[CR]Real Masi's vs American Forgeries


Example: Framebuilders:Chris Pauley

Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 10:21:52 +1000
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: Geoff Duke <G.Duke@civag.unimelb.edu.au>
Subject: [CR]Real Masi's vs American Forgeries

I note that this debate has died down a bit lately and it had just about run its course but surely the basic arguments have merit in other circumstances.I have a Bertoni frame.After enquiring on this list I have discovered that Bertoni frames were designed by Univega and built in the Reparto Corse factory by Bianchi.While the frame may carry the name Bertoni on the down tube,it could,depending on what argument you might support be either a Univega or a Bianchi.It seems to me that many people should give up any idea about owning an Italian masterpiece and concentrate on comparatively unknown frames built by one man shops run by frame building craftsmen.Success can be measured in many different ways and if we take the worlds measure then we should not be disappointed to find that the name on the frame may not bear any relation to the hands that built it.That is my
two cents worth
Geoff.