Mr Ernesto Colnago, his factory and saarf.london

Mr Colnago

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After I completed the 137 km and ‘Concurse D’ Elegance’ at L’Eroica XX Gaiole 2016,

I went to the Colnago factory , where I was greeted by Laura , and left my bike in the work shop  area.

I asked if she minded answering a few questions and she very kindly introduced me to Alex Colnago , who was also very , very kind by letting me ask him a few questions .

The first I asked was if there are any distinctive marks on Gloria race bikes circa the mid ’60’s which would indicate his Uncles hand , sadly there are none.

I could have sat for years talking to Alex about his Uncle and the brand , but did not want to take up too much of his time , Laura then led me into the musuem…

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I was floating on air just being on the premises to be honest , so did not have

the presence of mind to be on point with picture quality , so please forgive …

these are the C40’s that smashed the Hell Of The North..

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and a Gloria Mr Colnago himself rode when he raced…

I was left alone to take some more (poor) images , and did not want to overimpose on

such hospitality by spending too long , so I left , and went back , thanking Alex and Laura

then , it happend

Laura said words I will never forget…

“Mr Colnago is in his office now, you can go and see him…”

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such an amazing man , I was like a little boy , I pledged my loyalty and said I would never let him down .

Thank you Laura for making it happen , thank you Alex for your patience with me ,

and Mr Colnago , thank you for the joy you bring.

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saarf.london @ “Concurse D’ Elegance” L’Eroica XX 2016 , Gaiole , Chianti

Races and Events

My first L’Eroica, Gaiole ride, and I made the ‘concurse’….

I arrived on the friday afternoon, and soaked up the vibe…

 There were over 7100 bicycles in the whole event , and this year , the XX aniversary event , was the first year of the ‘Concurse D’Elegance’ , less than 100 bicycles made it, including my Colnago Super CX…

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the bike faced serious competition..

I was blessed with the company of two other qualifiers from the U.K., Bob with his beautiful Hetchins who achieved 3rd place !!!

and Dave with a beautiful Gios Torino ,  seen in the crowd here in his Brooklyn jersey..

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Dave’s Gios Torino won an award as well i think…

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so I was over the moon that my two new friends won, I never expected anything , I was just happy being there…

On Sunday, I did the 137 km ride…here with a 6 a.m. start..

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and at the finish , after two downhill crashes and a few hill walk ups..

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Colnago C40 , 1st gen,Mapei Black Art Decor

Colnago C40, 1st generation, Some of the bikes & frames I've sold

Colnago C40 1st generation Mapei Black Art Decor…

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full round tubed carbon frame and ‘precisca’ forks , ( precursor to the carbon crimp tubed later models ) , came with Campagnolo Chorus 2×9 gruppo , this is a custom model, as it has internal cable routing on the top tube…

28510615265_2e6ae612ed_o Herman Frison according to Wikipedia is  a Belgian pro rider who won a stage tour of the Tour De France…

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How to identify a Colnago Nuovo Mexico from a Colnago Super (profil)

How to identify a Colnago Nuovo Mexico

I get a fair amount of requests to appraise vintage Colnago roadbikes,(which is always a pleasure), and amongst those fine steel steeds have been a number of  questions regarding the Colnago Nuovo Mexico model, (circa 1984).

More often than not the owner has one of these, which were more common, the Colnago Super (profil), which can be identified from one crimp either side and center on the top tube, one either side and center on the down tube, and inside the chain stays

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a Colnago Nuovo Mexico has two crimps either side and center on the top tube, 2 crimps off center either side of the down tube (so dt has 4 crimps in total!) , and none inside the chain stays

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Rare (rare) Cinelli Laser Track Pursuit

Dream bikes and frames

Well, as lovers of fine bicycles, we are all aware of the rare Cinelli Laser Track Pursuit,

this one is extra rare…

“…PERSONALLY DECLARED FROM ANTONIO COLOMBO CHIEF  OF THE CINELLI  ,   HE LET  BUILT SEVEN  SPECIAL CINELLI LASER PURSUIT BIKES WITH DIFFERENT  GEOMETRIES FOR THE HOUR RECORD AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1985 FOR  HANS HENRICK OERSTED . WITH THIS BIKES HE WINS BOTH.  ONE OF THIS BIKES IS IN THE OFFICE OF MR COLOMBO REVISITED BY KEITH HARING . AN OTHER OF THIS SEVEN BIKES WAS GIVEN PERSONALLY FROM ANTONIO  COLOMBO IN 1992 TO THE COMIX ARTIST IGOR TUVERI  WHO RESTYLED THE BIKE ….MR COLOMBO WRITE ” LOT OF MEMORIES AROUND HER AND THE  ARTIST IS A  MITH OF COMIX ART : IGOR TUVERI . WAS PRESENTED IN A MILANO GALLERY …EVERYTHING WAS ORGANIZED BY ME..”

quite a piece…

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purported to have been built for Igor Tuveri, circa 1992,

currently listed on ebay

Krit’s Colnago Oval CX

Dream bikes and frames

About a year ago, Krit, a reader of this blog, contacted me with this story and images.The bike in question, is actually purported to be the first Colnago Oval Cx..

S__7594083[2] an absolutely stunning example, said to have been made by Ernesto Colnago himself..

“Not sure if you can recall. We did talk a year ago about Colnago CX that I bought from a collector in US. The one that is claimed to be the first Colnago Oval CX made by Ernesto himself and it has no serial number. Due to extended custom clearance process, I just got this bike few week ago. …I was told by the previous owner that this Oval CX, together with another including Arabesque and others were all trade show bikes that were made for the Paris, Milan and New York in 80’s. After the last stop which was New York, these bike were not shipped back to Italy but sold to a famous bike shop in New York called Conrads, located in Manhattan which was an upscale bike shop. This might be because Conrads bike shop was a major importer of Italian bikes to US at that time but I am not sure if this bike shop is still existed. There was a guy bought these bikes from Conrads and sold them to a collector that I bough this bike from.”

Krit also was lucky to be able to purchase and original Colnago Arabesque from the same vendor, quite a pair to find!

(I look forward to seeing the Arabesque Krit!)

If any other readers have any rare Colnagos , please feel free to share here (or ask for an appraisal ) .