Cicli – R.Daniele – Ivrea


Late 1950’s or early 60’s?

Note: There are still a couple of pending edits to be made.

Since virtually nothing is known about this marque it gave me the liberty to do whatever I wanted with the build. My goal was to have a functional and versatile rider that could go anywhere but still looked like a classic. Well, this is how it ended up, kind of a mixed bag of components from across 5 decades, but the look is very classic.

For the drive train I found a 1950’s Frejus steel cottered crank-set that fit very nicely on the original Edco BB spindle. That crank had a standard 50.4 BCD bolt pattern which has good parts availability in the market today. For that reason a set of brand new Velo Orange chain-rings bolted right on! This Gran Sport front derailleur model was used over a broad range of years and should be period correct for this bike. A Campy Gran Turismo rear derailleur is from the mid 70’s also has the right look and can handle a huge range of gears, allowing a rear cog of up to 36 teeth! A Regina 14-28 freewheel gave me a final drive of almost 1 to 1!

The wheels were built around a set of 1972 Campagnolo Nuovo Tipo high flange hubs. A nice set of 36 hole Fiamme rims made a solid platform for the Panaracer Pasela 32c tires. The overall result is a reasonably light, durable and versatile set of classic look wheels. This frame had eyelets on the dropouts and there was good clearance in the frame and brakes to add some fenders so I decided to put a set of Honjo’s on. The clearance is on the close side of adequate with an 8mm gap all around. I picked the fenders up a year or so ago without a project bike to put them on at the time. Is that good foresight or just rationalization for an unnecessary purchase?

I did have to hunt a little for some brakes but eventually settled on a set of Universal Model 125 side-pulls. They were manufactured from the late 1970’s on but they are Italian! Earlier brake sets might have been more correct in era, but generally the later brakes had better stopping power. For a bike that is expected to see some real riding that is not a bad thing!

The 3 TTT Bars and stem were parts that I already had on hand. The stem is probably from the mid 70’s along with the 42 cm Superleggero bars. Whenever I find Italian bars wider than 42 cm I usually buy them as they are what I prefer and are often hard to find. A TA Specialties water bottle cage fit nicely on the bars since there no water bottle braze-ons on the frame. The saddle is probably an Ideale Record 80, but Ideale made many saddles with subtle differences over the years. This one would most likely be a 1970’s model. MKS pedals are are current but look correct on this bike.

The components:

  • Frejus 50.4 BCD steel crankset (1950’s) with Velo Orange chain-rings, 46/30
  • Edco bottom bracket, cottered (original)
  • Campagnolo Gran Sport front derailleur
  • Campagnolo Gran Turismo rear derailleur
  • Campagnolo Nuovo Tipo high flange hubs
  • Fiamme 36 hole rims
  • Panaracer Pasela 32c tires
  • Regina 5 speed freewheel 14/28
  • 3 TTTT stem
  • 3 TTT Superleggero handlebars
  • Magistroni headset (original)
  • Ideale Record 80 Saddle
  • Campagnolo Nuovo Record seatpost
  • Universal Model 125 brakes and levers
  • MKS pedals
  • Honjo fenders
  •  TA water bottle cage

The purpose of the finished bike is to be an all weather, all road cruiser, with enough gears to tackle any hill and sporty enough to keep up on most club rides. It could event be pressed into randonneuring service for shorter rides. I have yet to tackle anything significant with it but I’m sure that an opportunity will present itself soon! A ride report is certain to follow.

Here is the first post on the Mystery bike from Nov 2016.