Re: [CR] Regina on Portland CL

(Example: Framebuilders:Chris Pauley)

Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010 12:37:13 +0000 (UTC)
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Subject: Re: [CR] Regina on Portland CL

Hi Don, all. The bike is undoubtedly Italian. Back in the late '60s, early '70s there must have been dozens of such brands. Mostly gas pipe models w/ cottered steel cranks [and the Italians sure made some clunky ones; i'm not talking about Magistronis here]. Universal or Balilla centerpulls, Simplex or Campy Valentino gears. Low end leather or plastic saddles. Gnutti 3 piece hubs were common but occasionally you'd see Normandys or their Italian clones or even Campy Tipos. Steel rims or Fiamme yellow label clinchers or even tubulars. A lot of them had chromed stays and forks, even fork crowns and head lugs. Some were a bit nicer. But they were all a bit exotic seeming, named after obscure Italian racers w/ interesting graphics and decals. And the chrome! To the eager young eye they seemed more akin to Paramounts and Internationals than to the ubiquitous Varsitys and Continentals. In general they were similar to the low end of marques like Atala or Bottechia. Sportif, here in Chicago, seemed to carry a fair number. Perhaps the frames were generic, built by one of the big names [the way Giant and Panasonic built for so many of the Japanese marques and Schwinn] and then equipped and decalled locally. Someone on the list must know. Personally i think they're way cool. There weren't as many of these and most of them were probably trashed by teenage boys, so a fairly pristine one or even one w/ a fair amount of patina has some cachet - you're not too likely to see it's twin. Billy Ketchum; Chicago, IL; USA. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Don Wilson" <> To: Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:34:28 AM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central Subject: [CR] Regina on Portland CL Searched archives and got deluged with Regina freewheel references, but found nothing about Regina brand bikes. Can anyone comment on a Regina bicycle? Country of origin? One on CL has interesting lugs. Don Wilson Bandon, OR/Los Olivos, CA USA D.C. Wilson