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  1. sounds like a fairy tale; all chrome '60s Cinelli...

    sounds like a fairy tale; all chrome '60s Cinelli found in a load of construction trash! But that's the kind of fairy tale we all wish would come true for US! You hit the lottery, indeed, congrats....
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    Never seen that headbadge before, but that means...

    Never seen that headbadge before, but that means nothing. Clearly you have figured out the approximate era...I'm eager to hear what real Holdsworth experts have to say.
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    this has "rifling" only in the steerer (not the...

    this has "rifling" only in the steerer (not the "headtube" which never saw rifling in any of Columbus's offerings), so it's SL. Might be SP or a combo especially if it has a 27.0 seatpost. The...
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    never heard of that exact model of tubing, but it...

    never heard of that exact model of tubing, but it sounds like it might be something from Oria, who had a number of tubesets that used a combination of letters (usually 2) and numbers like MM1 and so...
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    see that brazed-on Italian flag? Another clue to...

    see that brazed-on Italian flag? Another clue to its origins: that was seen on Concordes, Ciocc and Conti frames, all thought to have been built by the Billato bros., and the occasional Guerciotti...
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    i always thought it was for allowing the bare...

    i always thought it was for allowing the bare frame to balance better on the BB shell and dropouts, since it almost equalizes with the RD hanger on the other DO. Anyhow, that's how it worked for me...
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    26.4 seat post: yes it's metric tubing. I think...

    26.4 seat post: yes it's metric tubing. I think this is a European model cause most of the Gitanes with Honeycomb DOs sold in the USA were Interclubs, and this is certainly a nicer model, and I was a...
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    It WAS a common paint technique in the '80s, if...

    It WAS a common paint technique in the '80s, if you spend too much time searching images on the internets you'll find at least a dozen (Mainly Italian) brands painted with this "grid"...
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    Perfectly nice Gitane with "honeycomb" dropouts...

    Perfectly nice Gitane with "honeycomb" dropouts so probably '84-'85? Some nice Simplex stuff but IS it metric tubing? if so you won't be able to use the HS/stem and the BB will be either BSC or FR...
  10. a sad day but we owe him a debt of gratitude and...

    a sad day but we owe him a debt of gratitude and Best Wishes for his happy retirement. Davidson cycles will continue but in a different location. I understand Bob is paring down his personal...
  11. I'd say let the paint cure for another few months...

    I'd say let the paint cure for another few months and then rub it out with first rubbing compound and then polishing compound. if it's super strok-ie maybe some careful wet-sanding with 600 paper...
  12. yes, I'd say "56" is the frame size, no idea how...

    yes, I'd say "56" is the frame size, no idea how to interpret the serial number or if that will tell you whether it's Italian-made, but since you're in Netherlands, probably a better chance of that...
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    SL (and SP) had NO rifling in any of the main...

    SL (and SP) had NO rifling in any of the main tubes, only in the butt of the fork's steerer.
    SLX and TsX had rifling in main tubes, but seat tubes are always single-butted with the butting (and any...
  14. DuraAce EX gruppo (probably original to this...

    DuraAce EX gruppo (probably original to this bike) would date it to between 1978 and 1984, but since this frame has portacatena dropouts, I'd guess not earlier than 1980. That and late '70s Benottos...
  15. I'll try to paste a link, great info in this...

    I'll try to paste a link, great info in this site, BTW, but this is in Dutch so you'll have to select English or use a translation program:
    frame delen
    All that info above regarding BB sizes and...
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    exactly: can't tell for sure, making (educated, I...

    exactly: can't tell for sure, making (educated, I hope) guesses. A 27.2 seat post would help clinch it (Aelle takes 26.8, generally) and weight would too. Having it in-hand goes a long way to judging...
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    Ah-so, This was factory-plated chrome, and had a...

    Ah-so, This was factory-plated chrome, and had a cromovelato finish, or transparent lacquer over chrome. Didn't look so much like that in the pictures that show original blue paint, but there you go....
  18. those look to be Belgian-made EKLA lugs, and with...

    those look to be Belgian-made EKLA lugs, and with the Simplex dropouts might indicate a Continental frame, although EKLA were very popular with British builders, too. What's the BB threading? Looks...
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    It looks like it must be at least Tre-tubi and...

    It looks like it must be at least Tre-tubi and probably All SL tubing...looks great!
    My only concern is whether the chrome shop knew what they were doing with a bike frame. There have been stories...
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    Show us picture! faggins were built of all...

    Show us picture! faggins were built of all Columbus (SL mainly) tre-tubi (3 main tubes of SL, remainder something cheaper), or Columbus Aelle. The seat post size will be a good clue. Cost (and resale...
  21. Yep, with that brazed-on plate for serial number...

    Yep, with that brazed-on plate for serial number ant that style of wrap-over stays it HAS to be some sort of Allegro. But never seen one with internal TT cable routing combined with those (BCM or...
  22. actually the lye will NOT attack steel, or at...

    actually the lye will NOT attack steel, or at least that's what it says on the label: "harmless to steel pipes" when you use it as a drain cleaner...it sure will burn holes in everything else it...
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    I ride a B-17 that I cut a relief slot in the top...

    I ride a B-17 that I cut a relief slot in the top to mimic a SelleAnatomica slot, which is simpler than the Imperial: just a larger radius in front, smaller radius in back connected with slightly...
  24. POUTRAIT-MORIN was the parent company, Zefal one...

    POUTRAIT-MORIN was the parent company, Zefal one of their brands, AFA another (also for toeclips and water bottle cages). Later they changed the company name to Zefal. With presta you just need to...
  25. That's fun to see, and takes me down memory lane...

    That's fun to see, and takes me down memory lane to when i once had a job in a trophy shop (remember those) in which ALL the engraving was done with a larger pantograph machine that used brass letter...
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