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Old 10-27-16, 12:42 PM
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Hey there I'm NCDK! I've been cycling for about a year after not being on a bicycle for over a decade. Originally needed to cycle to commute to work but I never realized how much I enjoyed it!

I was hoping to find information regarding an old Cilo bicycle bought by my folks sometime in 1970s-80s era Lausanne, Switzerland. It's been sitting in a pitch-black crawlspace in North Carolina since 1998 and only a month ago has finally been pulled out. Will need a lot of tlc but I've been fascinated by its features and wanted to see if it was worth repairing.
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Old 10-27-16, 02:55 PM
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I see an unusual mixte styled frame bicycle that looks like it would be a nice ride on a sunny day. Your money, your pleasure in riding or not.

Repair, ride and enjoy.
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Old 10-27-16, 03:26 PM
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I think that any money that you invest into it will not come back in a sale but it is a nice looking older women's Cilo. If you do it right, it could come out looking really nice, but it will take a lot of work and quite some time. This depends on how far you want to restore it.
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Repairing is always worted if you enjoy to do it (as i do).
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The folks in the Classic & Vintage forum can give you lots of info about your bike. Enjoy.
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It's more neglected and dirty than damaged, from the looks of it. Nothing fancy, but the Berceau-style mixte frame is certainly unusual in the U.S. I have a Chiroda mixte with those curved lateral tubes. Nice little bike once you clean it up and keeping it in the family would be great. I've seen a few Cilo bikes over the years but they were never sold here in great numbers, that I know of.
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Hello NCDK,

Welcome to the forum and thank you for sharing this interesting mount.

Can you tell us how read the transfers at the front of the downtube and top of the seat tube?

Does anyone have any ideas as to the purpose for the small hole/dimple in the lower end of the head tube facing forward? Cannot recall previously seeing this feature. Wonder if it could be for lighting wiring.

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Old 10-28-16, 09:44 PM
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Thanks for the input, everyone! I actually hope to get it fixed up for my mother as a present since it's still a keeper.

Apart from the mere dusting off and rust removal, all the lines for the brakes and shifters and the rear tire will have to be replaced. The electrical wiring from the alternator motor will probably be replaced too, but the bulbs in both the front and rear lights are intact and were very well sealed off in their lamps. The air pump works excellent too.
Curiously I did find another similar Cilo as a reference: BUY MY VELO

Here's a couple more photos:
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Old 10-29-16, 12:24 AM
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Very cool to see that bike on the other side of the planet. Geniess es!
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Old 10-29-16, 07:13 AM
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I like it & it reminded me of a couple of European " Crescent " bikes that I once had . Great quality , general purpose bikes. ONE THING ; They had a very odd tire size . I could not even find it online, but Schwalbe tires came thru for me & got them from Europe.
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Further updates: very luckily, my folks found a spare Cilo tire in their basement in excellent condition! Almost like new even. So I won't have to worry about finding a replacement.
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