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Finally built my Cinelli steel bike!

Old 03-13-06, 07:14 PM
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Finally built my Cinelli steel bike!

Finally built my Cinelli steel bike!

Wanted to do this for a while now. I'd earlier posted requesting your opinions on Lemond, Viner, Bianchi...

Been riding exclusively on aluminum for 15+ years, many years of riding on mostly Reynolds steel before that.

Had too many new/unused spares for my older bikes, mostly 8 speed, just sitting there in the basement.
So instead of keeping them in a box, I put some of them on a beautiful steel frame I found at GVH bikes.

Rides like a dream, everything I wanted from a classic bike with the convenience of newer components.

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My old bike, so she doesn't feel too left out
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Old 03-13-06, 07:34 PM
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WoW, I was so wanting to buid one of those Cinelli's too!

Very Nice
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Old 03-13-06, 08:10 PM
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she's a beauty.
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That's really very cool. My next project will be a classic Italian steel bike. That motivated me.
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Nice frame. How cool are those rear dropouts?

Just one thing - get some bloody white tape on.
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sweet where did you buy the frame? I'ts 99% beautiful... I"m curious about your choice of saddle? Also what kind of cages are those?
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geeezz, you bike made me droll
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AB FAB! quintessential bike
love that fork

what is that, a 60 cm? lotz of seatpost showin
you;re a tall one, aren't you?
lotz of drop to the bars - long arms also...
That frame is a big man's bike - rock solid on descents

enjoy
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Oh. My. Goodness.

(I wish I hadn't looked at the GVH website because they've got a Cinelli, in my size, in a sweet bright blue. It's killing me!)

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rather in-your-face colours, aside from that its pretty nice
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Beautiful bike. I've always loved the red and yellow combo.
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That's beautiful! Congratulations.
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Gorgeomous!! But let's talk about that saddle....
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That is gorgeous, rufvelo. Now uncover that saddle so we can see the yellow Selle Italia Flite .
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Originally Posted by mikeoverly
That is gorgeous, rufvelo. Now uncover that saddle so we can see the yellow Selle Italia Flite .

Yeah, what's up with that? You trying to tease us?

Awesome looking bike. Congratulations.
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Everyone, thanks for your comments.



For your specific comments/Qs...



ginger green "sweet where did you buy the frame?"

- From Tom at GVHBikes.com



fmw - "...My next project will be a classic Italian steel bike. That motivated me."
caloso - "...I wish I hadn't looked at the GVH website because they've got a Cinelli, in my size, in a sweet bright blue. It's killing me!"

- fmw, caloso, I predict you will both cave in and end up with a couple of fine Cinellis soon. It is futile to resist, I couldn't



classic1 - "Just one thing - get some bloody white tape on."
Pink_Ninja - "rather in-your-face colours, aside from that its pretty nice"

- classic1, Pink_Ninja, what's with the Aussie dislike of red/yellow? It's an Italian bike for heaven's sake. Although, I should have guessed, my sister's been living in Melbourne/Darwin for over a decade and I get the same from her too




cyclezen " what is that, a 60 cm? ..."

- It is a 58c-c. From my racing days on I've always ridden smaller frames. Ideal sizing for me is supposed to be 60c-c, but I much prefer the lighter smaller frames, shorter wheelbase and especially the increased front wheel stability when compensating with a longer 13/14 stem.



ginger green "I'ts 99% beautiful... I"m curious about your choice of saddle? Also what kind of cages are those?"
Olebiker "Gorgeomous!! But let's talk about that saddle...."
mikeoverly "That is gorgeous, rufvelo. Now uncover that saddle so we can see the yellow Selle Italia Flite"
bbattleo "Yeah, what's up with that? You trying to tease us?"

- I know, I know, I get a lot of grief for my choice of saddle(similar one on the Vitus above). Agree they're not too good looking. I'm very conservative about saddles not wanting to 'risk anything' In 90-91 I tried and settled on Avocet gel, bought four of them, also covered with a gel pad. I've since done about 80k miles on them. Saddle is supported by my favorite seat post, SunTour SuperbePro, also early 90s microadjust type. I just have so many spares sitting in the basement! Bottle cages are Elite.
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Thats a nice steelie!!!! I like the Cinelli-Steel!
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Originally Posted by GCRad1 View Post
Thats a nice steelie!!!! I like the Cinelli-Steel!
Cinellis are nice. Rufvelo's is cool with the older mix of components. The Cinelli paint, however, leaves a LOT to be desired...
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No complaints about the bike in 3 yrs since I was looking for more of a classic, and not a modern lightweight racing machine. The dumb Cateye Astrale still shows 0 though; changed batteries and the odometer resets to zero and can't be set back to the accumulated miles ...So I need to work out some contraption in the basement with a vice, drill and 4 magnets...
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Originally Posted by GCRad1 View Post
Thats a nice steelie!!!! I like the Cinelli-Steel!
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Originally Posted by rufvelo View Post
ginger green "sweet where did you buy the frame?"

- From Tom at GVHBikes.com
That's where mine came from

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Sweet!!
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Nice frame. How cool are those rear dropouts?

Just one thing - get some bloody white tape on.
They look like Shimano-UF (c. 1981) knock-offs:

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Nice build. The saddle looks like a couch and is just plain ugly. Is that the only saddle you find comfortable?
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Cinelli is the low profile classic in my mind. Not the profile of a Colnago, Bianchi or De Rosa - but as nice if not nicer because they are a bike that always means business.

Your steel frame is beautiful. Makes me want to sell my De Rosa Neo-P to make my rides all Cinelli. One thing I like about Cinelli is the ability to get posts/stems and saddles. YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOURS. Saddle that is. A gel cover is a band-aid for a bad saddle choice IMO. If you need the padding just get better knicks/bibs.

Why don't you find a retro Cinelli saddle and complete your project. It is mean't to be that way.

Oh, and some early 90'd Campy would help.... Shimano was never meant to be on a Cinelli. Love that frame.
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