Time Machine: DiCampli

Mar 21 2016

Via Matt’s Frejus got us talking about DiCampli Bicycles formerly in Philly.

There’s no real info on the shop online but with the info below we can say:

Nick DiCampli owned a bike shop specializing in Frejus on Quince Street in Philadelphia.

It opened sometime in the late 60’s and closed an indeterminate amount of time later.

A small number of DiCampli Corsa road bikes were sold out of the shop.

These bicycles were likely rebranded Frejus’s.

Here’s the post from 2012:


“If I had a decent beach cruiser I’d trade for this bike just for this really unclear history.

I think this CL ad is unrelated to the following thread highlights from: (???? )

but its still relevant information.

“As the story goes, she was living in Philadelphia in the late 60’s/early
70’s and was dating the owner of a local bike shop. Supposedly he was one
of the top sellers of something at the time and that manufacturer sent him
this bike. A year or two later he got a nicer one and gave this one to my
mom. She rode it all over the place for a few years, it has pretty much
been stored hanging in her garage for the last 15-20 years, however. Used
to have a Cinelli frame-mount pump, but that’s long since missing,
unfortunately.
I’ll swing by again tomorrow and get some more pictures of details, but
there isn’t really much stamped on it that I recall.. The handlebar stem is
stamped with ‘mod record’ on one side and ‘mm.75’ on the other.

As for putting air in the tires, I brought it to the LBS to see about
getting it running again but they didn’t have the type of tire it would have
needed in stock and pretty much convinced me that getting a newer bike would
be better for starting out with a bike obsession than restoring the older
one right off the bat. Otherwise I would be riding it right now!”

“Nick DiCampli was the owner of a bike shop in Philadelphia that was one of
the top sellers of FREJUS bicycles. Because of this FREJUS sent him this bike as a ‘thank you for your good work’. A year or two later, the bike was
given to a girlfriend when Nick got a new bike.”

Can Chickenman or someone tell us more information about Nick DiCampli?”

2016 Note:
With the information we have now I think we could guess that the DiCampli road bike is a low end, rebranded Frejus. As for the location of the shop on Quince Street I took a look on Google Maps and tried to make an educated guess about where the shop was. Quince only runs a few blocks, and is mostly residential, so the options are limited, but it was NOT the Bike Stop.

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another ebay description:
“Vintage 1970’s DiCampli CORSA Roadbike 56cm bottom bracket (center) to toptube (center). Campagnolo Deraileurs, shifters and Hubs. Unknown 3-piece Cotter pin cranks and pedals, BB axle has “57” stamped on it. Universal brand Center pull brake calipers. and Levers. Italian ttt stem. Kenda High pressure tires. New Chain KMC. All original decals and paint. Paint is chipping in some areas and the frame is ALL chrome underneath. It doesn’t say it is Chromoly, but the frame is Very light and Thin Walled. Made in Italy decal says “Seamless Steel Tubing”. Bike rides very nice. The rear hub axle is slightly bent. The hub skewers are original Campagnolo. The rear rim has a couple of dings but is straight and feels perfect when riding. The front rim is perfect. The rear Rim is “Maccari Torino” steel and the front is “NISI TORO” Aluminum”

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another in Legnano green! This one was for sale from UC Berkely last year. Maybe you could still get it.

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ttt gooseneck stem.
ttt road drop handlebar.
Ribbon handlebar tape (Made in Italy).
Universal brake levers.
Universal Med 61 center pulled dual pivot brakes with quick releases.
25.4mm diameter seatpost.
Campagnolo downtube friction shifters (2X5).
Campagnolo front/rear derailleur.
Campagnolo cotterless crankset: 40T, 52T.