Hello out there CR members:
I have now acquired the one MASI Gran Criterium that has always been my very favorite for almost 30 years. Someday I hope to have pictures for everyone to see, but for now I am more interested in learning a little more about it. This particular frame set was purchased from a S.F. Bay area shop in the early 1970's, prior to '75 I'm sure, and I think '73 or '74. I remember riding behind it in pace lines on club rides back then. It's serial number, or the only number on it, is M60. It is medium gray metallic, with a fine metallic gold head-tube, and yellow enamel in the lug cut-outs, which I believe is a KAS team paint scheme. It's previous owner removed the seat-tube and down-tube decals right after he purchased it, much to my protests, but the Faleiro Masi signature is intact, as is the MASI Milano head-tube decal. Brian Baylis, or anyone else who may have MASI knowledge, can you help me date this frame? And can you help me determine if this is truly a KAS team issued MASI, or if it was just a standard paint combination? By the way, it still has the original Campy NR headset, BB set, and seatpost binder bolt, but I haven't removed anything yet since i've only had it in my possession for less than a week. Oh yea, Jim Cunningham, if you're reading this, this is the one I mentioned a few months ago in an e-mail. Once I determine the frame's year of manufacture, I will be looking for some correct Campy NR components for a buildup, but I will send another e-mail when I'm ready for that. That's all for now, please help if you can. Many thanks in advance.
"Bicycle Mark" Perkins Visalia / Fresno, Calif. Soon to be living in Squaw Valley, Fresno County, California, above 1000 ft. elev., and about 3 miles south of hwy 180 between Fresno and Kings Canyon Nat'l. Park. If you've ever, for any reason been to the Orange Cove Road Race, my place to be is very close to that course. I think my luck is changing, maybe I should buy a lottery ticket !