Re: [CR]Olympia frame questions

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Subject: Re: [CR]Olympia frame questions
Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2004 21:25:17 +0000

Fred wrote:
> It's an Olympia.
> Italian.
> Campagnolo dropouts. Campy steel crank. Chrome lugs. Rust.
> Here are photos:
> Looks mid to low end, but has forged dropouts. Neat lugs. And cool
> headbadge. Any ideas on this bike?

Olympia is the second oldest continually existing bicycle brand in Italy. Only Bianchi has been around longer. My first high quality bike in the 70's was an Olympia, that I foolishly traded in thinking I was upgrading by buying a Colnago. I tried to get the Olympia back, but the new owner would have nothing to do with reselling me the bike. I have seen some exquisite Olympia bikes from the 40's and 50's but by the late 80's they were almost a spent force. They are however still around and building bikes today. I would guess that your bike is from the early 70's and framewise is probably straightgauge Falck tubing. If it rides anything like my old bike, it is a keeper.

Steven Maasland
Moorestown, NJ