Sunday, March 15, 2015

1953 Cinelli

A reader writes, "It all starts around 1960-61 when I was 13 or 14 years old, I bought a 1953 Cinelli Super Corsa from a school friend.


I soon had it re-sprayed as it was looking a bit tired and at that age originality did not seem important. After a few years I took up motorcycling and passed my Cinelli on to my younger brother, who used it as a ride to work bike for some years, but when he moved house he stopped using it as the distance was a lot further. Eventually after many unfortunate modifications, the bike was put in his shed, where it remained for many years, and my pleading to have the bike back fell on deaf ears.

Meanwhile, I acquired a 1985 Cinelli which only made me even more desperate to save my old bike, but my brother would not part with it. Then in December 2014 my brother was packing to move house again, and unlocked his shed for the first time in many years, only to find that the roof had collapsed and the bike had been open to the elements for several years. At last he relented and let me take possession of the bike, which proved to be in a terrible state.



Over the last two months I have stripped the bike back to bare metal, brazed on all the gear cable lugs which had disappeared over the years, and welded on a new gear hanger lug which had been hack-sawed off, interestingly the chain-stays have dragonfly logos stamped on them on the bottom bracket the number 585 is stamped and also & GR 14; the number 585 is repeated on the front forks.




Fortunately I am an engineer and I have accumulated a very good workshop over many years, so I was able to make many of the missing or un-usable parts, but the chain-set and wheels are later components as 50's parts are very hard to find. At last the bike is finished it has been sprayed brown with the colour scheme exactly as it was when I first met the bike back in the sixties, and I hope it will never be allowed to fall into disrepair again. It is so nice to see an old friend looking so well after over 50 years.

I hope this is the kind of story you want for your "Cinelli Only" website which I have found to be very informative."

Notes: a 1952 catalog drawing hereThe dragonfly stamp signifies that the steel tubing, "Libellula", was manufactured by Castello Mario & Figlio of Torino:


Here is another early 1950s Cinelli with the dragonfly stamp.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Giotto Cinelli Stem (?) Badge

This smaller Giotto Cinelli badge, believed to be for a stem(?), has been discovered:


 The larger badge is a headtube badge,

For more about Giotto Cinelli use the search function in the upper left.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Antonio Colombo with Laser


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Köthge



Thanks to reader Ingo who sends this photo of #1248 that is painted in "Köthge", adding "Has probably been a long time in Milan ... used very little .... some parts NOS."

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Centurion

From previous posts we know there were made-to-look-like Cinelli bicycles, Windsor  and Raysport, and the Centurion Professional.

Below are photos of a Windsor badged as a Centurion. The story behind this bicycle is supposedly that when Western States Import Co. (WSI), owner of the Centurion brand, decided to offer their top of the line Professional model, they first went to Windsor to have them built. Later, the production of the Centurion Professional switched to Japan (as shown in the Centurion link in paragraph above).







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Thursday, January 1, 2015

UVI Pista N.5

Let's start 2015 with this: a circa 1956 Cinelli Super Corsa Pista- Built for and raced by the Italian National Pursuit Team UVI (Unione Velocipedistica Italiana); Dolomiti saddle, unknown headset, Magistroni crankset, Wippermann inch-pitch block chain, Magistroni bottom bracket, Campagnolo cog, FB Hubs, Cinelli stem, unknown bars, Sheffield pedals.

These bikes don’t have serial numbers per se, but rather their UVI number is stamped on the right/drive side of the seat cluster (see last picture). These UVI bicycle are extraordinarily rare. Here are pictures of N.5. (the highest number I'm aware of is 48):






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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Maestro Saddle




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