Here comes another post on one of the bikes Matteo updated last year while we were in Italy. This time it was an old Atala bike, a classic Italian bike. It was the perfect bike that could easily turn into a modern and functioning ride with a classic taste. As you can see in the next picture it was really in need of some elbow grease.
Matteo as usual dismantled it completely and decided to eliminate with a grinder all the extra iron, in order to make lighter, not only in terms of weight but also to the eye. These little “touch-ups” made the difference and the frame started to look much less old and more updated.
Then he set it on his diy standing tool (yes, he made a sort of standing tool with an old fork, so he could freely paint the bikes without worrying of touching it or reaching all the its sides) and spray painted it in black matte. In the next picture you probably see some iron wire coming out from the holes in the top bar: those same holes are made for the brake wire. Passing a new wire through them can drive you crazy, so Matteo has a method he learned from a mechanic: attached to one end of the old brake wire some iron wire and then slowly pull the first one out until the second one has come all the way through. When you’re done and ready to put a new brake wire, just do the opposite, attaching the new one to the iron wire.
When the paint had dried and rested a night or two, Matteo put all the new parts: brown tires, brown seat, new chain and new brakes. As for the handlebars, he used a black one we had on hand. It looked a bit to long, so he decided to cut it (check the yellow tape that indicates the measure on the right side of the handlebar) and then added two brown plastic grips. Of course he also attached a 1 cent coin to the front of the bike: that’s almost a “trademark” that Matteo put on all the bikes he made!
So here is the final result: a contemporary bike, thanks to its minimal shape, but still classic, given by the combination of the black frame and the brown details.
We had to sell the bike before leaving Italy and although it had surely a higher value, we decide to sell it just for the price of the new parts.