Rare Colnago Mexico Time Trial/ Lo-Pro

This was listed recently on a well known on-line auction site…

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The vendor lists the frame as being from 1972, but given the Colnago lettering inside the seat stay hollow, I’d say more likely late ’70′s-early ’80′s, and the gruppo  is Campagnolo Victory, so later than the frame..

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the frame was ahead of its time, as it has an internal cable guide on the top tube, which wasn’t implemented on the ”off the peg” Colnago frames until the early ’90′s

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the brake calipers are also at the rear of the front forks and and rear stays, for aerodynamic benefits

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also of interest are the forks, no caliper bolt hole at the front, Colnago stamped near the crown, and an aero profile..

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There is only one shifter on the down tube, with one outer chain ring and also integrated wiring,via down tube and exiting the bottom bracket shell underneath the chain stay…

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There are crimps on the down tube,top tube, seat tube and on the inside of the stays, very rare for a Colnago Mexico..

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the stem and bars are unusual as well, the stem would also compliment the Colnago Oval CX, and the quill part is smaller than normal stems, and the bars are stamped in black 3TTT..

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for something this unique, I don’t think the price is extreme, and I have actually bought parts from the vendor in the past, and would recommend him.

Listed here

NOS Campagnolo Mountain Bike Gruppo

I saw this NOS Campagnolo MTB Gruppo on a recent online auction trawl….

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quite something altogether in boxes….

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I have a number of  steel Italian MTB projects yet to finish, but I finally managed to get 5 groups practically complete…

I just need a brake set…

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left to right are Campagnolo Record O R and Campagnolo Olympus, with thumb shifters, both used condition..

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Left to right again, NOS Campagnolo Olympus with Bullet shifters, and a mix of used/NOS Olympus with thumb shifters…

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Tour D’Historique 2014

I managed to attend this event in Haarlem again, I took the Colnago Nuovo Mexico,

I found a square of scrap leather, and as I was riding clinchers, wrapped up a spare inner tube, air , pump and levers..

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I wore these Sidi shoes..

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I trimmed the leather wrap up for the ride, here it is at the start point next to an exquisite example of a Pinarello Montello..

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there was a pristine Colnago Master Olympic…

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and this Gentleman on his fine Springfield Special, hand made in Haarlem…

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A De Rosa …

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a couple of Colnago Super examples in Saronni Red,this is the first..

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a Mercian owned by a German rider…

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a fabulous example of a Masi Prestige

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the second Saronni Super, owned by a friend, he had it refurbished and mounted Campagnolo Cobalto brakes and a practically nos Campagnolo Super Record gruppo…

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nice to see a Rossin, even better one with chromed head tube lugging..

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a brace of Chesini Chromovelato, the owner is a serious Chesini collector, possibly the worlds biggest,

quietly spoken, and real Gent…

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the Tour’s first rest was in Haarlem’s famous market square…

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I got talking with the owner of this..

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a 1955 Torpado, which he imported from Italy…

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complete with period correct campagnolo gruppo

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the second stop was in the picturesque village of Spaarndam..

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the battery went on my phone, so no more pictures, but it was a great day, riding with friends and fellow enthusiasts..

if you’re in the region next year, give it a go, here’s the link

http://www.tourdhistorique.nl/