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Finished my Colnago

Old 05-23-09, 05:11 PM
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Finished my Colnago

It's sweet. Still waiting on my Cinelli stem and bars so I'm using the Nitto bars off my vintage Univega.
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Old 05-23-09, 05:16 PM
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Nice! How many gear inches?
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Old 05-23-09, 05:20 PM
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Looks good!
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Old 05-23-09, 05:23 PM
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yeah thats an amazing conversion.
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Old 05-23-09, 05:41 PM
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Thanks! I'm running a 46 and 17. Not sure how many gear inches that is? It's a Vintage campy record crank with Colnago engraved on the arms It rides like a dream!
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Old 05-23-09, 05:42 PM
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A real beaut!
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Old 05-23-09, 05:44 PM
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That's about 73 GI: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears/
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Old 05-24-09, 03:05 PM
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should've left it as a road bike.
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Old 05-24-09, 03:16 PM
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Would it kill you to install your hoods properly? It's jarring to have them too high on an otherwise nice build.
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one of the few conversions i would agree with...
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Originally Posted by clink83 View Post
Would it kill you to install your hoods properly? It's jarring to have them too high on an otherwise nice build.
mounting them high approximates the comfort of modern hoods at the expense of lever reach from the drops.

It's sad to see such a nice bike converted and sadder still to see the obligatory hipster brooks tossed on it but it could be a lot worse.
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Old 05-24-09, 03:51 PM
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looks sweet man, im jealous
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Wow that's a nice frame. Too bad it's been put to waste.
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Originally Posted by robertkat View Post
Wow that's a nice frame. Too bad it's been put to waste.
+1. Why wouldn't you build that up as a road bike? It's an amazing frame.
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Originally Posted by dddave View Post
should've left it as a road bike.
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Wow that's a nice frame. Too bad it's been put to waste.
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+1. Why wouldn't you build that up as a road bike? It's an amazing frame.
the facts are that that is an amazing single gear, it would have been or was an amazing geared scalpel, and many people dont and cant have one. ride on!
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OP, the bike looks great! I'll bet it's a wonderful ride. I am guessing that you are taking it out on longer rides because of the water bottle and saddle bag. I am not sure why BF SSFG members feel that nice bikes have to have gears, so just ignore all of those Negative-Nancies. If I had a Colnago frameset, I'd probably build it up as a single speed, too, as I don't need another geared road bike.
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Old 05-25-09, 07:29 AM
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Yeah, I went 25 miles yesterday and it was amazing. I got it as a frame so I didn't convert anything ... I can always add gears later but I'm enjoying the heck out of it as it is!
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Old 05-25-09, 08:16 AM
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i knew there would be some complaints about this build, but are we really being that picky? his hoods look fine to me, given the curve in his levers. and sad to see a brooks on a vintage colnago??? come on guys. also, if i remember correctly, the OP bought this as just a frame/fork, so at least it's back on the road. it's not like he bought a full bike and stripped all the **** off it (someone else takes that blame)
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Old 05-25-09, 08:23 AM
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Why not add a rear brake too?
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Originally Posted by wearyourtruth View Post
and sad to see a brooks on a vintage colnago???
Yeah look at pictures of colnagos of that vintage. Brooks had been dumped by then. They're incredibly ****ty saddles for a road bike.
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Well, I'm sure it was mostly added as a fashion item as it is on most bikes nowadays.
The bottom line is that theyre ugly, heavy and not that comfortable for real riding IMO.
Most people that run them are only headed to Hole Foods for more bananas anyway.
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jesus you guys make so many generalizations. I just bought a bike that came w/ a B17 and I love it. It's the most comfortable saddle I have ever had and I have owned many saddles. Bad for a road bike? Maybe in the sense that it's havy but it's extremely comfortable. Do you guys even know what you're talking about?

I hate the way mine looks, but I keep it on b/c it's comfy.
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Old 05-25-09, 12:53 PM
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Gnugear, awesome bike! Glad to see you finished building it up.

Are those Campy road or pista cranks?

More pics would be great. I'd be interested to see a close up of the engraved cransket.

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Originally Posted by wearyourtruth View Post
i knew there would be some complaints about this build, but are we really being that picky? his hoods look fine to me, given the curve in his levers. and sad to see a brooks on a vintage colnago??? come on guys. also, if i remember correctly, the OP bought this as just a frame/fork, so at least it's back on the road. it's not like he bought a full bike and stripped all the **** off it (someone else takes that blame)
The diffrence between a great bike and a normal bike is in the details IMO. Brake levers are usually desgined to be set up vertical, with the bottoms more or less level the bottom of the drops. I don't know about you, but I like to be able to use my brakes properly when my hands are in the drops.
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Originally Posted by deathhare View Post
Why not add a rear brake too?
I was about to say this.
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