Pennine Italia - 1965
Posted: Wednesday 19th August 2020
|Frame||Pennine Italia 1965 frame number 65117; 60cm seat tube; green with white panels and head tube|
|Wheels||Mavic sprint rims on Campag large-flange hubs and Continental Giro tubs protected by flint catchers|
|Chainset||Stronglight 49D alloy cotterless with TA double rings 47/50 on converter|
|Pedals||Campagnolo Gran Sport steel pedals with Christophe clips and straps|
|Gears||Campagnolo Gran Sport rear with Valentino front and bar-end levers|
|Brakes||Universal 51 levers with Mafac centre-pull stirrups|
|Stem/Bars||Stem and bars 3TTT|
|Saddle||Ideal 90 saddle with Campagnolo seat pin|
|Extra details||I have had a Pennine 'gas' pump since the 60's but didn't realise the connection with Whitaker and Mapplebeck until reading about it on this site. This made me think that it would be good to have a bike to go with the pump and I saw the Pennine frame listed on ebay a few months later, it also had the brazed-on boss for the pump clip. It was my size too so decided fate had taken a hand and I bought the frame. I had most of the parts to build the frame up and am very pleased with the ride, especially the comfort from the Ideale 90 saddle which I had dreamed of owning since my schooldays in the 50's.
The frame was painted by Paul Corcoran at Pennine Cycles and he managed to mask off the topeye decoration and save it.