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Old 07-24-11, 03:26 PM
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Really confused with what this bike is

Hi all, very new to the forums so be gentle with me

I've just been given a racer from a friend who was going to take it to the scrap so decided to take it on, make it rideable and hopefully restore it.

As you can see from the pics, the fork crown has Chesini stamped and the seat stays have a bird stamped in which after a few attempts at googling found it to be Columbus Steel tubing. Is this standard or would you say someone through the bikes life put these parts together?

The head badge and any original stickers have been removed making it difficult for me to determine what it is, any help will be great!
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Old 07-24-11, 03:42 PM
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Columbus tubing is a good sign. Beyond that, I think we'll need better photos. Details like lugs, components, fork crown, dropouts; and read us any lettering anywhere if you can't photograph it.
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I can't really tell anything about the fork crown from that pic. I agree more pics are needed to see what you have.



this looks pretty small does it fit?
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Old 07-24-11, 06:03 PM
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Here's some pics of the lugs and bottom bracket, the serial(?) on the BB says YO2JJ43 and 52 on the other side.

Components are:
crank - Solida, front derailler - Falcon, rear derailler - Shimano SIS, Shifters - Shimano, Brakes and levers - Weinmann, Stem - ATB, Rims - Rigida Superchromix, Hubs - Sachs Millard (stamped 27 91)

this looks pretty small does it fit?
Well for my short legs, yea!

I'll take some pics of the components tomorrow but it's getting pretty late, thanks and good night.
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Wow, Rigida Superchromix. Brings back some memories of 1972. Sounds like you have an interesting bike.

Strange they would mix heavy steel rims with a Columbus Tubing frame, though. Nonetheless.....nice frame.
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL
Wow, Rigida Superchromix. Brings back some memories of 1972. Sounds like you have an interesting bike.

Strange they would mix heavy steel rims with a Columbus Tubing frame, though. Nonetheless.....nice frame.
I have one on the front of my Triumph Traffic Master as I was finding it difficult to brake in the wet. I can see myself going for a set of alloys for this one tho.

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Columbus tubing is a good sign. Beyond that, I think we'll need better photos. Details like lugs, components, fork crown, dropouts; and read us any lettering anywhere if you can't photograph it.
Just noticed on the dropouts that it also has Chesini stamped, last part I found out is that the handle bars are Allez.

So where should I start to discover which model this Chesini is?

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The 52 mark on the bottom bracket is likely the frame size. Chesini bikes were generally built well. Not sure what model it is. It isn't a Innovation or X-Uno. Perhaps a Arena, Precision, Gran Premio, or Criterium.

There are a couple Chesini catalogs at the bulgier.net site. A internet image search might help, and there are some Chesini bikes posted on the velospace.org site.
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Originally Posted by BlankCrows View Post
The 52 mark on the bottom bracket is likely the frame size. Chesini bikes were generally built well. Not sure what model it is. It isn't a Innovation or X-Uno. Perhaps a Arena, Precision, Gran Premio, or Criterium.

There are a couple Chesini catalogs at the bulgier.net site. A internet image search might help, and there are some Chesini bikes posted on the velospace.org site.
Thanks Blank Crows, I've already searched those sites but what throws me off is the Columbus Stamp on the seat stays which I've only seen another bike with it but was stripped down to the bare metal http://www.lfgss.com/thread54471.html#post1758701
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As an incorrigible modernizer...I start with the frame, as is, or stripped and painted, a nice one. Now, mount a nice group that you want to be riding, and get started on a really cool bike.
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