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    Help Needed on identifying an Old Colnago ....

    Hi All,

    I have an old Colnago Racer which I bought from Denton Cycles in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1988-1989 or thereabouts ... it was showcased in their main window and was second hand at the time. I remeber it was very expensive for me back then ... I had torn my collateral ligament and had to have it re-pinned back in 1986 and was told I could'nt easily go back to "running" but cycling would help. I had sold my car in 1986 and bought a good Tourer and after 2 years of constant cycling fancied a racer to see if I could get into cycling aside from the general "commuting" I did with the tourer. So I decided to get a good one.

    The bike has the cloverleaf Columbus frame and forks .... the forks were chromed and the frame was done in a cherry red colour with a chromed area on the chain stay side of the rear triangle. The Group set is Campag Super Record which has the "clubs" shape of colnago cut into the chain rings and seems a matching group set for the bike ... as the pedal clips also have matching "club" shaped decal. The stickers are original and say
    "Record Ora" then blow that "Mexico" and below that "1972" in the down tube Colnago sticker which is just below the sticker for the Columbus tubing ... it came with a white seat with the Colnago decal on the back , and matching white tape handle bars which may have been replaced from the original ones as these are 3TTT and might have been done to fit me IIRC ....

    Gear levers are on the down tube and have the clover leaf decal etc and the Colnago water bottle cage has the same clover leaf/clubs shape cut into it. Brake levers are all Campag and again have the same clover leaf decal ... as does the lug area on the fork and on the bottom bracket ...

    The wheel hubs are Campag and the only thing I change here was the original "tubs" rims were replaced with Mavic HP rims so I could deal with punctures more easily ... I still have the old tubs rims though somewhere ... again I think these were Mavic's ....

    The bike needs a bit of TLC to get it back to looking it's best ... the front forks could do with re-chroming and the part chrome on the chainstay may also need it but might simply clean up ...

    It has been with me for around 23 years and has seen little use ... I would like to perhaps restore it and wonder if you could recommend anyone for the task ?

    I live in the High Peak area between Sheffield and Glossop ...

    Has the bike any intrinsic value to a collector given the original paint work and that with a small amount of work it could probably be brought back to what I would call "excellent" condition for a bike of it's age. There is no rust issues ... just "crud" amounting on it from being stored. Cables would need doing and the wheels truing but it would clean up nicely.

    If you can help identify the "model" that would help me .... and generally give an idea as to whether these are collected that would also help ... I have come across a collector in the USA who was "very keen" as we are around the same age and he used to race Colnago's and these "era" of bikes he likes to collect to replace the originals he raced.

    Photo's would obviously be a benefit but if this info can work with those who know the brand so well I would be grateful. I will need to learn the posting a pic stuff if that has to be done.

    Many thanks in advance for those who can help.

    Pete.

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    Photos would definitely help.

    A couple questions. Are the dropouts Campagnolo or Colnago? Are the seatstays labeled Colnago or plain? What is the date code on the rear derailleur? Also there is a date code on the crank arms.

    These might give you a better idea of the approximate year of the bicycle.

    Sounds to me like you have a pretty nice pantographed Super or Mexico. A description of the downtube decals might help as well.

    Like I mentioned, pics would help.

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    The drop outs are Campagnolo and the seat post is Campagnolo and the seat stays if they are the rear triangle parts joining the down tube by the seat ... they say Colnago ... the date code on the rear derailleur says PAT 82 ... if you look at the post by a guy earlier from Luxemberg wanting to identify a Colnago ... the pic's of his bike are similar to mine but the derailluer is a different model and mine have the colnago decals on the brake levers .... and ofcourse his bike is blue and mine is cherry red ... and mine appears to have a factory added water bottle carrier with matching decals ...

    Here is a link to his thread ... http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-Colnago-worth

    My guess is mine is made in 1982 and may be a slightly higher spec'ed model ...
    or at least has one or two extra bits added ...
    Last edited by Peter Wilson; 03-03-11 at 07:01 PM.

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    nice looking bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Wilson View Post

    My guess is mine is made in 1982 and may be a slightly higher spec'ed model ...
    or at least has one or two extra bits added ...
    Makes sense - assuming you have the semi-sloping crown and not the full-sloping one. The fact that it has Campagnolo dropouts from that era is interesting. Photos would definitely help. To answer your earlier question - yes, it's collectible. To tell you the model, it's probably either a Super or a Mexico - there wasn't a whole lot of difference between the two during that era, frame-wise, though some Mexicos were tarted up and definitely nicer - mainly based on the parts.

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    Thanks for all the help everyone ... I will make a journey back up to the North East to search out the old Tubs rims which it came with and clean it up as best I can and try and get some pic's done and take it from there ...

    I found over the Internet that a Colnago dealer James Cycles is in Sheffield which is not far from me ... I might pop it into there to get it checked if I cannot get the pic's done ... and also gather I can send the frame number into Colnago and they are helpful in that respect too.

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