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Old 11-22-09, 10:55 PM
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Chirico fork ends??

Hi everyone,

Been off C&V for several months now but I've just bought a new frame, the first brand new frame I've ever bought. I go to Verona every September and often visit Chesini there. This time I found they were still making a steel track frame, in Columbus SL, and decided to have one made. Andrea, the sales manager (I think) measured me and off we went. I decided to have the whole frame chromium plated with a clear green paint job - it looks like green chrome. They call it 'velato'. For sentimental reasons, I had them write 'Verona' on the crossbar and lastly, the crossbar is flattened vertically and horizontally at the head tube and seat tube respectively.

So, the frame arrived the day before yesterday and has fork ends stamped CHIRICO. I can't find any reference to this make and I was wondering if anyone here has.

Some photos:

It's hard to show the reflection - this pic doesn't but the next 2 show it and are pretty colpur-accurate:





The fork end:


While I'm here, does anyone recoognise the fork crown?

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Old 11-23-09, 12:58 AM
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Oh, that looks nice. The chromo velato finish is very cool. Does is scratch like normal paint or is it more like chrome in that regard? There is another Chesini owner around here, a really nice red one.

On a totally unrelated note, your balcony is very interesting to me. Seeing the washing machine outside is so so different than suburban Ohio. I really like to see the difference in the ways people live when space is at a premium. Tokyo looks like a completely different universe to me.
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Whoa, the chromo velato looks stunning. That is a beautiful frame. I've never heard of the Chirico dropouts.

The red Chesini mentioned above is mine. It is a X-Uno model and I think it is from the 1990's. The fork on it doesn't have a crown.
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Old 11-24-09, 02:41 AM
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Oh, that looks nice. The chromo velato finish is very cool. Does is scratch like normal paint or is it more like chrome in that regard? There is another Chesini owner around here, a really nice red one.

On a totally unrelated note, your balcony is very interesting to me. Seeing the washing machine outside is so so different than suburban Ohio. I really like to see the difference in the ways people live when space is at a premium. Tokyo looks like a completely different universe to me.
Not sure about the strength of the paint yet but I suspect its hold on the chrome will likely be less than it would be on a steel surface.

Glad you like the balcony. Houses commonly have their washing machines outside. Many years ago a friend here used one thinking it was a coin laundry and was puzzled not to be able to find the slot. The laundry was another 50 yds along.
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No one else seems to have heard of them either. Is your X-uno velato?
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No velato treatment on mine. It is a plain 'ole nice looking red.

There are some photos of the frame and fork in this thread: Chesini Thread

The OP's bike in that thread had a Painted by Frank Hoste sticker on it, but mine didn't. The Ebay seller said it was painted by Hoste though--his shop is near Ghent in Belgium. I suspect the seller likely obtained the frames at the same time, perhaps from Hoste. The paint jobs were similar except for color. On my bike the Chesini headbadge and name on the down tube and seat tube are not decals, but are painted. Pretty cool.

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I've never seen any stamped with that name before, but it's a safe bet that they are made by Technociclo, who seem to be one of the only Italian makers of frame bits these days. Suppose they could be getting them from Long Shen in China, like practically everybody else, too.
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Beautiful finish! Lovely frame. Sorry, never heard of Chrico fork ends, but if Chesini fit them on their frames they must be OK!
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Hello, Chirico made road and track frames, in Italy.
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Originally Posted by keidal
Hello, Chirico made road and track frames, in Italy.
So they did, or perhaps still do. I didn't think to do an image search but have just done one and got this very pretty machine

Thanks keidai!
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Originally Posted by Dawes-man
While I'm here, does anyone recoognise the fork crown?
Looks like a Cinelli "MC." The tangs inside the blades are separate pieces.

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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
Looks like a Cinelli "MC." The tangs inside the blades are separate pieces.
So they are! It's actually clear in the photo but I'd never noticed. Thank you!

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Hello,
I am negotiating to buy a racing CHIRICO frame with chrome forks, which has been [dark blue] paint stripped and from the detailing, it would appear to date from the late 1970's - 1980's. I do know that the fittings on the frame were Camagnolo Super Record, pantographed Chirico.
I have also tracked down a set of varnish-fix decals [E. Chirico] which from the design, suggests that they date probably from the 1940's - 1950's period and actually includes one decal which would have only fitted on to a chainguard.
I will try and find out more information about this manufacturer E. Chirico, who might have been established in Milan.
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Chirico is the name of a guy or the small frame shop/factory on the outskirts of Milan.
He/it made frames for Andrea Cinelli, including, I believe, some custom TdF team frames, back when.
Chirico made the Cinelli Equipe Centurion frames. Outstanding finish work.

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