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 Post subject: Shed Find!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:20 pm 
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Story and spec below, some photos here:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set= ... 9537911846

Story: I've been collecting bikes for a couple of years now, but never had
a 'proper' shed find until this weekend. We went to stay at a holiday home
in the Ardennes owned by some people we know. I went for a poke round in the cellar, and this was what I found, under the usual grease and cobwebs.

A nervous phone call to the owners of the house revealed that it was bought among a load of other bikes in an attempt to get his kids interested in cycling, but they never used them, so it was for sale. €75 changed hands, and now I have a proper Colnago in my fleet. I will clean it up and hopefully ride it in the Retro RVV and maybe even l'Eroica.

The bicycle comes from Georges Pintens' shop in Antwerp. Pintens was an ex-pro who had a shop, but there is no sign of it anymore.

As you can see below, the mix of components is slightly odd, but good. The pedals look like track pedals.
The geometry of the frame is also strange: a 53cm seat tube, but a very high BB (28 cm), so the frame actually just about fits me. Maybe the geometry is suited for riding criteriums? Any thoughts?
Oh, and does anyone recognise the stickers on the rims from the photos?

Year: Not sure. RD is Pat 70, cranks seem to be '76, and there seems to be '72 stamped on the BB shell.

Any suggestions on a more precise age, or on the geometry, or anything else, welcome.

Thanks for looking, Johnny

Frame (frame & forks): Colnago Super
Tubing: Columbus. Takes 27.2 seatpost.
Size: 53cm ST with stand over height of 80cm

Headset: Campagnolo
Stem: Cinelli 1A, pantographed 'Georges Pintens'
Handlebars: Cinelli Giro D'Italia
Bar Tape: Horrible splash stuff

Brakes: Campagnolo Record, lever hoods are Dia Compe, which don't quite fit

Gear levers: Campagnolo
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record Clamp on
Rear Derailleur: Drilled Nuovo Record

Cranks: Dura Ace
Chainrings: Dura Ace 52-42
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo
Pedals: Zeus (Track?)
Clips: Christophe with Lapize straps
Freewheel: Maillard Course - 13-18. Hard-man's block.
Chain: ?

Rims: ?
Hubs: Campagnolo Record
Tubulars: Decathlon tubulars, plus a spare from Wolber
Nipples: Two
Spokes: Rusty

Saddle: Colnago
Seatpost: Campagnolo 27.2, with Olmo Pantograph
Seat Bolt: Simplex

Bottle Cage: Later addition


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:21 pm 
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:( The only shed find I ever had was a pile of crap and the guy thought it was worth a fortune :(

Great find, even though you do make me sick :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:02 pm 
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As shed finds go they don't get much better!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:45 am 
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WOO HOO! for you. My goodness that is an amazing find, I have got to look into some more sheds I guess.
Are you going to L'Eroica this October? I will be there!

Congratulations again, I am green with envy.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:44 am 
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Needs work but what a great find.

... and my size too. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:26 am 
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Wowzers


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:45 pm 
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:evil: lucky son of................. nice find happy for you they nice bikes to get one older so nice lol


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:49 pm 
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Hello all,

Thanks for the replies. Already started on cleaning it up, and most
of the parts have come up pretty nicely so far.

Missed the registration for this year's Eroica, so it will have to be next
year, hopefully.

I am getting married in July next year, and am going to try to convince
people to ride the Retro RVV as a sort of Stag do, using some of the bikes
from my collection. Beats getting p1ssed in Prague, I reckon 8)

Johnny


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:19 pm 
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You are a lucky boy. That's the stuff of old farts dreams.


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 Post subject: Rims
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:34 pm 
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Looorvely!! The God's were a'smiling! The rims methinks are 'Nisi':

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/Nisi_rims.htm


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