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Colnago Club(12 posts)

Colnago ClubGianni
Jul 25, 2002 11:15 AM
For those of you who are actually dreaming about owning a Colnago, here are a few examples of what happens when you ride a Colnago:

-You live in fear of scratches, dings, and nicks.
-Colnago's don't look good dirty; you must clean it frequently.
-People stare, not at you, but at your bike.
-Your mother, spouse, or cousin-in-law doesn't understand why it cost so much, and you can't really explain it to them.
-Everyone knows how much you paid for it. They know.
-When you have a bad day, you can NEVER blame the bike.
-On EVERY group ride you do, total strangers ask you if you like your bike, how it rides, etc.
-On EVERY group ride you do, total strangers ask you if you know somebody they know who also owns a Colnago.
-Unless you buy trade team uniforms, none of your club team clothes match your bike.
-You WILL be known as "The guy with the Colnago."
-Other people will feel good about themselves when they pass you.
-You will hear the words "nice bike" more than you will hear "hello" or "nice day, huh?"

That's all for now. There are more. I should know, I've been a recovered Colnagoholic for 1 year and 44 days.

Thanks for the heads up, G! My C40's on her way! : )kapalua
Jul 25, 2002 11:34 AM
re: Colnago ClubPaulCL
Jul 25, 2002 11:41 AM
I've been a member for 5 years. All of your comments are true. Yes, I do live in fear of scratches and dings...the horror.
scratches, dings and dirt part of the territorylonefrontranger
Jul 25, 2002 12:23 PM
If you think it's bad with a Colnago road bike, try riding a Colnago CROSS bike. Mine gets dumped into the weeds fairly regularly, and is currently wearing a thick coat of red Colorado dust over its natty AD-4 paint job (think tuxedo). Yes I wash it fairly often, but not more than other bikes I've owned. I love the way it handles and rides better than any offroad bike I've ever owned, but it is, after all, merely a bike.

I do have to agree with you on one count. Of all the bikes I have, the Colnago 'cross bike, clean or filthy is the biggest dude magnet I've ever ridden. The likes of Christian VandeVelde and Andy Hampsten have drooled over it, no less. There have been a number of occasions where guys made U-turns out on the road (or trail) just to ride alongside and ask me questions about it.

I'd been riding the 'cross bike quite a bit on the local trails (prior to breaking my collarbone a few days ago). One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is how even baggy-pantsed dualie freerider types will stop and ogle and chat up my 'crossie. :)
scratches, dings and dirt part of the territorydealy663
Jul 25, 2002 12:43 PM
Aaaahhh, they've just found an excuse to break the ice and chat you up!

well perhapslonefrontranger
Jul 25, 2002 1:22 PM
I never get this response when riding my Record-equipped one-off custom-made-in-Boulder Morgul Bismark with aero tubeset. It's a gorgeous bike with a dreamy paint job, but somehow doesn't warrant a second look from most, even with all the tricked-out componentry.

No, it's that 'cross bike. I've never been the type of girl that guys chat up anyhow (those who've known me as an official and race promoter in the past would probably tend to run the other way...) I'm pretty much the garden variety middle-aged female racer chick; blocky, flat-chested, bad tan lines, worse scars, and with what my boyfriend kindly terms an "angry lesbian" haircut ;-)
LOL .....Spirito
Jul 25, 2002 2:09 PM
you are beautiful :-)

you ride and you love it .... nuff said. any chick that rides is special ... "angry lesbian" haircuts or not - more is better.

"ALH" ===> very funny!!!JohnG
Jul 25, 2002 6:23 PM
But we know the truth! :)

Hey, are you out and about now??? Dang, your crash sounded pretty ugly.

Hope you're doing well
my experienceDougSloan
Jul 25, 2002 12:47 PM
-I really don't care much about scratches, dings, and nicks - it's still just a bike.
-No bikes look good dirty; I clean them all frequently.
-People stare at that idiot riding in 104 degree heat.
-Your mother, spouse, and cousin-in-law have no idea what it costs, and you will never explain it to them.
-Everyone knows you paid too much for it.
-When you have a bad day, you can always blame the tires.
-On EVERY group ride you do, total strangers leave you in the dust, as the bike doesn't make you any faster.
-No clothes match your bike (Geo).
-You WILL be known as "The (slow) guy with the Colnago."
-Other people will feel good about themselves when they pass you; and this is a lot of people.
-You will hear the words "nice bike" more than you will hear "hello" or "nice day", but then we are talking about socially inept cyclists, right?

Jersey to match your Geo (maybe...)5ive
Jul 25, 2002 12:58 PM
Closest I can think of...
Is this a bait post?....... it's just a f'ing bike...... nmJohnG
Jul 25, 2002 6:20 PM
Re: Colnago ClubGianni
Jul 26, 2002 6:00 AM
For the record,I no longer ride a Colnago. True, it rode well, but no better than my current team bike. It was just a bike, nothing majic. Those who think you will ride better with one are serverely mistaken, unless you're coming off a tricylce. Just tape your bank statement to your seatpost and you'll get the same effect as owning a Colnago.