Bike Builds

Here is a mid tier Miele road bike that I acquired recently. It came walking into my local bike shop for a consignment sale one day while I was there. The shop owner wasn’t really excited by the opportunity so I jumped in to help everybody out!



I acquired this bike as an impulse purchase, mainly because it looked like a good deal. The price was $120 including shipping, as pictured below. Now, I didn’t really need this frame but I do like some of the 80’s British touring bikes and I thought that maybe I could find something to do with this one. Besides, look at all of the good parts it came with!


 Cicli – R.Daniele – Ivrea


Late 1950’s or early 60’s?


A retro-mod frankenbike, with patina?

As it came to me this bike was equipped with a Campy sport level 2 x 5 drive-train. For this year of bicycle that meant that it had a rear hub spacing of 120 mm. That is not a problem if you are going to use the original components in building this bike up. But….. I wanted to give this Atala an update and I just happened to have a Campy Veloce 9 speed gruppo laying around. Of course the spacing for a modern 9 speed hub is 130 mm so that is not going to work, right?


Time to dress this “Bella Donna” up!

The paint has been finished except for the final clear coat so it is time to put the decals on. I took several reference photographs prior to stripping the old paint so that I could get the decals exactly where they belonged. For decals I chose the Velocals 1 mil version and applied them using the water method. They are self adhesive but the water method allows you to correct alignment errors more easily. Once these decals stick they are going to stay!



This Italian beauty is naked!


After a dozen or so hours of effort I finally have the frame and fork stripped down to bare metal. I used “Aircraft Stripper” and a fine wire brush. Aircraft Stripper costs a little more but it doesn’t really do the job any better. I was hoping the fancy name and price would make it better. Oh well, lesson learned (again).


Rough but Original?

That is how this bike came to me. It had probably been ridden very lightly for a couple of years and then stored for over 40 years! It was as original as you can get with, tires, cables, seat and brake pads all nearly unused but suffering from age deterioration. Some rust has diminished the chrome but it should be 90 percent salvageable. There are scrapes on the paint and the logos are faded but other decals and the head-badge look pretty good! This is just how I like to get a bike, I think this will clean up very nicely!



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