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another one saved from the scrap heapdesmo
Mar 31, 2003 5:13 PM
picked up this popsicle green 60's/70's? Italian Garlatti bike out of the Goodwill scrap yard last week for five bucks. It's gaspipe, but lugged, fully chromed underneath the paint, and has thick no name dropouts. Even came with a perfectly broken-in Wrights saddle and some low level Campy parts. Has a really neat foil Campy sticker on the seat tube. The wheels were replaced at some point and are really nice 27" narrow clincher rims with DT spokes on Mallard hubs! I spent about 2 days scrubbing everything and rebuilding the headset, BB, and hubs. Replicated the world color stickers that were coming off with some foil and pin stripe tape from a local sign shop. Converted it over to 40x16 single speed. And topped it off with the obligitory Benotto bar tape. Rides like a Cadillac, and is pure style. I think I'll ride it for a few weeks than throw it on ebay as I'm too broke lately to keep any of this stuff.

Argh, how come my Goodwills suck?!girchygirchy
Mar 31, 2003 7:41 PM
All I've ever found are cheap-ass bikes there...I guess it's a right place/right time thing. I'm gonna keep looking, that's a pretty neat find.

Cool findwspokes
Apr 1, 2003 5:37 AM
Dang Desmo...that's a sweet looking ride once you finished going over it, looks hot! Sweet deal! What size? I find nothing acceptable at my locale goodwills! I keep looking as well, one of these days.
Cool finddesmo
Apr 1, 2003 9:03 AM
The thing is not to be looking. I sell old records for a living so I have to make a manditory pass through about 15 thrift shops once a week to check on their vinyl. Always eyeball the bikes on the way out, and yes 99.9% junk every week. But every once in awhile you a get something of interest. It's funny the ones that make it inside the store are total clunkers and priced $40 or more. But I always score out in the "yard" where nothing is over five bucks. Got a real nice Nishiki Olympic out there on "dollar day" once. Have found lots of good saddles, bars and other parts laying around in boxes out there as well. great for building fixies and SS's on spec when the record biz is slow.

The Garletti is 56cm c-c square, with Cadillac wheelbase.
Old vinyl's great...girchygirchy
Apr 6, 2003 7:55 PM
There's an interesting store here in Lexington, Kentucky called Pop's Resale...a great little store. They have a nice collection of old LPs and 45s...I spend hours in there every time I go, just searching and searching through the stacks. If you're ever around there, you should check it out. Joe Ley Antiques in Louisville has an interesting collection of random oddities, too.

I bet that's a fun little trek through the stores, I'd love to do that each week...would probably take me the whole weekend!

Where's your store, BTW?

Old vinyl's great...desmo
Apr 6, 2003 9:12 PM

No brick and morter for me. Takes too much time away from riding and pillaging the junk stores for product. There's tons of great cheap vinyl out there for the not too fussy. I have an old system out in the garage now for spinning the good stuff that's too trashed to resell but still plays nice. Great to stack a few up when doing maintainence or a rebuild.
Dunno about that bar tape with that paint, but ...Humma Hah
Apr 1, 2003 10:27 AM
... bless you for saving it from the junkpile! Nice find!
well if you got some Varsity green.......desmo
Apr 1, 2003 10:57 AM
hand it over. I wanted to use some cool Schwinn lime green plastic stuff but my buddy with stocks of this stuff would not let loose with it. the Benotto stuff I used actually does match the paint with the center stripe color, but you can't see that in the photos.
any shots of that headtubemoschika
Apr 3, 2003 10:59 PM
looks like some nice lug work.
any shots of that headtubedesmo
Apr 4, 2003 8:21 PM

It's not. These were mass produced frames you see badged as all manner of low and midline Italian bikes from this period. There was a pic on the general forum last week of a entry level Bottechia with the same (or near frame). Cool looking but that's all. Of course, sometimes cool looking is enough.
any shots of that headtubeme man
Apr 5, 2003 10:33 PM
I pulled out the most beautiful bike from a local Bicycle referbish donation center. It was a Schwinn Traveler. Generic bike really. But DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN THERE IT FACTORY GREAS ON THE CHAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND NOT A SINGLE SIGH OR WEAR ON THE GEARS!!!!!!!! Its in SUCH mint condition, I cant believe i found it in such pristine condition.