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Old 07-14-12, 04:17 PM
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Colnago Super circa 1980

We bought this bike used 1985 in Southern France, and since moving to Sweden in 1987 it has been hanging in my parents garage and gets ridden a couple of times a year when we come to visit. The derailleurs are Campy Super Records, from the late 70s. I will probably upgrade the wheels next time I visit... Despite being low tech and relatively heavy, it's still a sweet ride.
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Originally Posted by kingfishr
We bought this bike used 1985 in Southern France, and since moving to Sweden in 1987 it has been hanging in my parents garage and gets ridden a couple of times a year when we come to visit. The derailleurs are Campy Super Records, from the late 70s. I will probably upgrade the wheels next time I visit... Despite being low tech and relatively heavy, it's still a sweet ride.
The red pedals and yellow tape is not working for me. I think they should both be white

Still, very cool bike. You get extra points for having he look pedals and garmin on a vintage ride. I love riding vintage bikes with modern touch points ( pedals, saddle, tape)

Here is my bike for tape/pedal evidence:

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Originally Posted by kingfishr
We bought this bike used 1985 in Southern France, and since moving to Sweden in 1987 it has been hanging in my parents garage and gets ridden a couple of times a year when we come to visit. The derailleurs are Campy Super Records, from the late 70s. I will probably upgrade the wheels next time I visit... Despite being low tech and relatively heavy, it's still a sweet ride.
So cool it is so, so hot.

I would not change a thing. Anything new must match the old. I would even take out the speed cadence sensor and magnet.

Once again, it is so cool it is so hot.

Thanks for sharing.

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I would even take out the speed cadence sensor and magnet.
I use rely on the garmins gps for speed and distance when I ride my older bike but if this is his main ride I vote leave the sensor.
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That Colnago is hot. Great bike.
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Originally Posted by kingfishr
We bought this bike used 1985 in Southern France, and since moving to Sweden in 1987 it has been hanging in my parents garage and gets ridden a couple of times a year when we come to visit. The derailleurs are Campy Super Records, from the late 70s. I will probably upgrade the wheels next time I visit... Despite being low tech and relatively heavy, it's still a sweet ride.
Relax your cables. Otherwise beautiful.
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Originally Posted by IthaDan
Relax your cables. Otherwise beautiful.
That's period correct.
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That's period correct.
Not quite. The "proper" routing would have the cables going behind the bars, not in front of the bars.

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Thanks for the tip on the cables, (and all other comments) I actually just replaced them and noted they were behind the handlebars, and thought it was a mistake; so will have to correct that.


Originally Posted by canyoneagle
Not quite. The "proper" routing would have the cables going behind the bars, not in front of the bars.

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Originally Posted by canyoneagle
Not quite. The "proper" routing would have the cables going behind the bars, not in front of the bars.
"Proper" is good in quotes, as in "preferred." I don't think there's a right or wrong here, though behind the bars is a lot more common. I've always routed my cables in front of the bar, they stay out of the way better, handlebar/cockpit is cleaner. Functionally no difference. When I wrenched in the early '80s our shop and a lot of others routed in front of the bars.
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Originally Posted by pcb
"Proper" is good in quotes, as in "preferred." I don't think there's a right or wrong here, though behind the bars is a lot more common. I've always routed my cables in front of the bar, they stay out of the way better, handlebar/cockpit is cleaner. Functionally no difference. When I wrenched in the early '80s our shop and a lot of others routed in front of the bars.
Yep, I agree. I also wrenched in the 70's and 80's. The main issue with the front routing is that on smaller frames with stems longer than 70mm or so, the cable to the front brake can get a bit sharp. Not so much an issue on larger frames. The rear cable does not matter nearly as much.
Most C&V folks tend to stick with the rear routing to maintain the "preferred" set up for "most" of the racers in the day.

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Originally Posted by canyoneagle
Yep, I agree. I also wrenched in the 70's and 80's. The main issue with the front routing is that on smaller frames with stems longer than 70mm or so, the cable to the front brake can get a bit sharp. Not so much an issue on larger frames. The rear cable does not matter nearly as much.
Most C&V folks tend to stick with the rear routing to maintain the "preferred" set up for "most" of the racers in the day.
+1 on small frame sidepull setups, also on almost any size frame with front centerpulls or cantilevers, especially with the casing stop on the headset stack. You can't get smooth cable travel routing in front of the bars unless you're using a noodle, or a casing stop that mounts like a reflector bracket, through the fork crown brake hole.
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I recently posted pictures of my new Colnago C59Italia. I have owned the bike for a month now and have put nearly 600 miles on the bike (it would be higher mileage, but the Colnago shares riding time with the Bianchi and the Bottecchia).

I recently switched to Campy Eurus wheels and, for a little contrast, I changed the brake hoods from black to white.

What do you guys think? Do the changes make the bike hotter or just the same?

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NOTE: The second set of pics is a bit crappy because I had to use my cellphone. My kid just borrowed my good camera. I wonder when I will see it again.





Right side with Ambrosio wheels and black brake hoods




Right side with Eurus wheels and white hoods



Left side with Ambrosio wheels and black brake hoods



Left side with Eurus wheels and white hoods



Handlebars with black brake hoods



Handlebars with white brake hoods

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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia
What do you guys think? Do the changes make the bike hotter or just the same?
Not crazy about the white hoods with black bar tape.
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The white hoods with black tape make me think of wingtips. Not everybody's cup of tea, but classy nonetheless.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia
Begs gor a white saddle and bar tape with black hoods. Like the Campy wheels.
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Originally Posted by dgasmd
Begs gor a white saddle and bar tape with black hoods. Like the Campy wheels.
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Originally Posted by DS113
The white hoods with black tape make me think of wingtips. Not everybody's cup of tea, but classy nonetheless.
Thanks.

I was just trying to channel Voeckler's C59 TdF bike (and his fighting spirit).

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Originally Posted by dgasmd
Begs gor a white saddle and bar tape with black hoods. Like the Campy wheels.
I have a white saddle on my Bottecchia, and I have had white handlebar tape on my Bianchi. Both combos look great, but but it is such a PITA to keep them clean.
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DSC_0052 by El-Carpaso, on Flickr

It's not completely stock. New wheels which are quite nice actually.
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Originally Posted by kingfishr
Hot. The pedals and sensor are a little disturbing but the rest is "Super." (Or is it a Mexico?)

Originally Posted by canyoneagle
Not quite. The "proper" routing would have the cables going behind the bars, not in front of the bars.

Glad that I have something in common with The Cannibal. My C&V ride, a 1975 Bianchi Specialissima:


Straight block 5-speed gets extra hotness points?


I need to take some new photos of the bike as I've cleaned up the freewheel and found and bought long dropout adjustment screws.
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Originally Posted by Cleave
Hot. The pedals and sensor are a little disturbing but the rest is "Super." (Or is it a Mexico?)



Glad that I have something in common with The Cannibal. My C&V ride, a 1975 Bianchi Specialissima:


Straight block 5-speed gets extra hotness points?


I need to take some new photos of the bike as I've cleaned up the freewheel and found and bought long dropout adjustment screws.
Love old school gear...5 speeds from the days when men were men!
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Originally Posted by elcruxio

DSC_0052 by El-Carpaso, on Flickr

It's not completely stock. New wheels which are quite nice actually.
Get those hoods down and you're on to something.
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird
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