80's Colnago project

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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby lunar_c » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:40 pm

Sorry you had to take an RDO to unpack it mate but I wanted it to get there safe and sound ;)

I was planning to send it to star enamelers as soon as I finished my degree for a full restoration and to get the stays re-chromed (they were painted over, the bubbling was because of the chrome underneath, it's tricky getting paint to etch onto chrome) so I don't think it's foolish. It's a really nice frame, if only it was my size I would've kept it!

I can't wait to see what you come up with ..

Can I put a vote in for that metallic light blue the sprints and super sprints also came in? That's what I was going to go for!

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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby humanbeing » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:50 pm

Cheers Ben,
I'm very excited about the frame. Blue looks good but I'm sure red is faster.
Patience is required since the chroming will take 4-8 weeks and Star Enamellers have a considerable lead time too :shock:
Any time can be used working out exactly what I'm going to do with the bike.
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby munga » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:58 pm

that's Zabel blue

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Zabel

go nuts - it's a colnago!
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby lunar_c » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:38 pm

Munga has a point there..

Your Bozevski build really inspired me and made me want to put Athena 11 speed on that bike.. and the alloy athena/veloce looks very nice against the classic campy and cinelli bits.. hint hint ..

I'm itching to start my next build now!
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby humanbeing » Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:00 am

I'll be putting alloy Athena on the frame no question. I'm extremely happy with the gruppo on the Bosevski.
The biggest/hardest decision is the colour. I've been scouring the web and there are lots of options for late 80's Colnago's.
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby lunar_c » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:29 am

The blue with chrome stays/fork and polished alloy and the crisp black and white Colnago decals with the coloured bands in the logo's on the head tube etc.. that's just got to look good, no question. Of course then I'll want the bike back..and it still won't fit :(
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby bpmhigh » Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:36 pm

Black...?

http://superbbicycle.com/wp-content/upl ... uper-1.jpg
http://renaissancebicycles.com/images/c ... -black.jpg

My frame landed in Australia this week from eBay USA - mid 80's Colnago International, size 60 in Pearl White - Extremely pre-loved but straight and the chrome just needs some TLC.

Will refinish it so have been playing the "which colour?" game as well. Black with gumwalls is winning at the moment.
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby humanbeing » Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:19 pm

Mmm, liking the black
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby humanbeing » Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:48 am

The frame safely arrived at the electroplaters so I'm trying to find a groovy paint scheme for the bike.
This one is very close to how it had been repainted:
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This the Zabel blue but it's a Master and this scheme might not be appropriate for a Super Sprint if I'm worrying about being correct:
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I like black too:
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And red:
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Opinions are welcome,
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby lunar_c » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:10 am

I reckon the red, simple and tasteful! Or painted the same but in Zabel blue originally for the Super Sprint it was done in the same scheme/decals.
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:20 pm

First one, the red with the yellow flash on the downtube does it for me Peter, don't ask me why, just a gut thing. Any of those liveries look sweet.

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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby lunar_c » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:07 pm

What happened to my old Colnago human being? I've been looking forward to seeing it freshly painted!
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby humanbeing » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:22 pm

Watch this space.
Patience :)
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby humanbeing » Fri May 31, 2013 9:06 pm

Done :lol:

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Spent the afternoon putting it together, that's what a day off should be for :D
More photos and blurb to follow.
Have a great ride,
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby find_bruce » Fri May 31, 2013 9:21 pm

Doesn't look like any of the options you were considering Peter, but it looks gorgeous all the same.
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby rkelsen » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:32 am

humanbeing wrote:Done :lol:

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Spent the afternoon putting it together, that's what a day off should be for :D

Awww Yeeeeaaaahhh!

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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby humanbeing » Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:00 pm

rkelsen wrote:
humanbeing wrote:Done :lol:

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Spent the afternoon putting it together, that's what a day off should be for :D

Awww Yeeeeaaaahhh!

8) 8) 8)


Cheers :)
Very happy with the way it's turned out.
Twas a bit of a saga, turned out the seat stays were rusted and not safe so Pete Bundy replaced them for me and did a fantastic job retaining the engraved "Colnago" at the tops of the stays, you cannot tell there was ever an issue.
Chrome by Electroplating Technology which is outstanding and paint by Peter Fleming at Star Enamellers.
The frame looks like new, I was stoked when I picked it up to say the least.
Pete Bundy fitted the Record headset and built the wheels for me - Record hubs laced to Open Pro rims.
Good condition used 2nd Generation Super Record gruppo and Regina CX 13-23,6 speed cluster
Phil Wood bottom bracket
New Cinelli Giro D'Italia bars and 1A stem
Used fluted Record 27.2 seat post
NOS Yellow Rolls saddle
Selle San Marco Bar tape
Panaracer Pasela tyres
6 speed and friction shifting is a bit of a shock. I've got a 12-17 cluster on the way so I'll try that out on flatter rides.
Have a great ride,
Peter

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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby Dan » Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:07 pm

Looks wonderful, Peter. A great resto.
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby singlespeedscott » Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:22 pm

humanbeing wrote:
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That does look nice.

I think it deserves some nice Italian shoes though.

The Pasela's are tough but they don't ride the best. I've been using Veloflex masters and they are awesome. Plus the tan sidewalls have that "look at me" appeal.

The best prices are on the Ribble cycles web site:

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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby humanbeing » Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:41 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:That does look nice.

I think it deserves some nice Italian shoes though.

The Pasela's are tough but they don't ride the best. I've been using Veloflex masters and they are awesome. Plus the tan sidewalls have that "look at me" appeal.

The best prices are on the Ribble cycles web site:

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-t ... elxtyrf300


I have tried Veloflex Masters (see my Jim Bundy build) and they are brilliant looking and feel fantastic on the road however they just can't last on Sydney roads without being cut to shreds and having multiple punctures.
I'm prepared to sacrifice a bit of ride quality for the look and durability :D
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby singlespeedscott » Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:48 pm

Strange I am yet to suffer a puncture with mine (touch wood). I have ridden them in the crappest of conditions lately and nothing untoward has happened. I run them pretty soft though. 75psi front and 95 rear. I think low pressure is the key for reduced flats and improved grip.
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby humanbeing » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:00 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:Strange I am yet to suffer a puncture with mine (touch wood). I have ridden them in the crappest of conditions lately and nothing untoward has happened. I run them pretty soft though. 75psi front and 95 rear. I think low pressure is the key for reduced flats and improved grip.


I'm a well known puncture magnet :shock:
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby GaryF » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:09 pm

Your Colnago really does look marvellous. Such a great deal of effort but it was worth it. Such a well balanced visual appeal. It would have me craning my neck looking at it if you passed me out on a ride.
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby humanbeing » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:46 pm

Thanks for the complements :D

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The rain let up this afternoon and I took the bike for a quick spin out to La Perouse.
Then it bucketed down :lol:
Fantastic bike to ride, I'm hoping to take it out tomorrow for a longer spin.
Have a great ride,
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Re: 80's Colnago project

Postby lunar_c » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:00 pm

Geez it's beautiful mate!

I can't believe those seat stays were rusted through.. There was that tiny bit of bubbling around the drain holes that I let you know about when you bought the frame but I never figured it was proper rust and I thought it all looked good hen you stripped off the old paint!

This was a frame I was riding in ANGER before I sold it to you because it wasn't quite big enough, there was a few butterflies in my tummy when I read that the stays were stuffed!!!

I'm glad it all worked out mate, it's a really nice job you've done.

I'm riding a classic Reynolds tubing 80's peugeot now in my size (60-62) so we're all happy ;)
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