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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:09 am 
Dirt Disciple

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First timer to retrobike rebuild (previously cars and motorbikes). Do I find out what this is and painstakingly restore it? If so how do I find out what it is? Or just paint it how I like and not worry about logos? Cheers for your time and help.

Columbus Tubing and Forks
All Campag dropouts
Brazed on cable eyes and brazed on cable route under bottom bracket
32 head
28 seat and down tube
25 top tube
40mm bottom bracket tube

Italian thread
All campag bearings.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/102010935@N06/


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:48 am 
Retro Guru

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The 'club' cutout in the lugs and the Italian bottom bracket, plus Columbus tubes, all suggest Colnago.

However, Colnago's also usually had a similar cutout or pantographing on the bottom bracket.

Any sign of a serial number anywhere? Sometimes on one of the rear drop outs...

Have a look here for more tips on identifying Colnagos:

http://saarf.net/2013/02/19/how-to-spot-a-fake-colnago/

Good luck,

Johnny


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:29 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks Johnny.

To be honest I was hoping someone was going to say the 'C' word but know it is a minefield due to different frame builders they used and the lack of reliable coding. There are no numbers on the frame anywhere. Many thanks for your reply and your link. Do I dare put a colnago transfer on it if I confirm it is one? All the kit that came with it was 70's campagnolo.

Jem


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:31 pm 
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As an extra point, the finishing of the seat stays at the seat tube cluster is also typical Colnago (although not unique to them).

Maybe (as a wild guess) this is a Colnago Sport - I think Colnago made these as a more affordable mass market model in ther 1970s.

As for decals and stuff, I can't see why you couldn't put some Colnago stickers on it as long as you're not planning to sell the frame.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:56 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks again. Many of the frame details like this one

http://www.foxgalleria.com/bici/sport/index.html

http://www.foxgalleria.com/bici/sport/index.html

except the lack of club lug on this one. I;ll dig some more but thanks for the starting point and a fair stab at a wild guess

Thanks for your time and knowledge. Jem


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:08 pm 
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Does the frame have 3 brazed on cable guides on the top tube? Not sure if many Colnago's had 3, they usually had only 2.

Shaun


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:56 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Three , like this one. Thanks for your help, any other thoughts greatly accepted.

Jem

http://www.foxgalleria.com/bici/sport/index.html


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