Kurt Sperry wrote, in part:
"in taste to go from the classic Cinelli look to the major fugly flying C kit. I know it's shallow, but to me it's just not Cinelli anymore after the change."
I must strongly differ with you here. Cinellis made between 1979 or so, and 1983, say, were still very much Cinellis. I have what is probably an early 80s Super Corsa, flying C graphics, and it is an extremely pretty bike, as well as quite refined in its handling. All the traditional details are there. Silver paint, the classic sloping crown, the 26.2 seat-lug inner diameter, the three-hole pressed and chromed lugs. The bike is beautiful, and I love the early flying "C" graphics package. It's understated and very, very elegant, in my view.
Now, once the seat-lug diameter changed, and Cinelli/Columbus went to the short-point cast lugs, then I'd have to agree, the bikes don't do much for me either. But the original flying C graphics package is very fine, and the last of the bikes with the 26.2 lug diameter are very fine too.
Charles "I have a '72 SC too. And a 1952 Cinelli B with a TDF derailleur, and I like all three equally well, in their own special ways" Andrews SoCal