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ca. 1980 Colnago Super reborn - with Drillium Dude content!

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I've wanted this bike since I ogled similar machines at event rides when I was 12. I was riding my 79 Schwinn LeTour Luxe (1020 steel!), and thought I'd NEVER be able to afford something as great as a Colnago Super. I've been into bikes since then, but mostly American brands. When the vintage bug bit me hard about 5 years ago, I picked up some vintage British and American steel. Then a French bike, and more British and American stuff. My buddies Jeff Rumbold (Drillium Dude) and Bob Freeman have been encouraging me to get something Italian for the last couple of years. However, it's been a challenge for me to find one my size. Bob finally sent me an eBay link for this frame, from VeloCiao in Berlin, Germany. It's a 64 c-t-c, and is apparently made of SL tubing.

I wanted the full panto bling, but as you may know, that stuff is pretty spendy - especially if you buy it by the piece. Since this was a bare frame and fork, it occurred to me that I'd probably save a pile of money by buying a complete donor bike with the panto parts on it. Well, eBay provides, and I bought a complete light blue 78 Colnago Super - which just happened to be my buddy Jeff's size. He also happened to want that vintage and color.

So, I sold Jeff the frame, and I kept the BB, panto seat post, brake levers, and outer chainring. I swapped many of the NR parts that came on the bike for SR parts out of Jeff's stash (HS, pedals, derailleurs.) Back to eBay for a panto stem, Condor Superleggera saddle, and milled Campag brake calipers.

The cherry on top is the millium that our own John "Otis" Williams did for me. He milled tri-color slots on the inner (41t TA) chainring, the top of the stem, the pedal cages, and the derailleur jockey wheel cages.

This project has been an absolute blast, and I'm sure you can imagine that working with Jeff was a ton of fun, too. Today was the maiden voyage - about 40 miles on the Centennial Trail. I met Jeff in Arlington, and it was a picture perfect day for riding. I cannot believe the weather this year. I can't recall so much rain early in the year, and I can't recall this many sunny days from July 'til now. The grass is usually quite green by October.

Anyway, enjoy some more pics. I'm sure Jeff will add some more of his own.




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Yowza... beautiful bike. That chainset is really something else.
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Oh, yeah - got some pics from today

Here's a teaser:



More in a bit...

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Thanks - you're right that chainset really is the most outstanding bit.

Forgot to take a picture of the levers today - but here's a pic from a few weeks ago:


Also, have not taken a pic of the milled calipers. Not spectacular, but pretty cool nonetheless.
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
Oh, yeah - got some pics from today

Here's a teaser:



More in a bit...

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That's a great photo - love the "Made in Italy" in tri-color on my heel. You've become quite the artsy action photog.
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...love the "Made in Italy" in tri-color on my heel...
I was surprised when I enlarged that pic - that was pure luck

I'll have a bunch more pics in an hour or so - got a few of you and Jerry (a 60+ dude we fell in with on the way out of Arlington) on the move, plus that one of us in front of the bike sculpture, too.

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Originally Posted by Alex Moll
That's a great photo
+1! Awesome stuff-
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Just gorgeous. Great work and beautiful bikes.
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It's true: I've been keeping the press on Alex in recent years to add some Italian flair to his stable. When he told me what he was looking for, I was pretty excited for him. I admit to being even more excited when he bought the '78 Super to get hold of its panto'd bits

Filled my "gap" between my '73 and '83 Colnagos perfectly. We swapped NR for SR (and cold, hard cash for the frame/fork) and then Alex and Otis went to town. The result, as I'm sure everyone will agree, is outstanding!

And something else I discovered today: that's a light bike; probably around 21lbs or perhaps even lighter. Look at the size difference between my '78 and Alex's '80. But guess what? His is lighter - by a lot, even with the tool roll under the saddle. I need to go back to tubulars! Amazing...

It was pretty hot today (I can't believe it's October 7th):



That pic was taken as I began my drive back home at around 1600.

This was taken just before heading off the island at around 1000:



Alex specifically asked if I'd ride the '78 so as to illustrate for the story:



Yup, that's rootboy's custom saddlebag - and the bottle cage is a neat VO picked up at Velo Cult in PDX when I went down there last weekend.

Here's my pic of Alex's Colnago:



The red building is a small restroom area on the Centennial Trail in Arlington. We met up with a nice gent named Jerry who joined us for the ride. Alex was pretty sure the newest section was complete and rideable, so we headed north first.

Here's Alex hitting mile marker 27:



And here's yet another artsy-fartsy shot; Jerry can be seen on the yellow bike beyond:



This is the trailhead parking lot at the end of the newly-completed section:



Alex scopes out the barn:



More to come...

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Really sweet ! The bikes, the trail, all of it....can't wait to get moved up there ! The panto'd / milled parts are awesome, and I especially like the treatment on the rear dr !!

Great photos !

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My, what a long pump you have, Alex! Beautiful bike, ride and weather. I knew you and DD had something up your sleave, hearing/seeing some of the bits he got out of the deal. Nice work to both of you.

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PS- don't go jinxing our nice weather... knocks on wood
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DD, if I had known you were coming to PDX I would have met you for a beer. I live very near Velo Cult. This thread is another great one.
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Okay, so I should explain something regarding the Centennial Trail. It begins in Snohomish and ends at the barn up around Highway 9 just a couple miles from Big Lake. Before the opening of this new section, it was exactly 25 miles from Snohomish to Blynn (the old farthest-north trailhead). It now goes a nice, even 30 miles to the barn.

So, once at the barn, we turned around and headed south, as in back towards Arlington and points south.

Here's Alex and Jerry as shot from over my head. I'm sorta in the photo, too:



And here's Alex leading the way:



Jerry (left) and Alex (right) as seen from hub-level:




Yeah, I was there, too:



I wasn't sure what the weather was going to be like, so I was a bit bundled up with the shell over a short sleeved jersey and knickers. On the southbound run, we stopped quickly where we started in Arlington to top up water and I tossed my shell in the car. We posed for some pics, too.

Here's Jerry's Iron Horse - note the self-customized Brooks:



Alex and I with our forever-linked Italian stallions:



We met this cool character and his riding buddy and talked vintage bikes for a bit:



Alex turned off to head for home - a work commitment beckoned - so we bade him a fond farewell:



Jerry and I continued on to Snohomish where he headed off for home; I stuck 'round for lunch:



Then I turned around and turned up the wick - it's slightly downhill for a lot of the return leg:



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Oh, yeah - I have more

Just a couple; I took a few more pics of the scenery for posterity. I now have a ton of photos on all the major rail-trails.

Beautiful:



Another one of "those shots", I know - but I like this one as you can actually see the sun shining through the drilled plates in the chain! Yeah, I got it in the mail yesterday - my latest Ebay purchase:



And this was my reward at the end of a 60-mile day:






Thanks to Alex for the cool idea of taking both bikes out on the maiden voyage of his first Italian bike, and thanks to Jerry for joining up with us. I passed the Bike Forums URL along to him and hope we'll be hearing from him around here soon.

Another great riding day; I wonder how much longer this can go on?

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Looks like another great ride! If I am ever up that way, that trail looks like one worth checking out.
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DD, if I had known you were coming to PDX I would have met you for a beer. I live very near Velo Cult. This thread is another great one.
Hey, that sounds like a great idea - I am nearly 100% certain I will be coming down next weekend for the Handmade Bike Show. If you want to PM me your number we can try to link up there for some suds

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Nice ride, u guys are lucky, it's 10 degree celcius in Toronto. I've pretty much almost finished ridIng, it's almost time for hockey.

Beautiful bikes as well. I always said that one day I will own something with DD's drillium work.
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Beautiful bikes, great scenery in the pics, good company to ride with, Mmmmmmm, cannot be beat any day! Good pics and report Senior Chief, enjoyed the thread very much.

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Congratulations Alex on another outstanding bike build. You have quite an amazing collection. I sure am curious to hear what you think of the riding characteristics. Nice story of how you n the dudes bikes came together. Good stuff
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Originally Posted by Andycapp

My, what a long pump you have, Alex! Beautiful bike, ride and weather. I knew you and DD had something up your sleave, hearing/seeing some of the bits he got out of the deal. Nice work to both of you.

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PS- don't go jinxing our nice weather... knocks on wood
Thanks - I was actually worried about finding a Silca that long. Luckily, Bob Freeman had one in his stash in the back of EBB. It's a little scruffy, but so is the bike. I'm also glad it's chrome to match the fork. Say, did you notice I was rocking the old Colnago cap Andy style?
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Congratulations Alex on another outstanding bike build. You have quite an amazing collection. I sure am curious to hear what you think of the riding characteristics. Nice story of how you n the dudes bikes came together. Good stuff
Thanks for asking Matt - meant to mention that. In short, I love how it rides. I was wondering how a true racing thoroughbred with a 77 degree HA would handle. It's marvelous. The steep angles are to maintain weight balance when I'm riding way up there in the clouds. It's a fairly light bike - Nisi milled rims, w/25mm FMB tubulars make the most difference - just over 21 lbs before adding the tool roll w/spare tub, and a water bottle. Based on frame weight, and the 27.2 post, it's apparently an SL frame - a little surprising, as most would assume SP on a frame that big. Works great for me, as I don't put out huge watts anyway. Maybe it planes, too?!? It has a bit of toe overlap with the steep HTA and mild fork rake - but at least half of my bikes have that, and not a big deal to me. I am a little surprised how stable it is in a straight line, and how easy it is to ride no-hands. But man - when you want to change lines/lanes, it really responds! It's just a classic racing bike, and the great news is that I love riding it as much as I love looking at it. I'm very pleased.
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I'll add another thumb up to the beautiful pics and great scenery. Wonderful looking trail. Those two bikes are really something and Otis' work on the components is super. Makes me want to stick my rotary table up on the small milling machine and try some of that fluting. Really nice looking and those tri-color slots on the small ring adds to the overall pizazz, Alex. Great report guys, thanks.
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