How to Restore a Colnago
This bike has been in storage for about 20 years. I inherited the bike from my father who was an avid cyclist.Recently dusted it off to use it as a recreational bike instead of my stationary bike. No intentions of doing long road treks. I even thought about selling it.
In my search for a few parts that I needed and from the forums I've been reading, restoring the bike will bring up it's value if and when I decide to sell it. And it will just make the bike more attractive when I do bring it out on the road.
I have decided to repaint it again, it was repainted the original color(?) in the 80's, and my father could not find decals in this part of the world back then. Totally different story now.
It has been suggested to be a 1983 or newer Nuovo Mexico with a mix of Campy components. Am currently sourcing a Campy front hub and Quick release skewers to replace non Campy bits on the bike as well as decals.
Any other suggestions would be most welcome.
Looks like you are on the right track. I think sticking with Campy parts is the way to go. I would change both hubs though. The rear hub probably has pressed cups and is not as good as the Record hubs with the ground steel cups. You need to look for a set of wheels with Record hubs. The record hubs have a centrally located oil hole with a black 'C' cover, covering the oil/grease hole. The front brake calliper has a non-Campy barrel adjuster too (but real ones can be difficult to source).
Other features are great. Looks like a TA bottle cage, Cinelli bars and stem and is that a Concor saddle I see? All great period parts.
The Campy components are a mix of Nuovo Record and Super Record but that was common when guys built up their own bikes.
With a set of Cyclemondo decals it will look great.
Best of luck with your project,
Last edited by Gary Fountain; 08-15-09 at 10:00 PM.
How do you tell the difference between NR and SR components. Yes, it's a Concor saddle that I have put aside while looking for other parts. Am sourcing NR front and rear hubs with quick release. Should I change the crank to NR too? I cant tell them apart.
I think all your Campy components are Nuovo Record except the chainrings which are Super Record. Nuovo Record rings had another ring below the toothed ring. The crank arms are the same whether Nuovo or Super Record. If the headset is steel it is Nuovo Record. If the headset is alloy it is Super Record. The seatpost looks like a Nuovo Record post. They were a little hard to adjust but they were really strong. Brake Levers are Nuovo Record - the Super Record levers had a series of holes in the actual lever. The brake callipers were the same for both Nuovo Record and Super Record like the gear levers. The Bottom Bracket is probably Record which is top of the range. Front and rear derailleurs are Nuovo Record too.
I really like the look of the Nuovo Record gruppo. There is a weight difference and the rear derailleur is supposed to have less movement range but the differences are really minimal. Personally, I'd clean up all the components and put them back on the frame. I do think a new set of brake hoods are needed. The white ones seem to last a lot longer than the gum hoods.
Hubs - hubs were the same for both Nuovo and Super Record - they were called Record Hubs.
Last edited by Gary Fountain; 08-16-09 at 04:17 AM.
Is the frame tubing crimped?
If so - that would make it a little bit special.
As I relayed to the OP previously in another thread, it appears to have the "channels" in the tubing that indicate Colnago's first attempts at shaped tubing, hence the ID as a Nuovo Mexico.
Originally Posted by Gary Fountain
Both top and down tube are crimped. Am ordering the decals for the 80's Mexico from Cyclomondo. Will repaint Saronni Red and get proper Record hubs.
Will that do my frame justice?
Thank you for the input.
I think a Saronni-style repaint would do the bike justice, and also maximize value (though you may never recoup the investment should you choose to sell). You're using the white panel decal set, right?
Brakes and rear hub appear to be Nuovo Gran Sport. Nothing wrong with that, just a step down from Nuovo Record.
It should look great. I think you will have a wonderful bike that will turn heads. Your father certainly knew his bikes.
I have an 80's model Super that I am considering repainting in a Saronni paint scheme too.
Harder to find GS front only than a set of NR hubs.
Definitely the white panel decals. I'm using this link as my basis for the restoration.
Will post pictures when done. Many thanks and have a good ride.