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Pennine Italia 1965 

Owned by: John Cole

Pennine Cole RB 1

Pennine Italia 1965 frame number 65117; 60cm seat tube; green with white panels and head tube
Mavic sprint rims on Campag large-flange hubs and Continental Giro tubs protected by flint catchers
Chainset Stronglight 49D alloy cotterless with TA double rings 47/50 on converter
Pedals Campagnolo Gran Sport steel pedals with Christophe clips and straps
Gears Campagnolo Gran Sport rear with Valentino front and bar-end levers
Brakes Universal 51 levers with Mafac centre-pull stirrups
Stem/Bars Stem and bars 3TTT
Saddle Ideal 90 saddle with Campagnolo seat pin
Extra details I have had a Pennine 'gas' pump since the 60's but didn't realise the connection with Whitaker and Mapplebeck until reading about it on this site. This made me think that it would be good to have a bike to go with the pump and I saw the Pennine frame listed on ebay a few months later, it also had the brazed-on boss for the pump clip.  It was my size too so decided fate had taken a hand and I bought the frame. I had most of the parts to build the frame up and am very pleased with the ride, especially the comfort from the Ideale 90 saddle which I had dreamed of owning since my  schooldays in the 50's.

The frame was painted by Paul Corcoran at Pennine Cycles and he managed to mask off the topeye decoration and save it.

Pennine Cole RB 2
Image showing Pennine characteristic hand-painted topeye
Also boss for clip and Pennine pump. Flint catchers for tubs

Pennine Cole RB 3
Stronglight 5-pin cranks with TA 5-pin to 6-bolt converter for double chainrings
Campagnolo Valentino front changer

Pennine Cole RB 4
Ideale 90 saddle, Campagnolo alloy seat pin and spare tubs