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Pennine Italia - 1971

Submitted by David Craig



 Pennine Italia - 1971, frame number 71103; seat tube 23", top tube 22", chainstays 15½", wheelbase 38"; Reynolds 531 double butted tubes, stays and forks.
Fiamme rims/Tubular on Campagnolo record 36h  hubs with double butted stainless spokes
Chainset Stronglight 49D with Stronglight competition BB and TA Cyclotourist 53/43 Chainrings Regina “GS Corse 14 – 18” 5 speed freewheel
Pedals Lyotard platform pedals & “GB” Stainless toe clips
Gears  Campagnolo Nuovo record rear (1974),  Campagnolo Record (1960s) front, with Campagnolo “Braze on” downtube shifters 
Brakes Universal “Super 68” Sidepull brakes and levers
Stem/Bars GB alloy stem and bars
Saddle  Brooks Swallow
Extra details  Forged fork crown, Seat stays directly brazed to frame (not wraparound) and ¾ chromed forks and stays are unusual original features for this make.  The front changer is the early 1960’s type with cable stop and flat cage

Frame purchased used from Whitaker and Mapplebeck in 1974. This was built “short” for time trialling but has just enough clearance for mudguards, and the Campagnolo short dropouts have mudguard eyes.  Johnny Mapplebeck advised me the frame had been built to a very specific customer order, but its original owner had then discovered girls and could no longer afford to race: he pointed out the forged fork crown which he personally regarded as a bit of a “trend,” marginally adding to the weight at a time when many riders were “drilling out”. The other atypical feature for this make is directly brazed seat stays (Pennine were usually wrap round). I took this bike with me as my racing machine to university. I transferred the Stronglight 49D Cranks/TA rings at that time from my 1970 Pennine, and I have managed exactly to replace the worn out Lyotard pedals - I still have the 1970’s shoes (and plates) to match. I have now restored the bike to near original with wheels built up from 1970’s period parts, using double butted stainless steel spokes in place of chrome.

I rode this bike until 1991 then lent it to my youngest brother who rode it occasionally for pleasure until I re-acquired it in 2011: the frame was reconditioned by Arthur Caygill Cycles of Richmond N Yorkshire in 2013, and a new Brooks “Swift” saddle was added. Parts used are 1960’s and 1970's.

 Note, the frame restoration included preserving the original chrome which has a few blemishes but is otherwise a tribute to the quality of manufacture. This frame was used mainly for time trialling in the 1970’s but thereafter for leisure.

NOS Lyotard Marcel Berthet platform pedals, also marketed as
Continental racing pedals by Brown Bros.

Universal 68 rear (long reach version)

Original alloy GB stem and bars

Above: 'Shot-in' seat stays and seat lug

Right: Classic Italia lugs with forged fork crown