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what to do with vintage colnago???brooklyn
Nov 2, 2002 7:01 PM
i need help. i just was given a vintage colnago, blue with yellow decals, chrome fork and chrome rear stays. originally it was 5 speed that came with some campy nuvo parts stamped with colnago logo that are really worn. right now it is functional with a new rear wheel as a fixed gear bike.
i am not sure what to do with the bike. i want to keep it true to the heritage of the bike but cannot afford to do that by searching the internet for vintage campy parts. is it worth upgrading it or should i just ride it as a fixed gear?
Ride fixed nmrwbadley
Nov 2, 2002 9:41 PM
re: what to do with vintage colnago???desmo
Nov 3, 2002 7:52 AM
agreed, ride it. fixed, or however is more "true to the heritage" than restoring it and hanging it on a wall.

why won't somebody give me a vintage Colnago, hell I can't even find one to buy.
Upgrading is a bad word here ...Humma Hah
Nov 3, 2002 3:54 PM
... we may occasionally put some modern, or less retro, parts on a bike for a while until we can find the authentic parts, and we may take off the fancy stuff and go fixie, but we NEVER admit to upgrading a wonderful old treasure like that.
Upgrading is a bad word here ...brooklyn
Nov 3, 2002 7:13 PM
sorry about that. i did not mean to upgrade to campy record or dura ace, i meant to make it functional as geared ride. how much do you think it would cost to restore the bike
Any amount you want to spend ...Humma Hah
Nov 4, 2002 1:39 PM
... When I got the tour of CyclArt, Jim Cunningham showed me a photo album of jobs he's done. Some restorations he's done have gone for thousands of dollars. I ended up getting the old cruiser refinished for $360, cheap for CyclArt but pricy for painting a bike.

Then again, I just bought some parts for my old Paramount frame at a bicycle flea market. $2 for handlebars with stem and levers, $8 for a crankset, brakes for $10, $50 for a pair of track wheels. Only the wheels were the quality I sought. If I keep scrounging around, I'll probably find the remaining parts to build up a frame for $200 or less, most of the money going into the vintage Campy crank and chainring I want.
re: what to do with vintage colnago???brooklyn
Nov 5, 2002 11:18 AM
this is a pic that i took the other day. i know it is bad.