I worked my way through high school and college as a bicycle mechanic at the "The Cycle Scene" bike shop down the street from our house starting in the late 1970s. I was a bike nerd back then and spent most of the money I earned on bike parts. During that time I built my dream bike:
I can't remember when I bought the frame, it was 77 or 78. The bike has had a number of mods over it's lifetime. I built several sets of wheels around the small flange Campy Nuovo hubs. I rode sewups/tubulars for a while. I had the current wheels built by Performance bikes in the 1990s and they probably have less than 100 miles on them. I had lost the bike bug by then...
Here is the current list parts list for any old school road bike fans out there:
- 63 cm Black Colnago Super frameset
- Campagnolo Nuovo Headset
- Cinelli Record Stem
- Cinelli Giro D'Italia bars
- Hand stitched leather bar wraps
- Galli Ti (titanium bolt) short reach brakes with Mathauser brake pads
- Colnago "panto" engraved Campagnolo Nuovo brake levers
- Campagnolo Nuovo shifters and Super Record front deraileur
- Colnago engraved Campagnolo Super Record crankset with 46/42 chainrings.
- O.M.A.S. sealed bearing bottom bracket with titanium spindle.
- Weyless sealed bearing pedals with Colnago decalled alloy toe clips, Binda straps
- Campagnolo Super Record rear deraileur with red anodyzed aluminum Bullseye sealed bearing pulleys
- Colnago engraved Campagnolo Nuovo(?) seat post
- Avocet saddle (I've probably had a dozen saddles on this bike over the years)
- Performance dual seat mount bottle cages
- Sedis chain (had a nicer chain at one point)
- Shimano alloy freewheel (many Italian freewheels over the years)
- Wheels are Campagnolo Nuovo small flange with chrome butted DT spokes, black anodized aluminum nipples, Mavic MA40 700c hard anodized (clincher) rims with 1" Performance tires.
- Yellow frame fit Silca pump.
- Yellow teflon lined cable housings.
- Mount for Cateye computer with cadence and rear wheel speedometer.
It needs a complete overhaul it hasn't had any maintenance in 15+ years.
I took it for a quick spin around the block probably five years ago and I still love how stiff it is for a large steel tube frame. Each push of the pedals and the bike lept foward. Thinking about it almost makes me want to do the overhaul and ride it again...