Hi Jim,

Thank-you for the very fast delivery of my 2009 Current Classics Calendar. What a BEAUTIFUL selection of photos/bikes.

I would like to enter the first CC for this Italian builder - BASSO. I found this frame on EBay in 2007 and did a local pickup of it along with the crank, bottom bracket, brakes, rear derailleur and wheels from an ex bike shop owner in the NYC area. It was his personal frame and was in almost new condition. I had fun sourcing the rest of the components from EBay and Velo-Orange.com. It was my winter build project for 2007/2008. Pictures are from my favorite stopping place on my normal training ride. The overlook is in the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point, Milford CT.

Build details as follows: Frame:

Early 1980's Basso 63cm, mix of Columbus SP/SL, lugged with Campagnolo dropouts, chromed chain stays and fork crown, pantographs on the seat stay caps, fork crown, rear brake bridge.
Handlebars: Cinelli Campione del Mondo 66-44 bars covered with sew-on Velo-Orange elkhide leather covers and Velox bar end caps.
Stem: Cinelli 1a quil stem 130mm.
Brake levers: Campagnolo Super Record levers with origional gum Campagnolo hoods.
Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record bakes and pads.
Fork: Columbus SP with Campagnolo dropout and pantographed "B" on top of chromed fork crown.
Headset: Campagnolo Super Record headset.
Wheels: Campagnolo Super Record low flange hubs with 36 hole Flamme tubular rims mounted with Tufo tubular S33 Special 21mm.
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record 170mm pantographed and drilled by Poretti.
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Nuovo Record bottom bracket.
Saddle: Girardi Regal padded saddle with yellow leather, copper rivets and rails.
Seat Post: Campagnolo Nuovo Record smooth post.
Pedals: Campagnolo SR pedals with Ale toe clips covered in gold elkhide (to match handlebars) and red Mikashima straps.
Chain: SRAM 8 sd chain. Cog/Gearing: 52-42 Campagnolo drilled and pantographed Super Record chainrings up front, Sachs 7 speed 13-28 freewheel in back.
Shifters: Campagnolo NR/SR downtube shifters.
Deraileurs: Campagnolo Super record front and rear (pat. 84).
Misc.: Silca Impero frame pump with Camponolo head, Velo-Orange brass bell, Campagnolo seat post binder bolt, Yellow Jagwire brake and shifter cable covers ans Aztec teflon coated brake and shifter cables.

Best Regards,

Jim Booth



Basso - On the Boardwalk

Basso - Front end  detail

Basso - Drivetrain detail


Basso - Front brake detail
Basso - Saddle detail
Basso - Rear Brake Detail
Basso - Hub Detail
Basso - Rear hub and dropout

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