Sunday, May 8, 2011
How Lucky Can You Be?
A reader, lets call him Mr. X, wrote in with this:
"My name is X. As soon as it is warm enough up here I start to commute. It was -7C on Tuesday and that was warm enough. Anyway, my neighbor is always shaking his head because of my bicycling, but it really paid off. He was dropping stuff off at a good will place and noticed an old 10 speed sitting there and picked it up for me. When I came home from work and saw this old bike on his walkway I thought, "Great a 1970's 10 speed, just what I need." Before I was off my bike he was calling me to see if I could find a home for this bike. Not wanting to hurt any feelings I said sure I will find a place. As I walked up to it I noticed it had quick release hubs. The front wheel was off the bike so I grabbed the top bar and lifted it up which made the shift levers about eye level and noticed the embossing. I started to realize this may not be just your average bike so I googled it and guess what. I think I have a 1971 Speciale Corsa. I am sending you some pictures and asking your help in dating it. I have the wheel in at the bike shop being trued and tired. You will notice that there is no chain. I was wondering if you knew how many links were used on these bikes."
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