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Old 01-21-18, 09:36 PM
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70s Cinelli

Hello, I recently found a Cinelli SC in my size. I think it's a 1973 or '74. I have been looking for a long time. I cleaned it up, and sourced the missing parts in the last month or so. I had The Bicycle Stand in Long Beach overhaul everything including rebuild the headset and bottom bracket. They did a great job! I just wanted to share the photos, because I know a lot of folks here have a similar appreciation.
Here are the photos on Flickr.
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Old 01-21-18, 09:45 PM
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Very nice, I would be on the lookout for a 2 bolt seatpost to go with the Unicanitor.
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Old 01-21-18, 09:52 PM
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Thanks Merziac! I have the original 2 bolt seatpost, but unfortunately, it's too short for me to use.
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Old 01-21-18, 09:53 PM
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Looks good. The seatpost is a good choice as the two bolt unit will not be long enough.
The seatpost binder bolt is the type from the 60's. I would be on the lookout for a Record big ring to Super Record small ring. I have one in silver as well, I would not thought of that color bar tape but it works... I use red.


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Old 01-21-18, 10:24 PM
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Well that's not gorgeous or anything, is it?

A '60s/'70s Cinelli is pretty much my entire "One Day You Shall be Mine" list. Yours is another example of why. Very nicely done.
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Old 01-21-18, 11:22 PM
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What a beauty!
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Gorgeous bike! Well done.

I’m not sure if the older SC’s can use the same seat clamp bolt as the newer ones, but Cinelli has them for a not completely unreasonable price.

https://www.wingedstore.com/spare-pa...trssc-575.html
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Had to log in to comment on this fine bike. Fantastic, C-dale65. Looks to be in outstanding condition.
Congratulations.

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Old 01-22-18, 09:03 AM
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Clean bike and nicely put together. I don't recall seeing that stamp on the brake release, very cool. Congrats!
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Very, very nice. FWIW, I think your estimate of 1973-74 is pretty good, based on the Velo Retro Cinelli timeline.

I agree that your choice of seatpost is appropriate. No way a Campy two-bolt will be long enough. I also doubt that a Nitto two-bolt (S-83? S-84?) would be long enough, although it would be closer. For your purposes, what you have is pretty much the best available option that I can think of.
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Gorgeous and I am not a fan of silver frames! I do like the contrast with chrome!

How much of a drop is that from the seat to the HB? I ride with about 2.5 inches, which is about my limit without my knees hitting my belly! I can't see how to ride that one.
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Beautiful bike!

I can't be the only one wondering about your setup, so I'll ask the question: why so much post showing? There's quite a saddle to stem drop there; do you normally ride a larger frame?

Can't remember the last time I saw such a nice original paint job on a 70s Cinelli. You certainly bagged a keeper

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Thanks for all the nice comments! They are very much appreciated.
Yes, my set up is not normal. I have long legs and a short torso, so I need a shorter top tube usually with a lot of seatpost showing. On all my bikes, the measurement from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat is 83-85 cm, depending on the bike.
I was very lucky to find the frame in such nice condition and the seller was willing to ship. I originally didn't think the deal would come together, but the seller was great, and shipped it via bikeflights with no damage.
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That's a classic, for sure. I find many Italian bikes to be gaudy, but not the Cinelli!
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Oh man, that Cinelli makes my liver quiver, beautiful bike all around.

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Yours looks virtually identical to mine. However, it looks like you don't have the brazed on water bottle mount on the down tube whereas mine does. I believe this change occurred in 1974, so yours is most likely a 1973.
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Davester,
Thanks for the information on the water bottle bosses! That's good to know when trying to date these Cinellis. Yes, I don't have the mounts, and still need to mount the water bottle holder(still in box). I was leaning more toward 1973 due to the date on the rear derailleur, which I am assuming is original to the bike, but I wasn't 100% sure.
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I remember those well from when they were new and I was a starving grad student riding a Nishiki. Very nice!
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