• older1

    No clinchers and stamped dropouts here! Too bad someone already pilfered the kickstand, pie plate, reflectors, and safety levers! Just kidding, of course; what a beautiful bike!
    It’s always difficult to imagine how anyone could condemn such a special bike to forlorn confinement while the rest of us have been content to putz around on mass-production fodder.

  • http://trailerparkcyclist.blogspot.com Tim Joe Comstock

    This stuff drives me crazy! I like the bit about rats chewing on the seat. But as usual, the background fascinates me as much as the bikes themselves.

    Ricardo O, your shop looks like a place where Geppetto himself would be comfortable. What is that cast-metal bike stand? And isn’t that a period arts and crafts piece you are using for a work bench?

    And oh, those bikes are…special. That 61cc redhead would suit me just fine. Someday…

    • Ricardo Ortega

      The cast metal bike stand comes from an old bike shop that was in my hometown, Viña del Mar. I remember their exhibit parquet with a row of brand new Raleigh roadsters there. Former owner’s grandson told me that those stands were a local casted copy of originals from Italy, their grandparents’ homeland.

      About the work bench, is a very simple but well constructed piece that came from Buenos Aires. Inside the drawer a curious graffiti: “Perón el macho”

  • Jason Kelly

    Hi Ricardo, May I ask if you know where to get a Bottecchia head badge or decal, I’m down here in New Zealand and I’m struggling to get something. Cheers Jason