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Cinelli SC 1954 from original owner

Old 08-09-16, 01:42 AM
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Cinelli SC 1954 from original owner

Hi everybody and greetings from overseas (Germany).
I would like to share my 1954 Cinelli SC which I purchased
from the original owner last sunday.

Few parts changed over the years:



















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Beautiful .
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Thanks for posting this beautiful bike. Very well described within your great photos.

Personally I couldn't imagine a more desirable bike and built in the same year I was built.
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Holy smokes!

Coolest thing I've seen this week.
Can you please tell us the story of how you found it? The hunt, the meeting, etc.
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This is a beautiful bike. Are the shifters nouvo record? Is that a reynolds sticker on the frame? It looks like the main triangle is built of Reynolds? I have the magistroni crank on a olmo built in 1960 I purchased recently.

Great pictures and just a great looking bike.
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That's something you don't see every day...

I'd probably make every effort to get that 100% original.
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Here is the story:

I found a Rossin bike with Dura Ace 8-speed downshifters groupset cheap in the classifieds 45 Minutes away.
Called and reserved it for the next day.
Two adds below that bike was an offer for several bikes only text no picutres mentioning a 62 old Cinelli among others.
Mailed that I'll be near that place the next day... got no answer... but had a phone number.

After I picked up the Rossin (the seller had several offers for that bike) I called that number and arranged a meeting in an industrial area only 5 miles away.

The seller bought it new in '54 and swapped it some time later since the frame was too large for him.
Got it back two years ago in quite bad shapped and restored it carefully.

Very nice humble man 78 years of age and still biking.
Overall it was a lot of 7 bikes, the cinelli being the crown jewel.
Bought them at a flat rate and will sell the other 6 to get that cinelli
at a reasonable price in the end.




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Holy smokes!

Coolest thing I've seen this week.
Can you please tell us the story of how you found it? The hunt, the meeting, etc.

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Outstanding looking bike, neat story on how you managed to get it into your stable, too. It looks like his restoration was pretty thorough, but still left the patina nicely original. Should provide you with some nice rides

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That is outstanding. Thanks for sharing. Interesting story too.
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Great story. Thanks.
In '54, that would have made him 16 years old.
He traded it away, then got it back much later. Amazing.

What were the other six bikes, just out of curiosity?

What does that decal just below the Reynolds decal say? Is it a bike shop decal?
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Such the gem!

Really neat too how these one owner specials are rediscovered and shared for all to admire. More pics please
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I've always wanted a racing bike from the 50's and that would be the perfect one. I would do a 100% restoration, it would be worth the money.
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That's a bicycle dream right there! Wonderful
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The Titan bars and stem are too cool.
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I think the Cinelli needs a Cinelli stem and handlebar. Otherwise, terrific!
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Originally Posted by repechage
I think the Cinelli needs a Cinelli stem and handlebar. Otherwise, terrific!
+1 and the Cinelli headset. Would weinmann's be appropriate here? I'd think universals?
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I wouldn't change the bar and stem unless the length or width is incorrect for the OP.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
I wouldn't change the bar and stem unless the length or width is incorrect for the OP.
The ones on there are definitely beautiful, but this is the kind of bike that merits one of those badged Cinelli stems.
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That's the coolest bike I have seen in a while. Thanks for posting.
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Originally Posted by gmanella
I purchased from the original owner
62 years...



Awesome bike.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
... Would weinmann's be appropriate here?...
Weinmann side pulls, yes (they have to have large block print on the calipers). Not centerpulls, though; they didn't come out until a few years later.


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Thanks all for your warm words.

I think the campa record hubs/super champion wheels are a little to young too.

I'm thinking of changing brakes/levers & wheels when I can get ahold of matching stuff.

The saddle/pillar combi is a little to young also but looks to cool
to replace it.

Will make some more pics when the light is right.

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Thanks for sharing this wonderful find.

Did seller happen to mention if bicycle had been factory assembled, shop assembled or individual assembled?

Are pedali pista or truncated strada?

With regard to the Nitor flat rail saddle & pillar -

VB gives a launch date of "mid 1950's":

VeloBase.com - Component: Nitor

VeloBase.com - Component: Unica - Nitor Saddle Seatpost Combination

According to this history launch would have been 1959-60:

Unica + Nitor | saddlewax.com

Some of the earliest saddles were naked and salmon in colour.

Daniel Rebour drawing of the design:


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Originally Posted by gmanella
Thanks all for your warm words.

I think the campa record hubs/super champion wheels are a little to young too.

I'm thinking of changing brakes/levers & wheels when I can get ahold of matching stuff.

The saddle/pillar combi is a little to young also but looks to cool
to replace it.

Will make some more pics when the light is right.
Wow. Really sweet early Cinelli! Green with envy
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Originally Posted by repechage
I think the Cinelli needs a Cinelli stem and handlebar. Otherwise, terrific!
My late 50s Mod B came with a Titan stem and Maes bars. Quite the thing to do in England and Germany. The seller kept those bits. I thought about getting a replacement set but I went with Cinelli stem and bars instead.
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