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Old 10-09-21, 08:09 PM
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Chrome bicycle identification help, please

Hi all,

I took a gamble on this bike without exactly knowing what it was, I just knew it was pretty old. There's no decals and the head badge is missing. It came with a Campagnolo drivetrain - Gran Sport RD, and high flange Campy hubs on Fiamme tubular rims. The seat post is 26.2 mm. Handlebar is Cinelli and stem is Fiamme. Brake levers are Barilla 62 with I believe Barrilla 61 centerpull calipers. There's an oil port on the top of the bottom bracket with an oil drain port on the underside. There's a serial number stamped on the BB shell - 8953. The frame has Campy dropouts and fork ends. I have a guess as to what it might be, but what say you C&V? I don't want to get my hopes up.








Oh, and I can ride it, size-wise.
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My guess is a Cinelli with a replacement fork.
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With Serious Reflection

Shinelli?
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Shinelli?
Lol, nice. Yes, I'm thinking Cinelli as well.
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Originally Posted by friendofpugs View Post
Lol, nice. Yes, I'm thinking Cinelli as well.
Mine has both ports as well and is believed to be an early 60's.





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Mine has both ports as well and is believed to be an early 60's.





Very, very cool. Do you have plans to build it back up?

The fork on this one was throwing me off - it makes sense that's a replacement like iab's suggested. At least it has Campy fork ends and looks shiny like the rest of the frame, I will leave it alone for now. It's not as if finding a period correct Cinelli fork is an everyday occurrence. I did order a cheap replica head badge off of Ebay though.

This purchase came about because I bought the couple's matching 1984 Trek 720s, and as I was loading them up, the very nice lady said "oh, I have an old chrome road bike with Campy parts hanging in my garage at my other home, would you be interested in that too?" Why yes, yes I would be interested in that too.
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Feel under the top tube and down tube near the head tube. You may be able to feel if it were in a front ender. Since you can't see it in the pictures, even if it were crashed, it is likely just fine.
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Feel under the top tube and down tube near the head tube. You may be able to feel if it were in a front ender. Since you can't see it in the pictures, even if it were crashed, it is likely just fine.
Thanks for the prompting - upon close visual and finger tip inspection, frame looks good, no signs of collision detected. It tracked straight last night when I rode it on the street. Next steps will be to get new tubulars for the original wheelset and maybe some new bar tape. I already told my wife (alright, asked my wife) that I'll be displaying it in the house on a stand.

Still kinda stunned I found a chrome 60s Cinelli SC. You never know what may be hanging in the garage, folks!
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Very, very cool. Do you have plans to build it back up?

The fork on this one was throwing me off - it makes sense that's a replacement like iab's suggested. At least it has Campy fork ends and looks shiny like the rest of the frame, I will leave it alone for now. It's not as if finding a period correct Cinelli fork is an everyday occurrence. I did order a cheap replica head badge off of Ebay though.

This purchase came about because I bought the couple's matching 1984 Trek 720s, and as I was loading them up, the very nice lady said "oh, I have an old chrome road bike with Campy parts hanging in my garage at my other home, would you be interested in that too?" Why yes, yes I would be interested in that too.
Tx!

Eventually, it really needs a repaint or serious touch up and as you can see the paint is too thick. Luckily it came with all the fussy bits, HS,SP and 74mm BB, 2 binder bolts and a paint to match Silca so we'll see. I also got an efbay HB as the seller wanted too much for an original.

And you one lucky lad to get a chrome one, great score, well done.
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What is your BB width, I ask because especially if 74mm I would get it apart and get fresh grease in there with perfect adjustment, good thick auto axle grease if any less than VGC is my go to on this.
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What is your BB width, I ask because especially if 74mm I would get it apart and get fresh grease in there with perfect adjustment, good thick auto axle grease if any less than VGC is my go to on this.
74mm BB width here too, sir. I rode it again this evening on a bit longer ride, and it is a fast, quick handling bike.
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74mm BB width here too, sir. I rode it again this evening on a bit longer ride, and it is a fast, quick handling bike.
Those spindles are the epitome of hens teeth and yes Phil makes a replacement, spendy but....

I would do everything in my power to keep the one you have in the best shape possible so it lives on.
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