I have an old Cinelli SC that my dad gave me in 1968. I have loved this bike ever since, but never dug into its history as deeply as I want to do now. It was a used bike at the time, but a very good one. It was purchased from Oscar Wastyn in Chicago, at the same time my dad bought his 1964 Paramount (since restored by me and given to one of my sons). At any rate, the Cinelli was "full Campy", yet it was a used bike. I wonder if the bikes were fully assembled by Cinelli, using parts available, or if they were framesets imported and assembled by pro bike shops. I guess the reason I have to wonder is that some of the components are not consistent with what I have found on the internet. Obviously the frame is correct, but I'm unsure of the exact yer of manufacture. The fork is correct, and (I must assume) original to the bike. It has a 1st generation Record RD and FD, Record hubs, headset, cranks, Regina Extra freewheel, Brampton chain (France), Campy pedals with Christophe clips and white leather straps, Campy seatpost, cable guides and clips, shifters. Universal Mod 61 brake in the back, Weinmann Vainqeur 999 in the front (I changed the front brake to a period correct Universal a year or two ago). Universal brake levers with DiaCompe gum hoods, original ribbed grey cable housings. It has no braze-ons, all clamps. Cinelli bars look right, the stem looks similar to an ADA, but no markings on it that I know about. It came with Tubulars (I don't know the make- I was young), but my dad had our hubs fitted with Weinmann concave hoops and clinchers around 1975 or 76. They work great, and I use them when I want to run clinchers, but have since bought a second wheelset and run 21,, tubulars with a 6 speed freewheel most of the time. I also upgraded to a Nuovo Record RD last summer while trying to track down a click in the drivetrain. It turned out to be a click in a peday, but I haven't yet found the time/inclination to swap the original back on there. Maybe over the winter. At least it's still rolling great..
The decals were screwed up when I got the bike, as most of them were (I was told that the bikes were shipped over on a boat, and the guys loading the boats would grab the bikes by the tubes, thus messing up the freshly applied decals in combination with the moisture of the sea). The downtube decals are long gone, but most of the seat tube decals are still there.. The paint is terrible, much of it is gone, but I'm not sure if I want to change it. Most people would look at the bike and think "What an old piece of junk". Since I ride it all the time, it seems less likely to be stolen this way, as opposed to a refinished, re-decaled showstopper. It's a great bike, an old friend. I would hate to lose it for many reasons, so it will stay beautiful in its own unsightly way..
I guess I wonder if the stem is original, if Cinelli would have substituted a Weinmann front brake as opposed to Universal (to match the rear brake) in the event of a shortage, or if the bike had had some parts swapped out before it was mine.. I would also be interested in knowing the manufacturing date. I'll go take pics and try to post some in a few minutes. Hope you can shed some light on it.
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