Another recent arrival is the Legnano road bike that turned up with the Shorter a few weeks ago
For those that don’t know it’s an Italian brand that were sold or Licensed to Bianchi in the late 80’s, they began producing bikes in 1902 so they are a company steeped in history for sure . So far I have been unable to confirm when it was built or what model it is , the closest I have come to is late 70’s early 80’s for a production date due to Campagnolo Portacatena style rear dropouts . The tubing Is Falck and seems quite light and provides a very nice comfortable ride.
How much of the componentry is original or not is hard to say what with a mix of Shimano 600 arabasque mechanisms controlled by one suntour power shifter and a campagnolo one , both actually work well and give a nice positive gear selection operation . The superb looking triple arm campagnolo strada crankset has to be one of the prettiest on the market in my opinion . The brake set is a nothing special set of wienmann side pull calipers with matching levers , once the pads were replaced the braking feel and response improved a lot .
The 3ttt bars and stem are very clean and could almost both be passed off as new items , the black leather like bar tape needed re fitting on the one side due to it having slipped over the years . The tyres the bike came with were well past their best and have been replaced with a set of Mavic Yksion tyres which I am well impressed with It’s the first time I have used Mavic tyres, my normal choice would have been Vittorio Rubino’s . The wheels are made up with early shimano 600 hubs laced on to Mavic red label clincher rims .
One of the few jobs I have done to this bike is to strip and clean the Campagnolo headset and rebuild it with some new fresh grease as it had a rather dead spot on it , this has cured the dead spot and once it was adjusted up after a few miles it now provides a nice feel when moving the bars whilst changing direction . The seat post was raised up to its maximum setting to give me the required height I needed and the fitment of my Selle smp 209 lite saddle finalized the set up of this bike once the Atom 400 pedals were replaced with some more modern Shimano clip in units .
The 100 miles I have covered so far have been made up with a 43 and a 24 mile ride with the rest being a mixture of daily commutes and or early morning 12 miles loops and I can honestly say it has proved to be one of the nicest bikes I have ridden for a long time and even gives my red Ian May a good run for its money being my favourite bike to ride . Ok the paintwork has a degree of age related patina but I think it all adds up to a very nice bike indeed .
What happens next to this bike I hear you ask , well the answer is that for the moment it’s firmly in the keeping section of the garage and I have been using the dimensions from this to both the Shorter and the Holdsworth to achieve a comfy riding position .