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A little bit of history before I start showing the photos of my restoration job:

My brother bought a Legnano racing bike back in 1983/84 when I was 9-10 years old. If I remember correctly, the bike cost about S$600++ at that time. It was considered as an expensive bike back in those days. 

Anyway, he used the bike for a few years, then dumped it at one side after he got bored of it. I started riding a racing bike when I was 14-15 years old. Yup... I was using my brother's Legnano at that time and I still remember riding along Changi coastal road back in those days. I stopped riding when I was around 18 years old... then my father used it for his regular weekly ride after me and my brother stopped using it.

My brother still keep this Legnano after so many years... But he locked it at the carpark of his condominum, and left it to rust and deteriorate without any care... someone even offered him S$150 a couple of years back for his bike but he refused to sell it. I decided to take it from him and restore his bike back to it's glory days....

Here's a photo of me when I was 15 years old in 1989, taken with the Legnano racing bike. I always like Colnago bike at that time but I couldn't afford it, except the cycling cap which I wore in the photograph... I still have that Colnago cap with me smile Not sure why I fixed up an aero bar on the bar though... Haha!

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Anyway, here are some photos of the bike when I got it back from my brother a couple of years back for restoration. You can see that the conditions were kinda bad...

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I dismantled the bike and polished all components using my muscle and hand... Quite a lot of work, but was very satisfy with my work after that. Here are some photos of the polished componets.

I removed the paint of the frame and sanded off most of the rust. I wanted to paint the frame by myself originally, but it was badly damaged due to the rust, so I sent the frame to another person for repair work and paint job.

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To cut everything short... Here are the photos of the restored Legnano. I didn't paint it to the original blue as I find it kinda boring, so I chosen gold instead.

Shimano Golden Arrow components are still the originals that my brother got it back in 1983. I am not sure why he installed shimano parts on it, I guess it could be budget constraint and did not use Campagnolo components instead...

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Awesome work you have there!
It's also well documented!
Good choice of colors
Good thing you keep this baby
It will serve you for many years to come!



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Thanks dmonster! I have returned the bike to my brother and told him to take good care of it... It is still his bike after all. Furthermore I am unable to keep it at my place due to insufficient space.

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Great work! Your brother must be touched by your hard work. Legnano was popular and "affortable". Frame n fork was sold for about $360 then.Do join us on Sunday Vintage ride to Changi Village for breakfast.

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Job well done!
You appreciated more when you have your hands dirty.

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Gd colour combination..where did u sent the frame? Is there a clear coat underneath the decals?..

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Ashok kumar wrote:

Gd colour combination..where did u sent the frame? Is there a clear coat underneath the decals?..


Hello there. The frame was restored by one of a bike shop in Singapore. The clear coat was done after the decals were placed on the frame. The decals are very thin, almost like those that you see in model car kit.



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Think it's call Water-Slide Decal



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Good Job! The previous condition is really bad but it looks like a million bucks now.



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