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My new retro Bottecchia(11 posts)

My new retro Bottecchiaspuncrazy
Nov 3, 2002 5:05 PM
This is a shot of a bike I just picked up. It has a mix of Campy C-Record and Chorus. I have some C-Record cranks to put on, then everything but the brakes will be C-Record. I believe this is the color of frame Lemond used in the 89 Tour De France.
Bot'chya ... sounds like slavery or prostitution!Humma Hah
Nov 3, 2002 5:38 PM
Sorry, just couldn't resist. I HATE admitting fine bikes came from somewhere besides the US.

That color scheme looks like my wife's garden in springtime.
pronounced a little different thoughSpirito
Nov 3, 2002 10:44 PM
im not an expert or italian but i think its pronounced


although im still trying to figure out where you got slavery or prostitution but then i figure my mind often wanders into devious quarters on the slightest of whims ......

pronounced a little different thoughGalligruppo
Nov 4, 2002 6:02 AM
Actually it is a four syllable word: Bo - tek - ee - yah.

Yes, my mind is still thinking...wspokes
Nov 4, 2002 6:52 AM
I am still pondering the fine young track females I encountered in Trexlertown and thinking, Why? why are there none around here...Why? only nascar women.

Then again, The Lone Gunman and I scared some local mud cooter in the Ridgway Subway a few weeks back too. She still thinks TLG is serious about getting "naked inside". This impact happens when two individuals come in clad in helmets, cold weather gear, and one asks if he can bring his bike inside!
got a poster of lemond in yellow from '89rufus
Nov 4, 2002 8:03 AM
and he's riding a burgundy colored bottecchia with with white seat tube and chrome fork.
re: My new retro Bottecchiafrogman_jake
Nov 21, 2002 9:58 AM
The second guy is correct about the pronunciation. What you have there is a nice replica bike made to look just like the one Greg rode in the 1989 tour when he was with the ADR team. I've got a neat picture of him on your bike that I will enclose.

I also have one that will be for sale on Ebay soon. Mine has the chrome chainstay and internal cable routing, otherwise just like yours, only bigger. (57cm)

Put some sew ups on it and it makes a great vintage century bike, mine even has a Brooks Pro saddle and the original Bottechia engraved frame pump. They are still in business and make a great frame. The company is named after Octavio Bottecchia who won the Tour in 1924 and is still the only man every to wear the yellow jersey every day of the race. He died under suspicious circumstances while still young.
interesting Bottecchia infoDuke249
Nov 21, 2002 10:59 AM
The company producing Bottecchia bicycles today has no relation to when these bicycles were made. Basically, its like today's Masi's. The name has been sold and they're now just junk aluminum bicycles. The Carnielli company which was the original holder of the Bottecchia name went belly-up in the mid-90s. I've been told their demise came about in part because of their professional sponsorships.

Also, notice in your photo that the bicycle Greg is riding is not truly a Bottecchia, but instead a rebadged TVT carbon frameset, which is easily distinguished by the aluminum headlugs. The TVT frameset was extremely popular in the late 80's/early 90's and was used by Delgado, as a rebadged Pinarello; Indurain, as a rebadged Pinarello; and Bugno as a rebadged Bianchi.

One other interesting point about Ottavio Bottecchia-he was the first Italian to win the TDF in 1924. He again won the Tour in 1925.
interesting Bottecchia infospuncrazy
Nov 22, 2002 7:29 AM
Thanks for the info. I knew this frame was a lower model than the one Greg used, but the color scheme was close.

It is a nice comfortable bike. The C-Record hubs are roll smooth.

One cool thing i, I have not seen another Bot around so people always ask about it.

Thanks Again
one of my Bottecchia'sDuke249
Nov 22, 2002 7:43 AM
Yeah, They're something you don't see every day. I have two that are identical frames, but from different years. The rear spacing is different on the frames, and the C-Record groups are also quite different. Here's a photo of one:
one of my Bottecchia'sspuncrazy
Nov 23, 2002 7:03 AM
I recognize that bike. I emailed you about 2 weeks ago asking about Bots, because I just picked one up. Small world
Thanks Alex