VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   thinning the herd posted by: Brian L. on 3/14/2005 at 8:06:53 PM

Thanks for looking

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Garlatti posted by: John R on 3/12/2005 at 9:50:55 PM
Hello All,

Does Garlatti jog any memories? I recently discovered one, and it is a name with which I am not familiar.

The bike looks like an early 60s racer, the decals on the downtube and seat tube show "Garlatti" and "Parma" under it with the image of a bird. I suspect it is from the early 60s because of the components, mainly Campagnolo. This is the first time I've seen Campagnolo downtube shifters with cable housing from each shifter all the way to each derailleur. The front derailleur is a Valentino, the rear is not. It looks a like a Nuovo Record but only has "Campagnolo" in raised letters on the outside arm. The hubs are Campy large flange with circular holes. It has Universal 61 brakes and an Ambroso stem. Most of the lugs are chrome and ornate, the entire headtube is chrome. The Crank is an old three pin steel cottered type that has Garlatti stamped into the arm near the axle. It's not in the best of shape, there is mucho rust to remove on the chrome, but the little I have done so far has come off with some elbow grease.

I ran an Old Roads search on Garlatti but it didn't turn up much. I would love to know more about my latest acquisition. Any info about the builder or history would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and Happy Trails

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Garlatti posted by David Kirk on 3/13/2005 at 1:22:55 AM
I had a Garlatti in the early 70's. It had been repainted black and had beautiful chrome lugs. I remember steel Campy parts and Universal brakes. I only had the bike for a short time. Someone broke into my house and stole the bike and nothing else. Of course, back then I didn't have much else worth stealing. It was too small for me, anyway. Is yours about a 52cm frame? Maybe it's the same bike!


   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Garlatti posted by Kjell on 3/13/2005 at 6:13:05 PM
Until recently Garlatti ran i web page on but it seems to be down now. I think they were (are?) quite a large maker of utility bicycles with a few psuedo-racer models in the range. I own an 80s "Ives Corsa" with Gran Sport gear. You can see it on
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Garlatti posted by Steven on 3/16/2005 at 1:42:49 AM
Garlatti are based in Parma Italy as I suppose you have already figured out. They also built mopeds and small motorcycles. They also built under the name Welter and Ilves. The company still exists but I don't believe they build any bikes any more. Their better bikes of late would have carried the Welter brand.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Garlatti posted by Steven Schlichtmann on 4/11/2005 at 12:58:05 AM
I have a Garlatti. The badges say "Cicli Welker" & "Sprint". I have also had one stolen many years ago. My grandfather bought 2 of them when he lived in California in the late 60's. My father ended up with one, and the other went about the family for some time. I finally got my hands on the second one when I was in my mid teens, and did a major restore job on it but updated many parts to what was current in the mid 80's. (Except for the large chrome wing nuts used for "Quick release".) I used it as my main bike for about 5 years until it was stolen. Last year, my father gave me his to restore. His bike was mainly original parts. It has Simplex deraillers and Universal brakes. I have taken a couple of pictures so I can show before and after restoration. I am going to try to keep as much original as possible. Maybe even try to remake the decals.

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Garlatti posted by Layil on 8/17/2007 at 8:37:49 PM
hey all

i have a bike that is exactly as the one described above (Garlati, Cicli Welker, Sprint, Universale) and am trying to find out more about it. its a bit heavy and the wrong frame size for me, so im selling it to a friend, but i want to be able to tell him what he's got.

i gather theyre rare and from the 60's and 70's or so.
this one will clean up really nice when we're done working on it. the decals are scratched, but the lugs are beautifully detailed and everything seems to run fine.

anyhow, im more curious than anything. :)

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Garlatti posted by ARNOLD HOROWITZ on 10/20/2007 at 9:24:26 PM

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Garlatti posted by Gustav on 5/13/2008 at 3:19:55 AM
I own a Garlatti Ives Corsa, originally equipped with Campagnolo gears and Weinmann brakes. It is very much like the one at My belive is that it's from early 80's.

Currently it's stripped to be a single speed along with 30mm cross tubes, perfect for a fancy looking, retro alround bike.

   TILLSTON HELLENIC FRAME posted by Barry on 5/14/2008 at 12:24:43 PM
Hi every one i need help i have a 1950s tillston hellenic frame set, Tillston as far as i know there was 250 made and there is only 12 left i need decals or a picture of anyone who has one. Tillston are still going but only motorbikes they are a Stockton based firm but they have no decals left any info would be gratefully appreciated

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Garlatti posted by Howard Loveless on 7/13/2008 at 8:51:35 AM
I've had a garlatti parma 10 speed since '71. I was told when I bought it that it was from the early 50's. It has a serial # 4878M262. Is there a way I can get more info on this bike? Thanks, Howard

   RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Garlatti posted by Gene on 7/24/2008 at 10:14:55 AM
Hi there,
I recently traded for a Garletti Parma. On the frame under seat it has some numbers and I do not know what they mean: one side: 56 other side: 5 69
I was told that it has a new derailer (shimano),rims & tires and a new braking system. The silver chrome is in great shape. I was wondering where I can find out more about the bike and also the possible value of it.
Thanks - Gene

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Garlatti posted by craig on 7/27/2008 at 12:10:12 AM
I had a Garlatti that my brother bought in the early 1960s: cottered steel crank, Universal brakes, Campagnolo shifters and high flange hubs (their cheapest, I think the line was called Nuovo Tipo), Ambrosio stem, Garlatti leather saddle. In the early 70s I was told that Garlattis were no longer imported because they were made by prison labor (which violated laws about fair competition and "slave" labor). I do not know if that was true or just an urban myth.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   RAYNAL 3 Speed posted by: Dan Finney on 3/12/2005 at 9:10:30 PM
I have a Raynal 3 speed girls bike in complete and ride-able condition and am thinking of selling it. I can find referances to it but have little knowledge of it's histroy or of it's value. It has a badge on the front stem that says Raynal (in script) and Birmingham underneath (stamped) and made in England at the bottom of the badge. I find no other marks or numbers.
Any one interested? or any infomation? please e-mail me at

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   please help identify this frame posted by: Tom Herold on 3/11/2005 at 9:27:41 PM
I have photos on, link below, I don't know if it will work or not. If the link does not work, go to look for forum link "mystery frame". Thank you so much!


VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Giant Peloton Lite posted by: Jacob on 3/11/2005 at 6:45:56 PM
Yesterday I found this 12 speed bike at the curb among other trash. It is ready to ride, so I'm gonna clean it up and keep it.
It has no framenumber, so I'm not able to date the bike exactly, but with equipment such as Shimano Tourney and SR my guess is that it is from the early 80's.
What do you guys say? Any comments?
I know this is a low end bike, but it's in nice condition, so I'm gonna ride it.
By the way: On the downtube a decal says some thing like "Quality touched by Koga".

Jacob, Denmark.