Project Colnago Master - "The Italian Job"
*Edited-2006/10/06* Added a Recent Completed Photo
Hello Folks, Well I was going to wait until I got the frame, but I could not contain myself when the first parts of my new Project "The Italian Job" arrived.
It was a Bianchi catalog I received back in the late 70s where it was full of Celeste beauties built up with Campagnolo Super Record, Record and Nouvo Record that started it all. I remember fondly drooling over those bikes, much like the A-typical young boy that discovered his father's Playboy magazine collection for the first time :lol:
Italian bicycles have always symbolized Bicycle racing and the heritage of racing to me, as such I have always wanted a full Campagnolo C-Record Equipped Italian bicycle since as far back as I could remember, a classic Italian bicycle, or even a newer full Italian bicycle. I suppose it would be pretty easy as all I would have to do is shed the Litespeed frame and move all the parts from it to an Italian frame (and I have though of this many a time) however that would be too easy, and I'm not quite ready to give up the Litespeed.
So I got a good deal on a Steel 1982 Colnago Master, said to be in excellent to perfect condition. The only thing is the fork is from a newer Colnago, as such is a straight Chrome unit. I have started to collect parts for it's build up but as I research it's build, I find I'm waffling in it's construction and would like to build it with newer parts in the shifting and speed department. As much as I would like a full C-Record Bike, I don't look forward to the lack of performance in the brakes, or in the 6-7 speed only cassette. With the bike built up like this I would only be able to ride it with the "B" Group rides, and could not hope to keep up to the "A" Group riders. This got me thinking I would like it to me more a modern classic bike, using Classic Cues, however updated parts, much like today's refined Hot Rod cars with disc brakes, fuel injection and electronic ignition...etc.
Time will tell to the direction and progression of this project, as I'm in no hurry and sourcing the parts may take a while. I must say as much as I wanted a classic, a Modern day classic with Aluminum 10 speed Chorus/Record appeals to me as well.
Here is the first stake in the ground for the Project. It is a Campagnolo C-Record Crank Set from the 80's. It has the Campagnolo shield engraved rather than screen printed on, apparently it was only made like this for 1 year. It has build in Campagnolo crank pullers, that were more common on bikes back then. I have an old 70's Shimano 600 bike that had the same style of pullers.
To me the C-Record Crank stands out as the most recognizable and most beautiful crank set ever made, however that is just my opinion. The reason why I did not buy a C-record equipped bike back then was it's performance really was behind Shimano Dura Ace/600/105 at the time. My Heart wanted Campagnolo, but my brain told me other wise. Today it will not matter as it is intended to be just a fun bike to build, own and ride around on slow days.
I'll post pictures of the frame once I get it and the project as I progress. If you guys have any suggestions or have leads to parts, please let me know
*Edit* Added a few Frame Pictures