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I built this bike up over the weekend, starting with a vintage Italian-made frame that I found online.  It was fully chromed under the paint, so I stripped the paint and polished up the chrome to a nice shine.  I added a shiny silver Shimano 600 group and Dia-Compe brakes, along with brand-new wheels and saddle that complimented the classic spartan look of the frame.

While the frame didn't have any identifying logos, some research confirmed that it's an Italvega Super Record. Italvega bikes were designed and hand-built within the noted Torresini workshop at the Torpado factory in Padua, Italy.  It was carrying a sticker from Zumwalt's Bicycles in San Diego, CA so perhaps it was their in-house brand at one point. 

It's a quality frame, with gorgeous long-point lugs and Columbus SPX tubing, one of their higher-end tubesets.  Size-wise, it's 53cm bike, with a 53cm center-to-center top tube and a 53cm center-to-top seat tube.  Read on for more pictures and details:

The handebars and stem are made by PIVO, and the brand-new saddle is the Okami by Soma.  It rides on brand new low-profile 700c wheels with classic gumwall tires.  The 7-speed Shimano drivetrain is crisp and precise, with a rare set of Shimano-made retrofriction shifters that look very cool:


The pedals are Campagnolo with double-straps for a secure hold, and a Sugino SP-K seatpost.  The SP-K is my favorite seatpost, actually, found on many of my bikes because it has measurements engraved in the flutes, taking the guesswork out of  height adjustments.

Check out the gallery below for more pictures:

2 Responses to “1972 Italvega Super Record chrome 53cm road bike”

  1. peter medina says:

    Is it still available? I saw the ad on craigslist. 

  2. Matthew Ross says:

    Id love to know more about this bike,  and would like to know if it is still available. 
    Matthew Ross 

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