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Senior Member Request to Junior Member - Cinelli Altenberger

Old 01-24-22, 10:11 AM
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Senior Member Request to Junior Member - Cinelli Altenberger

A senior member asked me a junior member to jump in and share one of my bikes. In this case a1963/64 Cinelli Model B – Altenberger which Cinelli built for the German market I believe in the early 1960s. Flamboyant green with heavy patina. It features the rare and unique Altenberger Champion (1955-1960) component group including the hubs and brakes/levers all with the Altenberger green tint anodizing. It also features the semi-rare Cinelli brand headset and badged stem. The bike and parts are 95% original and complete. Note the parallel rear derailleur design. I also run The Cinelli Registry for the detailing of the totally random serial numbering convention that Cinelli cruelly inflicted on us. www.thecinelliregistry.com











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Old 01-24-22, 10:19 AM
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Incredible bike! Those hubs and the QR are super cool. Thank you for posting.
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That is fan-dang-tastic. Thanks for posting. You should bring it down to Cambria for Eroica so we can gawk at it in person!
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wow.... will look for it out riding
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at one epoch Altenburger joined forces with Magistroni and GB (Gerry Burgess) to create a co-venture road ensemble

IIRC there may have been a short-lived team sponsorship

other readers will likely know the specific years this was in operation...


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Old 01-24-22, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
That is fan-dang-tastic. Thanks for posting. You should bring it down to Cambria for Eroica so we can gawk at it in person!
+1. +1. And +1.

cinelliguy: Eroica CA is April 30-May 1 and Cambria's a nice town. Just sayin' . . . .
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Is that freewheel made by Altenburger? I didn't know they made freewheels?
​​​​​​Absolutely love that rear derailleur. It's well beyond cool.
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VERY NICE!!! If you like vintage or classic bikes at all - especially rare and unique types, this is pure joy to behold . I have never seen those features anywhere in my travels. The RD and dropouts are very special. Not too much on this bike is typical. Thank you for sharing .
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Old 01-24-22, 03:31 PM
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There were a couple of those displayed at the 2018 Classic Rendezvous gathering, and they were fascinating to look over! The Altenburger components are fairly uncommon, and the rear derailleur is quite novel! I took a few photos, and have a detailed shot of the rear derailleur...



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On the question of freewheel. The freewheel – Regina 14-28

Here is a rundown of the parts.Component group - Altenberger
Size is – Seat tube 59cm ctc, top tube 58cm ctc
Crankset – Magistroni crank 170mm, 50/40 Stonglight chainrings
Pedals – Campagnolo Gran Sport, Binda straps
Saddle – Italian CLR (not in posted images)
Seatpost – No name, alloy (original steel seatpost was destroyed due to being frozen)
Handlebar – No name, 36cm steel ctc
Stem – Cinelli steel 80mm with branding badge, 25mm clamp
Wheelset – Altenberger high flange hubs, 36 spoke, Italian: 1.378" x 24 tpi, Fiamme Red Label 27” clincher
Tires – Schwalbe 27 X 1.25” Schrader

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Holy cow! That's impressive.

Do you ride it?
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Old 01-24-22, 04:23 PM
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I ride it on flat-ish vintage rides with the so called bay area Classic Rendezvous folks and on a nice day I will take it out for 20-30 miles. The Portola Loop or something like. Would not attempt any Eroica routes except something like out to the lighthouse because I would rather ride than walk any day.
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So cool!!! More than once I've agonized over buying an Altenburger group set, with a plan to build a frame to match it. As I haven't had the work space to build frames since 2015, I always end up talking myself out of it. Wonderful to see one in a unified package, and a Cinelli no less!
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thank you for this enumeration of the machine's fittings

the pedals worn by the cycle in the photos appear to be Noli-Cattaneo (Sheffield) model Corsa Nr. 655 rather than Campag -




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Altenburger gear mechs -

Gerry Burgess (GB brand products) was an agent for them in Britain

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If I still lived in Redwood City I'd be begging for a chance to see it and perhaps talk you into letting me ride it around the block!
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Somebody thought outside a lot of boxes!

Thanks for sharing.
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Gerry you are correct about the image/pedal that I originally uploaded. I have attached the pedals that are regularly on the bike and in my parts rundown. Good catch!
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Super cool, I really want to see that derailleur shift!
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