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    OK, looking for some ancient Cinelli info

    Howdy!

    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.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this little book.
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    Sounds like a great bike. I enjoyed the read, but a picture says a thousand words! Dating Cinelli's to the exact year is very difficult, but at least you have 1968 as a guide. If the hubs are original there may be a date code on the lock-nuts, which would help narrow it down for you. There are also some other indicators such as oiler ports in the bb, holes or lack thereof in the lugs etc. that can be good guides. The Universal Model 61's would have been original, the Weinmann would not. The hoods on the levers are replacements. The chain would have been a Regina, but chains are components that get changed pretty regularly as they wear. The stem would have been a Cinelli, I would expect steel from that vintage. Are you sure the little Cinelli Milano engraving hasn't just worn off? Everything else sounds correct.

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    19 pics at the link below.. along with misc. hundreds of other stuff.. sorry.

    http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y168/dabluzeguy/

    Thanks for the reply! I hope I covered enough detail.. The wheels are currently on my '72 Paramount, hanging deep in the garage. I'll try to dig them out soon, but it's getting to be a busy day today..

    Here's the bike, it needs a good bath. I haven't ridden it for at least an hour...



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    Nice bike. With both of the oiler holes and the components, I'd say the 1964 date of the Parmount would be just about right for the Cinelli. The stem is not a Cinelli but an aluminum or steel would be OK. Cinelli made aluminum stems starting in 1960.

    Do not repaint, it is fine, just needs a good cleaning.

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    I'd say early 60's as well. Check the front derailleur, is the cable stop split or solid where the cable housing goes in? The earlier ones were solid. Might be the best clues as I do not think the hubs are original to the bike.

    I would not paint it either. I have a very similar ealy 60's SC with lots of "age wear", but it still looks great.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/5461623...7626242903275/

    Mine is mostly "period correct", although it would not have had the sidepull calipers and I used a modern Nitto steel handlebar to fit the old Cinelli steel stem.

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    Thanks!

    The hubs are definitely not original to this bike, I put these on to ride my tubulars.. These are Tipo hubs laced to Fiamme Red Labels. The originals are on another bike right now, fairly inaccessible at the moment. They are Record hubs with the little metal oil hole covers.
    Here's the split cable stop


    I'm not sure if the serial number is significant or not so much..
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    Cinelli serial numbers are completely random prior to 1980.

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    Beautiful bike! I wouldn't repaint it, it just needs a good cleaning and waxing. Replacement decals are readily available. It's hard to say what's been switched out over time. Did Record front derailleurs even exist in 1962? I was expecting Gran Sport. Also the BB cable guide on mine has the little tube through it - the earlier type which I would have expected as well. Personally I would throw a Cinelli stem on there, it being a Cinelli and all. Also when did the "Wolf Ears" disappear from the lugs? Yours does not have them. What's the BCD on those cranks? Anyway it looks like you're riding it and enjoying it, which is what it's all about, it's awesome.

    But... lose the kickstand!
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    Quote Originally Posted by devinfan View Post
    Beautiful bike! I wouldn't repaint it, it just needs a good cleaning and waxing. Replacement decals are readily available. It's hard to say what's been switched out over time. Did Record front derailleurs even exist in 1962? I was expecting Gran Sport. Also the BB cable guide on mine has the little tube through it - the earlier type which I would have expected as well. Personally I would throw a Cinelli stem on there, it being a Cinelli and all. Also when did the "Wolf Ears" disappear from the lugs? Yours does not have them. What's the BCD on those cranks? Anyway it looks like you're riding it and enjoying it, which is what it's all about, it's awesome.

    But... lose the kickstand!
    Record front was available in '60-'61 I believe, Record rear about '63. I think IAB is right on the money with a '64 estimate on this one. "Wolf Ear" lugs were out by '60 or earlier. Of course I always figure +/- a couple of years and never say "always" when discussing older Italian racing bikes and parts. Having to know an exact year of something is not important to me, and I'm sure it was not important to the people who made, sold, and raced these bikes in the day.

    And yes, loose the kickstand!!

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    That's a beautiful, and dirty, bike Rich. What a family treasure. If bikes could talk, I'm sure that one would tell us much more than your great story so far. Clean that beauty up carefully, ditch that stem and kick stand and source a few more original parts and you're in like Flynn. Wonderful machine. Thanks for showing us.
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    Very nice bike!
    Pass the Dutchie on the non-drive side.
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    I am not positive, but I believe Cinelli sold frame sets, not complete bikes. If so, the previous owner(s) is/are likely responsible for the component choices and some of the anomolies (e.g. one Universal brake, one Weinmann brakes).

    In any event, thanks for sharing the pics and the story. It's good to know that this old warhorse has been well-loved almost all of its life.
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    Thanks for the replies. I always thought it was about a '62-'64 bike with some replaced items on it.. Your input is helping me cement my convictions. It's one of those bikes that will stay with me to the grave, then one of my kids or grandkids will get it. My dad has been trying to talk me into trading for his 1964 Paramount for over 40 years, but I never did. Now he finally had to quit riding his Paramount (he's 81) so it went to my oldest son. I had the pleasure of tearing it completely apart, and restoring it to original (with a few period correct upgrades). That's another long story, best left for another thread sometime.
    I've been so busy working on other bikes that I have neglected the Cinelli this season, and now that I have had a look at it I'm appalled with the filth that has accumulated on it. Typically, my bikes are clean enough to eat off of. This one has been hanging on a hook all summer. Guess I had better get it on the list for a bath real soon..

    I raced this bike from 1968 through about 1971, then stopped racing in favor of girls, and all the other vices that came along at age 16 in the early 70's. Now I've come full circle, and appreciate riding for the challenges, the scenery, and the solitude. Riding this particular bike brings me to a different state of mind- a different time- and there are so many memories of riding it over the years that another, more modern bike may be better technically, but will never rival this one.

    The kickstand went on it when I let my son use it when he was in the eighth grade. I didn't want it to get beat up from being tossed around.. I know it's sacrilege, but it stays. I have plenty of other bikes sans kickstands.

    Again, thanks for confirming my thoughts. I'll get a few more pics of it after it gets cleaned, and I put the original wheels on it.

    As far as decals go, I'm torn on the idea. I would love to have the name on there again, but am a little paranoid about theft is I advertise what it really is.
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    I'd like to see the bike in person. I usually organize a vintage ride out of Crystal Lake in the spring. Hopefully you can make it next year. Then again, I was thinking about a possible fall ride too ...

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    Only reason I think we're concerned about the kick stand Rich is they have a tendency to damage chain stays. And those are very valuable chain stays. As for the decals, your choice of course but as far as theft goes, I would say there's no mistaking that bike, even without complete signage. Your dad only quit riding his Paramount because he's 81 ? What a guy!
    Great to see a true vintage classic here.

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    Oh man, that's SUCH a nice bike!
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    It's raining rare bikes. Not here though.. such a nice bike.
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    Well, Thanks again.

    The Crystal Lake ride is something I would def be up for, Fall, Spring, whenever. I just did the Harmon Hundred a couple of weeks ago, (well, 75 miles of it anyway..), and I didn't ride this one.. the gearing is a little too high for me to cope with some of those hills. Last year I rode my Dawes Galaxy on that ride, and it almost did me in. This year I built up a Motobecane frame with 18 speeds and it was much better. Maybe the Cinelli next year, after another summer of preparation.

    I guess I understand the kickstand thing. I've seen too many chainstays crushed by the clamps by some bonehead with big muscles. I'll take it off and inspect it when I clean up the bike, and decide at that time. I do appreciate the concern, just the same. My son tried real hard to get me to put a kickstand on my dad's Paramount, but I refused. Same reason. I don't have one on my Motobecane, my Paramount, my Bottecchia, my Bridgestone, my track bike, or any of my other nice bikes.. Wow.. too many good ones.. I'm a little OCD.

    My dad moved to Vienna, Austria about 25 years ago, and took his bike and violin with him. He has spent the last few years traveling with his second wife, riding his bikes, and playing classical music. Not a bad way to go.. He had to give up the Paramount, as it is too hard for him to get on and off of it now. He bought a Giant step-through electric assist bike, but it is too heavy for him, and he has had a number of spills. His wife told him to sell it and quit riding. I told him to sell it and get a lightweight mixte, like a Peugeot, that he can handle- and keep on riding. If he can still enjoy it, I think he should. I think it will either keep him in better shape or do him in. Either way, it's on his own terms. I guess he's bike shopping now... LOL

    Again, I do appreciate the kind and helpful replies.
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    [QUOTE=rich rice;13270007

    My dad moved to Vienna, Austria about 25 years ago, and took his bike and violin with him.
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    I love it !

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    I would guess early 60's too due to the bottom bracket oil port. The missing Cinelli on the down tube was more likely due to an error of a mechanic clamping the bike in a Schwinn workstand. These bikes were shipped not in containers but boxes or crates, probably a crate with other bikes of the same order. At the time transfers were not clear coated over so damaging or removal was not that difficult. Front derailleur is not the very early unit but consistent with 1963-1964 due to the cable stop. the cable guide near the bottom bracket is not correct, the original got changed out. The cranks got changed out too, Campagnolo cranks of the day used a 151 mm bolt hole circle, these are 144, but the later cranks do allow a 42t inner ring, it was a common change if one had the coin. The stem was probably changed out, a "racer" bike shop such as where this bike was purchased from would fit the bike to the client. Seat might also be a later change, but not much later, before '68 or a that time. Who knows about the brakes, Universals had a bad rep for a while primarily due to the hard pads even when new, and if a mechanic had tried to toe the brake in to stop noise, could easily have broken an alloy arm.

    I would not refinish it but conserve what is there, and only replace the downtube transfer with a varnish fix type. Rebuild it.

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    Thanks for your assessment. I am not familiar with varnish fix type transfers, are they readily available? I've seen early Cinelli repros on ebay, but have remained undecided about putting anything "replica" on the bike, besides my aforementioned fear of calling attention to it. Seems many thieves would walk past it, thinking it was an old heap- but if they see the beautiful "CINELLI" on the downtube, well- they might not know bikes, but they might recognize the name and know it is valuable. I often choose a different bike to ride, due to the possibility of theft. I would love to have that cool lettering on there again.
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    How about a vintage ride on 08 Oct 11? A few of us down in the City were thinking about organizing a ride. You guys want to join us? My early 60s SC was repainted many moons ago (and not well). I'd leave yours just as it is (a little clean and polish not withstanding).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
    That's a beautiful, and dirty, bike Rich. What a family treasure. If bikes could talk, I'm sure that one would tell us much more than you're great story so far. Clean that beauty up carefully, ditch that stem and kick stand and source a few more original parts and you're in like Flynn. Wonderful machine. Thanks for showing us.
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bibliobob View Post
    How about a vintage ride on 08 Oct 11? A few of us down in the City were thinking about organizing a ride. You guys want to join us? My early 60s SC was repainted many moons ago (and not well). I'd leave yours just as it is (a little clean and polish not withstanding).

    Nice!
    Thanks for the invitation! I'm very up for rides, and would enjoy that. I am currently waiting for a call from my daughter, though, who is about to have a baby.. The bus is driving itself right now, and I'm afraid to make any plans. Her due date is Sunday, and her doctor told her it could come at any time. I'll refer back to this thread as soon as I know something, but I hve a feeling the next few weeks are going to be insane. This will be our first grandchild, so I'm not sure what to expect yet.
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    Good fortune with the new grand child grandpa! As for the transfer/decal question, I can sympathize with your concerns. If that bike was mine, I'd be afraid to lock it up or leave it anywhere. I wouldn't take my eyes off it. City riding and lock up? That's what the Bottecchia is for

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