Richard Sachs wrote:
i have some pics in a 1971 zine showing a pre-clover colnago head tube decal. i'll assume the pic was at least a year old at that point. e-RICHIE Richard Sachs Cycles No.9, North Main Street
I'm assuming the decals Richard is referring to are the so-called *playing card* decals that showed up on the first batch of frames VeloSport in Berkeley brought in in 1969. These graphics are clearly recognizable as a close relative of the graphics that showed up soon thereafter, the ones we are most familiar with on early 70s Supers.
However, there is a photo floating around of a 60s Colnago (I saw it in a book somewhere, but I'll be darned if I can remember where now, Frank Berto's derailleur book maybe? Or that nice picture book about the Tour de France whose author escapes me at the moment? One of those, I think), with a very different graphics set from any I've ever seen in the flesh, almost cartoon-like (in Mike Kone's words)...it sounds like Johann picked up that set of graphics. If so, Johann, that is very cool and I would love to see some pics of them!
Unless my memory is faulty (always a distinct possibility), wasn't Ernesto making frames under his own name as early as the late 1950s? Now *there'd* be a cool bike. A 50s Colnago. Or early 60s, anyway.
Charles "can't have too many Colnagos" Andrews Los Angeles