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Identify Clapton's Vintage Bike?

Old 10-20-10, 02:53 PM
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Identify Clapton's Vintage Bike?

Anybody know what bike this is?
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Old 10-20-10, 03:03 PM
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Old 10-20-10, 03:09 PM
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Wonder if he got it from Spence Wolf? The Weinmann brake levers, Mafac calipers on a Cinelli were kinda his invention...
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A little more info:
http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2008...n-by-eric.html

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quote from Clapton

..I have begun buying vintage road bikes, not to ride but because I have always loved the equipment of cycling, especially bikes and accessories from the sixties.


so guess who's bidding up your favorite parts on eBay
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His QR is down at 7 O'Clock. (... And to think he used to be my hero! )
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Old 10-20-10, 04:08 PM
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His QR is down at 7 O'Clock. (... And to think he used to be my hero! )
..and his tubulars need some air. Well, he said he doesn't ride them, so...
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That is awesome !
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Oh god, what a haircut.
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Actually, fork crown looks wrong unless its a "B".
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Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
Actually, fork crown looks wrong unless its a "B".
I noticed that, note the "ears" on the lugs and that the fork is all chrome... Who knows. Hopefully he knows how to use a quick release correctly, when bikes came in to the shop for service with the QR like that decades ago, the owner just "wound it tight" and ignored the cam. This is the reason for the CPSC locked and unlocked stamping on later units, which kind of helped.

Scheeren rims.

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Oh god, what a haircut.

Clapton is God.
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^^^I can't believe it took 12 posts for someone to say it.


here's what I don't get.

in the article linked to above Clapton says

Hiroshi came over to the hotel on his new Cinelli track bike... He is still a leading pioneer in street culture, hence the Cinelli. Track bike riding is taking over from skateboarding in Japan, and Hiroshi is in the avant-garde as usual. I have caught the obsession of course.
So I kinda would think he's posing with a track bike there if that is his own bike.
I can't see the rear dropouts well enough in the picture so I can't tell.
Oddly enough though there are shifters and brakes and road bars on the bike. Is it possible Clapton likes Track bikes, but since he also claims he loves all the 'equipment' of cycling, he puts derailleurs and brakes on his bikes?

Does someone build Clapton's frames up for him?
Can I get that job?

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Those are wide looking rims! I thought they were concaves..... I wonder what gears he's pushin.....I wonder how high he sets his saddle......no halfmoon tan lines on top of his hands??.....Oops yes, he does not ride too much.....
The rear QR lever looks to be at 1 o'clock and he twists his straps through his pedals, plus no valve caps on his tire valves so he's mostly cool in those departments, I think.....

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bring back the toe strap button!

i'd love some cool ones.
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the qr will remain in that position.........I'm sure Mr. Clapton does not get his fingers near the spoke/fork intersection............his fingers are probably insured for much more than he would ever divulge....
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the qr will remain in that position.........I'm sure Mr. Clapton does not get his fingers near the spoke/fork intersection............his fingers are probably insured for much more than he would ever divulge....
Does he use a spoke tension meter or does he just pluck the spokes like most of us mortal home wheelbuilders do???
I figure it's most likely the latter and he sings and composes as he tensions up his new wheels.....accompanied by heavenly music from the spokes.....

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there was a well-publicized visit he made to pick up a "special" Clapton-model Cinelli super corsa at the HQ...it was a "modern" specimen with chrome lugs. I'm sure there have been many more since.
Elvis Costello has his Bob Jackson...how many more Rock/Cycle mash-ups are there?
D'oh! almost forgot David Byrne...but don't know what brand he rides.

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Fork's bent.

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Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong View Post
Anybody know what bike this is?
And did it come with Disraeli Gears?
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I have to chime in that Ginger Baker (Drummer for Cream and Blind Faith) actually raced (bicycles) in the late 50s early 60s!

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God needs some Drillium on that rig - and I'm willing to facillitate

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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
there was a well-publicized visit he made to pick up a "special" Clapton-model Cinelli super corsa at the HQ...it was a "modern" specimen with chrome lugs. I'm sure there have been many more since.
Elvis Costello has his Bob Jackson...how many more Rock/Cycle mash-ups are there?
D'oh! almost forgot David Byrne...but don't know what brand he rides.
How about Peter Gabriel on a Moulton NS:

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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
Those are wide looking rims! I thought they were concaves..... I wonder what gears he's pushin.....I wonder how high he sets his saddle......no halfmoon tan lines on top of his hands??.....Oops yes, he does not ride too much.....
The rear QR lever looks to be at 1 o'clock and he twists his straps through his pedals, plus no valve caps on his tire valves so he's mostly cool in those departments, I think.....

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Scheeren rims are quite wide and balsa wood filled. I have taken a long time to gather the rims I have. They polish up like chrome too.

Mr. Clapton has a number of bikes, and a number of them are Cinelli.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
His QR is down at 7 O'Clock. (... And to think he used to be my hero! )
That's the tremolo position, favoured by all guitar heros who are Eddy Merckx wannabes.
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