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What's hanging in my garage?(6 posts)

What's hanging in my garage?pben
Aug 22, 2002 8:32 AM
Years ago (15+) I raced on a Saronni frameset. It was my first racing bike and to this day I don't really know who made the bike and would really like, and hope someone can give some insight. I have a suspicion that it is a Colnago. Here's why: 1. When I bought the bike Saronni was still riding on Colnagos for del Tongo. 2. The fork crown has the Colnago spade symbol. other possible reasons - Columbus SL tubing and Campy dropouts (not that these in and of themselves would lend to the frame being a Colnago, but are consistent Colnago stuff at the time). I am not a Colnago lover as so many on this board seem to be, however, I've been thinking of restoring it and most of all, just curious. Thanks to any and all help
re: What's hanging in my garage?tronracer
Aug 22, 2002 9:47 AM
Colnago's have a club, not a spade....If memory serves me correct, Mario Confente used spades. Can you post a pic? Help us to help you.


re: What's hanging in my garage?pben
Aug 22, 2002 2:01 PM
You're right, now I know why I keep losing to my buddies in poker. It acutally is a club. I'll try for a pic.
I believe your guess is rightWalter
Aug 22, 2002 4:34 PM
I'm not positive but the circumstantial evidence of the clubs is telling. To add to that Saronni won a Rainbow Jersey on an early Colnago Master in the early '80s. I'm pretty sure Saronni works for Ernesto and has for awhile as I've seen pictures of the 2 in business suits displaying various bikes and a notable shot of them with Enzo Ferrari. Finally I'm pretty sure that the red that my Master is painted is officially referred to as "Saronni" red though for touch-up purposes Testor's Model Master "Monza" red matches very well.

While I
i do
like Colnagos the fact that yours is labelled as a Saronni might make it even a bit better prospect for restoration.
I believe your guess is rightpben
Aug 23, 2002 6:26 AM
The crazy thing is that when I bought this bike I had no idea what it might be. It had been in the shop for about a year so they gave me a good deal on it, and it was the best I could afford. It was my first 'real' racing bike. I went from a very very low end univega that I did a couple of citizen races on. Got my USCF license and put the Saronni in lay away over the winter. I raced it through Cat 4 and into Cat 3 when I upgraded to a Ciocc w/Campy. But the Saronni really has some sentimental value since it was "my first"
re: What's hanging in my garage?rwbadley
Aug 23, 2002 3:36 PM
Colnago made bikes for anybody that would pay. I have a mid-80's Celo Europa Super that was Colnago built. This one actually has 'Colnago' dropouts (I wonder who made them?) Neat bike, it has Celo engraving all over it. SL tubing. Rides real well.