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Colnago Super comes home 4 years, 11 months and 22 days later

Old 04-15-18, 10:02 PM
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Colnago Super comes home 4 years, 11 months and 22 days later

Some may remember the Colnago I restored some years back, made extra nice with the help of Jon and Jeff. Back in 2013, my interests shifted to vintage motorcycles and the majority of the bikes were parted with, including the Colnago. Soon after the sale I developed severe seller's remorse, but I figured what's done is done and at least it went to a good home, though the remorse never left me.

Fast forward to 2018... I see a post referring to a Colnago that sounds like it could be "mine", click the provided link to the member's Flickr and low and behold, there it was. Turns out the gentleman who bought the Colnago was a member of BikeForums all along (VintageDude).

A quick message and a few emails later, he agreed to a deal and a meeting. I was soon reunited with the bike.

This particular bike is special to me as it was my first true restoration, my first decent drillium, some gorgeous drillium by Jeff, and milling by Jon Williams.


The following pictures are as it was received by VintageDude. He tells me he rode it only once/twice, showed it in a couple local shows and stored/displayed it over the last 5 years. It's basically in the same condition I sold it in, except for some dried out hoods and dirtier bar tape.


1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr
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Old 04-15-18, 10:05 PM
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1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr


Some more detail shots of Jon (stem and seat post) and Jeff's (shift levers and brake levers) work:


1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

1974 Colnago Super by alex ries, on Flickr

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Old 04-15-18, 10:09 PM
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Beautiful.
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Old 04-15-18, 10:22 PM
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Great looking bike. Does this mean you can go home again?

For the bar tape, if it were mine I would consider staining it with tea or Italian coffee and then shellacking to hold the color and make it durable. then you could use it without concern about getting the tape dirty.
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I remember those terrific pix from years ago. Welcome home
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Old 04-16-18, 04:29 AM
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I'd have serious separation anxiety too. Great that you got it back. I suppose (VintageDude) is now going through those same empty feelings you went through.

Fantastic photos of a remarkable bike.
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Old 04-16-18, 07:44 AM
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That looks fantastic, don't let it get away again.
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Beautiful bike and I too found out you can come home again.

In my case it was a one of Custom Stevenson, built as a gift to myself, but then a marriage failed, and there were too many memories. A year after I sold it, I realized what I had let go.

[cue music]

"Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone..."

Joni Mitchell

So the years passed and I returned to biking with a Felt and then a nice Bianchi but they weren't the Stevenson, nothing else could be as that was made to just fit me. I shared my lament with my LBS and years later a phone call from the LBS staff, my bike was for sale on craig's list the same city I had sold it in! It was the same man, a quick call and ... yes, you can come home again.

But now I know what I got, it goes to a grandchild after I'm gone...no sooner.

I share your joy.

P.S. And twenty years later, and raising four kids together, found not only my life companion but my stoker too, and a Stevenson Custom tandem for the years to come.

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Old 04-16-18, 07:56 AM
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An orange drillium Colnago in my size.........where do you store it and what regular appointments do you have outside the home?
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Old 04-16-18, 07:57 AM
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Nice! What year is it, and where did you get the decals? And are you happy with them? I'm in the middle of a '73 restoration and am about to order decals.
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Old 04-16-18, 08:04 AM
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Same as before, tight and right.
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This thread is warm-fuzzy-inducing in the extreme

Glad you were able to bring her back home!

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Wonderful story about a heartening community and a gorgeous bike.
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Nice storey, beautiful bike and wonderful photography @shnibop. Two questions: what bar tape did you use and what brand is the black chain?

Cheers.

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Beautiful bike and a great story. Glad you came to your senses, @shnibop.
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Fabulous. What’s with the cork?
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Beyond sexy. A total holy grail bike!
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Just beautiful.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Fabulous. What’s with the cork?
Story goes something from the days of Six Day races at the velodrome. Symbolic or represented one had a spirt left in his tank. Popping a cork, leaving a competitor behind...

The wealthier spectators had premium seating with servants to pour their champagne. Popping the cork, the ladies swooned their fave and strong rider alwhile enjoying the bubbly. The stud would collect a cork from their admirers and dangle it under the saddle.

And onto the OP - absolute one terrific bike and story! Do recall seeing pics of it elsewhere. Thanks again for sharing 🎰

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One of my favorites on this forum.

Just outstanding.

Thanks for sharing it again.
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um wow that is gorgeous!
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Beautiful!! Congrats on getting her back.
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In 1975 I sold off a frame set plus cranks, pedals. In 1983 I ran across the fellow I sold it to, bought it back a bit worse for wear essentially the same otherwise. I still own the bike an still pleases me to ride. Could use redone chrome the interim owner did not keep that up unfortunately, but I still have the pleasure of owning it.

In 1976 a different bike got stolen... still hoping that one turns up on CL or ebay one day. Time is marching on though.
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