Tam, I would agree with Jay. I have an original 1972 De Rosa and your frame appears to be identical. When you restore it you will probably want to have the fork crown (re)chromed. Congratulations on such a great find and good luck with the restoration. This is a special frame and it is definitely worth your while to take your time and have someone really competent restore it for you. You may have to be patient and wait awhile as the best painters (several of whom are on CR list) usually have a waiting list but in the long run you are definitely better off going with one of them even if it stretches your budget. The frame is notable enough that it deserves to be restored by someone with the expertise to do a really good job. Regarding suitable components, Campagnolo Nouvo Record is definitely the way to go and if possible the De Rosa pantographed versions although these are hard to come by. You do see some of them from time to time on Ebay but they tend to be expensive. If you go with De Rosa pantographed components you will need to be careful to use versions which are appropriate to this year as there are later versions which were done differently. I would be happy to forward you some images. With luck there may be list members who have some of these components that they would be willing to part with (no pun intended). It's also possible that you could have a competent machinist duplicate them for you. I hope you will post images when you finish the restoration!
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-----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Tam Pham Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 9:34 PM To: email@example.com Subject: [CR]Seeking assistance from the De Rosa collective...
I recently purchased this De Rosa frameset from Belgium and will be doing a full restoration on it. It currently has a really bad coat of paint that's been exposed to sunlight so please excuse the travesty.
The photos can be viewed here:
I need some help trying to narrow down the year it might have been built so that I can equip it with period-correct componentry. Any guidance would be much appreciated.
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