I just bought the Casati I have had my eye on. I am so excited about this bike. It is a bit gimmicky, with the cables running through the frame tubes, but it has that great feeling that I associate with Italian bikes. It's bright red. The paint is ok, some little nicks, some fading on the fork. The bar and stem are not correct. The pantagraphed parts are long gone. The brake hoods are wrong. But I don't care. It's fun to have a bit of a project, and the bike is just so cool.
Now the questions arise. I am the third owner, and the guy who sold it to me doesn't know much about its history.
How old is it? The serial number on the BB is 362. The brakes have allen key recessed nuts. It has a clamp-on f. derailleur. The Columbus sticker is pretty chewed up. I am guessing that it meets the pre-1983 criteria, but just barely. It looks very similar to the bike in http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/casati2/2.jpg http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/casati2/3.jpg I am told that the components have been changed a few times, although it is now a mix of NR and SR. Thus I do not want to draw conclusions based on equipment.
What about the rust spots? The chrome on the fork crown is gone in a couple of spots, and flaky in others. I don't see re-chroming as an option.
Also I just found a rust spot on the underside of the top tube.
Help and advice will be greatly appreciated.
Huntington Woods, MI