Friday, June 24, 2011

1960s Colnago









Early to mid-1960s Colnago bicycles are a very rare find. These had a head badge with "E. Colnago" and the model name, "La Freccia" with Cambiago underneath (related story here). So, when this bicycle appeared for sale I grabbed some photos. One thing we can ascertain with certainty: the inside photos were taken in the shop of Alberto Masi.

The seller wrote, "This is a great Colnago Super Freccia bike from 1960(s). Few bikes of this kind have survived in original painting. The lugs were hand cast by the man who subsequently received his appointment as a " Cavaliere del Lavoro" (Knight Master Artisan ) of the Italian Republic. The bike has all the original decals and the very very rare original badge. The kind of the frame looks like a second generation of the Colnago frame (you can see one Colnago pista bike of the first generation in original painting , 1958, on Classicrendevouz website ). This bike sports also all the original and period components like Campagnolo cranckset (50/46), Universal brakes, Campagnolo Gran Sport rear derailleurs, Bastia mudguards, Campagnolo pedals with Christophe toe clips and Alfredo Binda straps. We have also a Regina Extra chain and Regina Extra freewheel. The saddle is Cinelli Unicanitor and the bar with his stem are Cinelli in steel. The bike sizes are cm. 57 (c/t) or cm. 55 (c/c) x cm. 56,5 (c/c).

The bike has a great historical value for the Colnago brand."

I thought it would be worthwhile preserving the photos.

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