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 Post subject: Another Colnago!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:53 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:07 pm
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Location: Ireland
Hi,

First post, but been lurking for a while. I've been on the lookout for nice classic Italian road frame (Colnago, Ciocc, Gios etc.) for a while in my size (60). A few months ago I spotted a tatty but basically sound Colnago Super on Evilbay. Pics to follow


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:54 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Ireland
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Managed to win the auction and immediately got in touch with Argos regarding the resto. I was torn between going for Saronni red and keeping it the original blue, but eventually decided on the latter. The forks and seat stay also needed re-chroming and in a moment of madness I decided to go for the extravagance of chroming the head tube lugs. I supplied the decals, from Cyclomondo

In the meantime the hunt for a nice Super Record group and appropriate finishing kit began:

Panto'd NOS Colnago Super Record Seatpost from eBay, way too expensive!

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Panto NOS Colnago stem from http://defietsenmaker.nl/ for a decent price. Would have preferred silver but seen a couple go for silly money on eBay

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Nice condition Nuovo Record cranks from eBay, with the big chainring swapped out for a reproduction Panto one from Cyclomondo

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Set of very nice Super Record mechs and shifters from eBay

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Good condition SR levers from eBay, but with nice NOS hoods De Fietsenmaker

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Large flange SR hubs from eBay

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I don't like most 80's saddles so will go with a Brooks Swift, and will also be using Brooks black leather bar tape

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I've also picked up various small items (mostly NOS) such as stainless steel rear mech cables, drop out adjusters, seat post binder etc. Still on the hunt for nice rims and bars.

So after a couple of months Argos have finished the frame (it's the chroming that takes ages) and should arrive in the next couple of days so I can start building her up. Very excited! :)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:05 pm 
The Guv'nor
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Look forward to seeing the results from Argos :)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:47 pm 
Retro Guru

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Looks like a great project. I am in the middle of scaring myself with the silly prices you've got to pay on ebay for the 'right' stuff :shock:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:06 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Yes, eBay can be a very scary place especially for the rarer stuff. It's definitely worth regularly scouring the stock lists of the various shops on the internet, the prices seem more reasonable. For example i recently saw the same stem on eBay go for more than twice what i paid.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:01 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Got sent a photo of the finished article by Argos:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:07 pm 
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Wow that looks nice ! :shock:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:05 pm 
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Location: London
Looks great....going to follow this.

Only thing I would change is your saddle


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:24 pm 
Retro Guru

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blacka01 wrote:
Yes, eBay can be a very scary place especially for the rarer stuff. It's definitely worth regularly scouring the stock lists of the various shops on the internet, the prices seem more reasonable. For example i recently saw the same stem on eBay go for more than twice what i paid.


True, I bought a NOS 3TTT stem from a british mail order company after doing a google search. It is a genuine '95 part and I paid £9.99 ! £25+ on ebay !! They also had nos 3TTT ergo bars for the same price - £72 on ebay !!

The frame looks lovely by the way, keep us updated 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:29 pm 
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wow! :shock: what a great restoration job!
I used bob jackson to "restore" a Dave Russell i had - the quality and attention to detail was very poor.
i would love to know how much it cost you! :wink:


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