A few months ago I bought a small LeMond Alpe d'Huez road bicycle from one of the trash pickers at the swap meet. It had been hit by a car and the rims were bent with broken spokes, but the Campagnolo components seemed fine. For years I've been wanting a vintage Italian road bike. A few weeks ago I found an old frame at the swap meet. I had never heard of the brand but saw the Campagnolo brake levers and knew it had to be good so I bought it for $15.
Got it home and did some research to find that Mauro Sannino hand-built top end road bikes in Turino in the 70s/80s and was famous as the supplier of bikes for the Russian team during the (US boycotted) 1980 Olympics. The evil Russian in the movie American Flyers rode Sannino.
The frame had some rust spots so I decided to give it the Kintsugi treatment
. Rather than sanding and repainting it to look perfect, I sanded down to bare metal and coated it with the clearcoat spray I had in the basement. It highlights the imperfections.
I bent the rims back into shape using the Bikeman-for-u IBM method
which worked surprisingly well. I had some spokes in my toolbox and was able to get the wheels close enough to true.
I salvaged as many parts as possible and pieced together a complete Italian road bike. The only thing I had to buy was the handlebar tape, $9 on ebay. I still have the Campy brake levers, front derailleur hanger, and seatpost clamp which will definitely earn enough on ebay to cover the cost of both bikes, handlebar tape and (eventual) new tires.
1981 Sannino Road Bike