[CR]Re: 1949 Ciclo Piave

Example: Component Manufacturers:Campagnolo
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 00:51:50 -0400
From: "Kurt Sperry" <kurtsperry@netscape.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Re: 1949 Ciclo Piave


Fair enough I guess. The bike is beautiful and , as I said, interesting as well. Some of the parts are obviously unoriginal and/or period-incorrect. The repaint by the original shop is a wonderful fact about this bike. I am puzzled why this fact along with almost any other specific to the bike at hand wouldn't merit inclusion in the very long description. It's instructive that your brief post told far more about the actual bike than the auction description. It wasn't my intent to disparage the auction or the bike, just to note the exceedingly odd "description". A re-reading of my post below leaves me only wishing I'd changed "And why does the seller not want you to know?" with the less loaded, "Why not tell us?"

Now I see how these things start.

Regards, Kurt Sperry in, Bellingham WA

Kurt wrote:
> Interesting bike, although obviously non-original. Does that "description" take
> the cake for the longest that virtually doesn't say a single word about the
> actual item up for bid? What are the components? Who did the repaint? The
> rechroming? And why does the seller not want you to know?
> http://tinyurl.com/l5z6

You are completely out of place to disparage the auction. As the former owner, I can guarantee the originality of the bike. It has been repainted quite some time ago. It was repainted by Ciclo Piave themselves, who originally built the bike. The chrome, if not original (which as hard as it may be for you to believe, may actually be original!), was redone by them. It has absolutely great head lugs and fork crown with the long spearpoints. The present owner/seller is a list member.

It has Ciclo Piave labelled Magistroni cranks with the very hard to find alloy Magistroni chainring, Ciclo Piave labelled Magistroni headset, Sheffield Sprint alloy pedals, Campagnolo 3-piece hubs, Magistroni BB. All of these components could not have been made later than the 50's. All of these components are in extremely clean shape and make this bike an unusual and special find. It does not have the correct handlebars and stem or seatpost. The brakes are Universal mod. 51. The saddle is a Contour Superleggera from the late 70's.

If you look at the recent auctions for Cambio Corsa bikes, you will see that none had components remotely as 'clean' as this bike.

Steven Maasland