sloans book / Olmo / Mystery
>Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 17:06:09 -0500
>if i recall, it was an atala 101.
>On Wed, 29 Nov 2000 20:19:40 "brian blum" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.