[CR]Help needed to identify a Colnago...finally some photos!

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From: "Steve McFee" <steve.mcfee@mcgill.ca>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2005 19:57:13 -0400
Subject: [CR]Help needed to identify a Colnago...finally some photos!


Many thanks to all of you who tried to help me identify my bike earlier - without photographs. There have been many delays (all at my end), but I have finally had some photos of the bike taken, and they are now posted in my new online album hosted by webshots.com. My original posting to the CR list is appended below, and the corresponding photos can be found at:


I would appreciate any help and/or advice you could provide on tracking down the model and manufacture date of this bike. Based on my rather limited research findings since my first posting, it now appears that the fork may not be original to the frame (although this has not been confirmed) and it is fairly evident that both of the main black on white "Colnago" labels (including all the black and white clovers) are not decals; rather they appear to be painted directly on the seat and down tubes (although I find this hard to believe). However, it is clear that the "Gilco" and "Campagnolo" labels are stick-on decals; the world championship and the thin gold border striping at the ends of the main black on white "Colnago" labels are only stick-on decals as well. The preliminary consensus thus far is that my bike is probably a Colnago Master, dating from sometime in the 80's. I hope that the photos serve to add some clarity, perhaps even prompt some recognition, and possibly hint at a more definitive identification.

Thank you all very much in advance for any help you are able to provide.

Best wishes,

Steve McFee (Montreal, Canada).

-----Original Message----- From: Steve McFee [mailto:steve.mcfee@mcgill.ca] Sent: January 21, 2005 2:52 PM To: 'classicrendezvous@bikelist.org' Subject: Help needed to identify a Colnago...


I have been having a lot of difficulty locating anyone who can help me in this matter, and I was just referred to try contacting Classicrendezvous, to check if anyone might be able to offer me some help and/or advice.

I recently purchased what appears to be an older (steel) Colnago road frame, and I have been trying to get some information about it. Ideally, I would like to find out the name of the model, and also the year it was manufactured. Is there any chance that any of you can help me, or perhaps recommend me to someone else who could? The serial number on the frame (located on the rear wheel dropout) is 4A214. The label identifying the Columbus tubing set states: "Gilco Design; Profilo S4". The fork has straight blades, and appears to be entirely chrome. The front lugs are mainly chrome, and both the seat and chain stay arms are mainly chrome. The rear dropout and derailleur hanger are also chrome. The remainder of the steel frame is painted in a glossy finish, medium-dark tone, wine red color, and the "Colnago" name (printed on the seat and down tubes) is in black lettering on a white background (both ends of the white background section on the seat tube is banded with what appears to be world championship stripes) . The rear brake cable runs internally through the top tube. Finally, there does not seem to be any model name indicated anywhere on the frame.

I would appreciate any help or advice you could offer to help me track down some information on this bike.

Thanks very much to all of you in advance for your time and consideration in this matter.

Best wishes to one and all,

Steve McFee (Montreal, Canada).