Colnago Nuovo Mexico (circa ’84)
Just got this last night,
here is a ‘preliminary sketch’
I’m in some vintage events this year for the long haul, and hopefully this bike will see me through.
I was using ’82 Campagnolo Nuovo Record, and Ambrosio Elite Clinchers.
The stem is 3TTT, with Ernesto’s panto graphed signature .
I’m still playing around with the build,
the spokes nipples on the rims have a little surface rust, so I want to get rid of that before completion.
I found this cheeky little stem, with Mr Colnago’s signature on it!
I still have more tweaking to do, and have to add this
I put cleats on for training,
You can see the profiling on the top tube,
and down tube,with milled and drilled gear levers.
The rear derailleur is ‘circa 72- a decade to early for the frameset,
so I will exchange for a circa ’82 rd.
I found some black Campagnolo ‘World’ logo lever hoods.
The levers have scratches, which I will exchange for some pristine ones,
but I don’t think these hoods would be strong enough to withstand a transplant,
the gum is starting to crack and perish.
The freewheel will be a Maillard.
A purest would use Regina Oro, but they are ridiculously expensive , and awkward/difficult to extract from a hub.
I’ve been out on it, but as the cables are new and outstretched, the drive-side rd shifter is over extending, so I’ll use the down time as an excuse to change things.
I’ve had a change of heart, and front and rear derailleurs and brake levers are Campagnolo Super Record, circa ’82.
The ‘new’ seat post is Super Record , pantographed with Colnago “Tricolor”.
I was originally going to use it with the “tricolor’ Super Record group I am installing on the Super ‘Saronni’, but was
quite severely scratched and marked.
I picked one up for the super in better condition, so I’m renovating this one for the Mexico.
I started buy soaking the post in oven cleaning foam, and leaving if for about 5-7 minutes.
After washing the residue off, I rubbed down with a fine wet and dry pad with paper.
The seat post was really quite scratched.
I have a set of Campagnolo Omega tubulars with SR hubs from a donor bike that I will train on the flat and smooth with.
I changed the crank and chain ring
I will add the rest of the Campagnolo super record components,
NOS black Campagnolo Super Record non aero lever hoods, and black Benotto bar tape.
My L’Eroica top
I did my first proper ‘event’ on it, 101km at L’Anjou
I rode with a Maillard 13/26 freewheel, which felt OK, but I fell on a corner, and
on inspection later, the freewheel was compromised.
I’m putting a Shimano 6 speed 14/28 freewheel on, as 28 is the maximum Campagnolo Super record is
meant to be able to work with , before having to extend/adapt the derailleur cage.
I picked up a wheelset in a thritf store the other day,Mavic G40 rims on Record hubs, with an odd front Mavic Motherly rim and Record hub front wheel..
and got a scrap piece of leather to wrap a spare inner tube, levers, air and pump under the saddle..
alas, now sold