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Old 10-20-10, 04:17 PM
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Question for owners of '80s Colnago Supers - Fork

My newly acquired 1983 Colnago Super frameset is in very good shape but I noticed something odd. The forks have 4 small indents down from the crown, inside. 2 on each side and level. They are completely identical and symmetrical, not accidental. No associated scratches. Of course, the fork is completely straight. Was this a strengthening crease, like we see on the indented chainstays?

Experienced Colnago people, thanks for your input.

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Old 10-20-10, 07:26 PM
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Could you offer a pic or two please?

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Man, I gotta see this!

Haven't got a clue what he's describing
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The first thing I thought was if the fork was clamped in a vise for some reason. I hope that is not why there are the indents.

Waiting for pictures to tell the story
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I just looked at my son's bike I and I am not sure what to look for from the description.

I won't drag out a camera till the op does.

Besides, I'd have to wash this thing first.
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Originally Posted by love2pedal.com View Post
The first thing I thought was if the fork was clamped in a vise for some reason. I hope that is not why there are the indents.

Waiting for pictures to tell the story
+1 - and what I'm afraid might be the case...
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I was looking at a Bianchi frame once and was about to buy it when I looked at the forks carefully. They were dented on the back side on the inside .... someone used something round to hold the fork in place to twist the stem out. Didn't buy the frame because of that.
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I'v got 4 steel Colnago forks - not one has indentations as you describe.

I can imagine someone using some sort of 'block' to hold the forks while removing a stuck stem as SJX426 describes.
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If it's not 'normal' then that is probably it, a block used to brace some ham-fisted work. Not a vice, that would have been evident. The indents are small so I don't think I could get them to show clearly in a picture of the chrome. The symmetry was what puzzled me. Anyway, live and learn. I'll just enjoy the bike, maybe keep eyes open for different fork. 54 frame. Thanks for responses.
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I had an opportuinity to get a fresh chromed Colnago fork. the steerer tube was too short! I am sure it is long gone.
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I may be new to Colnagos but but not to classic Italian bikes. The Colnago's assembly is stalled, waiting for some small parts. And Veloswap, the big bike show this weekend, here in Denver. In the meantime, I'll just have to ride this piece of crap -

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Denverartist that is a nice "piece of crap". I really like the color.

As to the Naggie maybe someone put some wierd sort of touring rack on it and it just kind of blemished the chrome? you said it was small enough to not be able to capture in a pic correctly maybe its from this? I had an old japanese Bianchi touring bike that had the same sort of thing on the fork. A repaint took care of the blemish and I never had a problem.
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Originally Posted by denverartist View Post
I may be new to Colnagos but but not to classic Italian bikes. The Colnago's assembly is stalled, waiting for some small parts. And Veloswap, the big bike show this weekend, here in Denver. In the meantime, I'll just have to ride this piece of crap -

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You sly fellow.

You've been holding out on us here, as that is a very nice bike.

I'll enjoy looking at the fotos after dinner.

By the way, nice audio gear.

I have a few pieces as well, but mine runs a little closer to the 1970's concert hall experience.

Big watts!
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Thanks very much, Gomango and O Rly. I'm sure there are very few Milanis in the US. Love vintage stuff, bikes and music electronics. Just a small sample of what I have.

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