Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Personal bike: Mid 1970's Pogliaghi Pista

     Here is another one of my personal bikes. It is a mid 1970's Pogliaghi pista model. Here is a link to the Sante Pogliaghi section in the book The Custom Bicycle. link here! courtesy of Classic Rendezvous. I purchased it several years ago from the original owner, Scottie Hicks. He currently resides in the California Bay area and is a mechanic at The Missing Link. It was originally purchased from Hill cycle here in Philadelphia,  new. Scott raced it at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome for an unknown number of years and then retired it as a training bike. He changed the fork to one that was drilled for a front brake, but provided the original fork when I bought it.
      I have only made minimal changes to the set up. I changed the headset to a Campagnolo steel Pista model and the bars and stem to Cinelli model 18 steel pista bars and an older Cinelli steel badged stem. I also put new tubular tires on it. The rest of the componentry is a mixed bag of Nuovo Record and Super Record. Super Record pista cranks 170mm, Nuovo Record bottom bracket, Nuovo Record pista pedals with cyclo- cross toe clips and Alfredo Binda toe straps. Super Record seat post and Cinelli unicanitor wishbone rail saddle. Campagnolo low flange Nuovo Record pista hub set laced to NISI Moncalieri dark anodized rims. A Regina track chain rounds out the drive train.
     The serial number is #11294 which puts it in the mid 1970's. There is also a stamp of 60P on the BB shell, which I assume is the size and model I.D. One odd thing is the BB shell has the "R" cut out, which is Rossin's logo. the company was sold to him in 1982 and he continued production into the 90's. So I am not sure if Sante actually made this bike, or if Rossin did. Also, maybe it is a transition period when Sante was showing him how to he built bikes. The seat lug has the "PSM" stamp, and other frame details which make me think Sante built this bike, but I will never know for sure. Any help from someone more in the know than myself?
     The frame construction is top notch. Everything is filed and thinned nicely and the brazing is very clean. Classic Italian lines and styling. one nice detail is the drop outs. They are nicely filed into spear points where they are brazed into the fork blades and chain/seat stays. The flat fork crown is gorgeous and the large round fork blades are super strong. This bike retains all of its original decals and paint which is an added bonus. I am proud to be its care taker.



Anonymous said...

Looks more like a late 70's early eighties frame with the pantographed seat-stay caps, the Rossin BB shell and the 'SP' on the frock crown. The serial number also seems high for mid 70's.

bikeville said...

Thanks for your info. According to the Classic Rendezvous registry, the serial number is firmly in the mid to late 70's. I could be wrong though.

Anonymous said...

a teammate of mine has one almost identical that he raced at major taylor velodrome last year. he used it to set the best 500m time of the year at the track and raced it at the masters track nationals