Saturday, February 13, 2010

Detto Pietro Restoration

I finally got around to finishing the Detto Pietro. Repeated attempts to contact DP and find out more about the frame results only in returned, undelivered emails. Internet research finds very little information or documentation about Detto Pietro frames from the 1980's. They seem to be more well known for cycling shoes and helmets and the days of bike racing seem to be a lost period of time. Any information that a reader can provide would be appreciated.

This post will be basically a gallery of the bike as I have created it. I say that because it is not an exclusive component group, but I feel that would modifly it too much from the way my friend had it set up. Bikes are like that for most non-professional racers. Components are used and updated. Wheelsets are swapped. A bike is rarely as it is off the shelf, especially 20+ years after they were introduced. This one in particular was built up for Tom while stationed in Sicily, using parts that were desired, available and affordable. I have put one of my own seats on it because the Vetta was a bit too worn for restoration. A more period seat would be an option. The Wolber Alpine rims laced to Shimano 600 hubs were swapped out for a Campagnolo Record Crono/C-Record wheelset and the Modolo Brake levers changed to Campagnolo Victory to make the group all Campagnolo. This bike is in great shape for the age, and yes, I will ride it gently when the time comes because it must be experienced. Stay tuned for the Merckx Corsa Extra restoration, but for now, enjoy the photos.

Complete Parts List:
Detto Pietro Polare Frame & Bladed Fork (Columbus Tubing)
Campagnolo Record Crono Tubular Rims
Campagnolo C-Record Hubs
Campagnolo Victory Brake Calipers and Levers
Campagnolo Victory Shift Levers (Friction)
Campagnolo Record Headset
Campagnolo C-Record Crankset
Campagnolo C-Record Bottom Bracket
Campagnolo Superleggeri Pedals w/ Alfred Binda Straps
3TTT Record Pantographed Anza Stem
ITM Competition Handlebars
Regina CX Chain
Regina BX Freewheel (6 Speed)
Vittoria Rally Tubular Tires
Primax Seat Post
Thanks to for help identifying and to for help sourcing components.