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Old 01-27-24, 08:41 AM
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Cinelli stem and bars "Tour of Britain"

Hello there,

Could anyone share information on this stem and bars from Cinelli? I can't find any info on date of manufacture. or the meaning of the "Tour of Britain" model bars.

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rols229 A number 1? https://velobase.com/ViewComponent.a...m=102&AbsPos=2





The bars might be #17D but not sure as the example shown says Giro de Italia https://velobase.com/ListComponents....b-e02b3055cdce
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aha! thank you.
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Originally Posted by rols229
Hello there,

Could anyone share information on this stem and bars from Cinelli? I can't find any info on date of manufacture. or the meaning of the "Tour of Britain" model bars.

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We need a good pic of both sides of the bar.
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Okay, thanks!

Hopefully these are more helpful.



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I think he means any lettering on the bars to the right of the stem—opposite the Tour of Britain lettering.
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Originally Posted by rols229
Okay, thanks!

Hopefully these are more helpful.
Yep, sorry, we need the engraving on the other side to make a call on this.

And great score on this no matter what, the stem alone is a holy grail for many all by itself.

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Originally Posted by rols229
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Tx!

Well H**Y CRAP, no expert and never seen these before but they may be some of the rarest, hard to believe Cinelli ever stamped "BRITAIN" on any of their bars.

Can't really tell for sure, are they steel or alloy, look to be alloy but another set on Google were steel.

Again fantastic score, we need good pics of the whole bike as well.
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Thank you, merziac!
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Originally Posted by rols229
Thank you, merziac!
You're welcome and Thank you.

Not sure how much I helped but this is cool as ef, always glad to learn something new here.

Lots more pics plz.
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Those bars look like a combination of 66 drops and 65 upper curve.

66- 38
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Cinelli steel bars had the bulge in the clamping area like these. Aluminum had a second piece of aluminum, a shim, wrapped around the clamping area. However I have an early aluminum bar that has the bulge. Time for the magnet test.
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I found these images this evening.




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To see pics of the whole bike and that, hopefully, great looking Chorus group
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Hello,

The bike was hand-made by Gilles Bertrand, of Hull and Gatineau, Quebec. I think it was made sometime in 1987. I reached out to Velozophie, in Gatineau, who have acquired the Bertrand brand. They said they could forward some photos and an email I wrote to M. Bertrand. I am hoping to hear back from him some day.

It measures 61cm, and there are many interesting things about it. The tape on the bars is from Gilles, I am almost certain. The main mystery to me was the Tour of Britain bars, and I think we have solved that, well enough.

Thank you everyone, for your help and for your interest in the bike. Very best wishes to all.












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Fabulous, Tx for sharing.
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Can't quite tell, is the 'of' in Tour Of Britain misprinted and appears twice? That's making an already rare component even rarer!
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Can't quite tell, is the 'of' in Tour Of Britain misprinted and appears twice? That's making an already rare component even rarer!
Yes, there is two "of" on there.
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Makes it as rare as the "upside down Jenny" airmail stamp!

actually rare enough stem and steel bars as-is and very fine examples of each. Not sure why one would use steel bars/stem on a road bicycle but if you wanted to replace them with alloy Cinelli you could pocket a good deal of "surplus $$$" IMO
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Originally Posted by unworthy1
Makes it as rare as the "upside down Jenny" airmail stamp!

actually rare enough stem and steel bars as-is and very fine examples of each. Not sure why one would use steel bars/stem on a road bicycle but if you wanted to replace them with alloy Cinelli you could pocket a good deal of "surplus $$$" IMO
I agree with you, unworthy1. I just got the bike a few days ago and haven't ridden it more than 200 metres. The stem and bars are in such condition that I thought they could be 1980's knock-offs. Apparently not. Initially I could not find out anything about the Tour of Britain bars. This is why I made this account; thinking some people here would know what they were.

As I said above, I am hoping to speak to M. Bertrand, and if he can remember the stem and bars, that would help me decide what to do, I am sure I would enjoy riding the bike with 1987 Cinelli stem and bars.

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Hello again,

Is anyone familiar with the late 50's early 60's Record cranksets?
I am wanting to replace the inner chainring to a smaller size. This bike has a 51/48 setup, which is not the most useful for city riding. Is it a criterium idea?
While looking for a replacement, I had to determine exactly what the existing one was, and this is what I found.

https://www.velobase.com/ViewCompone...c-bc5f5e80a2b8

Here are some photos of what is on the bike. (Please excuse the fuzzy photos. My iphone is about the same vintage as this bike.)

Is this another very old part on this bike made in 1987? Similar in age to the stem and bars? I do see the raised area around the pedal hole.

Thank you very much for any input!







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That looks to be a 144 BCD crank to me. There is a 41 tooth chain ring that fits it but they are harder to find than the standard 42 tooth inner ring. TA made the 41 as well as others , I have a few on my bikes . The year of your crankset should be stamped next to the Strada , if not it is earlier than 1973 <3> , 1974 <4> and so on. If the # is in a circle then 80’s. Some of the very early cranks were 151BCD as far as I know. Joe
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Originally Posted by Kabuki12
That looks to be a 144 BCD crank to me. There is a 41 tooth chain ring that fits it but they are harder to find than the standard 42 tooth inner ring. TA made the 41 as well as others , I have a few on my bikes . The year of your crankset should be stamped next to the Strada , if not it is earlier than 1973 <3> , 1974 <4> and so on. If the # is in a circle then 80’s. Some of the very early cranks were 151BCD as far as I know. Joe
Thank you!

It is all very interesting. There is nothing but "Strada 170" stamped on the cranks.
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