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Old 11-20-09, 06:32 AM   #1
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Please help identify this tandem.

On Aussie ebay:

www.ebay.com.au

Item number 190349386672

I'm pretty sure it's not a Colnago, probably homemade?

Has anyone seen something like this before?

Opinions appreciated.

PS: I'm a computer dinosaur so I couldn't post the right web page, sorry.
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Old 11-20-09, 09:17 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure it's not a Colnago, probably homemade?

Has anyone seen something like this before?

Opinions appreciated.
Well, I'd be very surprised, let's put it that way. It's WAAAY off Colnago's core building practices. But to the best of my recollection, (which goes back to 1972 in cycling), I've never seen/sold/owned a Colnago that didn't have it's name/trademark emblazoned in the metal itself somewhere/somehow. Look for Colnago spelled out in spoon-dished seat stays, the Colnago ace of clubs cutout in the bottom bracket, something.

Short of that, get the serial number and email Colnago, or just buy it if you like it. It IS an unusual bike.

EDIT: Just noticed that it has an idler wheel rather than an eccentric bottom bracket. Don't know that I'd pay $500 for a bike that had an idler.

EDIT AGAIN: Had a friend who predates me in the bike biz by about 10 years look at it, and he says definately homebuilt. Possibly a Colnago front end, (which would be where they got the idea to brand it Colnago), but just too many "features" that a professional builder would never use.
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Old 11-20-09, 11:05 AM   #3
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When I looked at it, I also got the impression that someone had taken a Colnago single bike and modified it themselves to add the new rear end. I would expect that it's pretty flexy, it could be a fun bike, but I would be pretty wary.
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Old 11-20-09, 01:28 PM   #4
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THIS IS A GREAT BRIGHT, FIRE ENGINE RED, COLNAGO BRANDED 18 SPEED ROAD TANDEM BIKE
IT APPEARS TO BE CUSTOM BUILT BUT I CANNOT BE SURE OF ITS AUTHENTICITY AS TO COLNAGO-
SOLD AS IS IN GOOD FAITH SO ANY MISREPRESENTATIONS OR OMMISIONS ARE PURELY UNINTENTIONAL AND ACCIDENTAL
THANK YOU TO THOSE THAT HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO CONTACT ME AND CLARIFY THAT THE BIKE WOULD NOT BE AN ACUTAL COLNAGO DUE TO STAMPINGS AND IDENTIFYING MARKS ON THE FRAME. THE STICKERS WOULD HAVE BEEN PLACED ON IT BY THE MANUFACTURER/MAKER
I HAVE USED THE STICKERS ON THE FRAME AS AN IDENTIFYING NAME WHICH OBVIOUSLY WERE ON THE BIKE WHEN I BOUGHT IT AND WASNT IN A POSITION TO VERIFY ANY FURTHER. THE BIKE IS "AS IS"WHEN PURCHASED FROM THE PREVIUS OWNER- I HOPE THIS CLARIFYS ITS BIRTHRIGHT-
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Very interesting design. Can't see the bulged connections (welds?) in detail too well, but it looks aesthetically done.
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Old 11-20-09, 01:32 PM   #5
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Thanks for that.

I sent a message to the seller about 3 days ago, informing him that if it was a Colnago it would have the trademark logos stamped on the frame.
My thoughts were that it's homemade and a bit suspect.

Looks like I'll have to be patient and wait for the "SUPER RARE" chance of finding a good quality tandem here in Oz.
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Interesting frame design. Does look like a 'home made'.
A decal does not make it the real thing.
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Old 11-23-09, 04:20 AM   #7
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I've said it before, here recently, you guys don't know how lucky you are to have the availability and choice of quality tandems you've got AND the tandem rallies you can ride in, I'm truly envious.
The city where I live in Oz has a population of 100,000, the cycling community is very strong and has produced Olympic and World Champs, but tandems are few and far between, however of late we're tried to organize some tandem rides and there's an enthusiastic core who are hoping it catches on...wish us luck.
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