My understanding is that Cinelli track bars (model 14) used on Schwinn Paramounts, in particular, had no Cinelli markings on them.
> How does one identify real Cinelli steel handlebars?
> I recently won an Ebay auction for a bike with Cinelli steel stem ( a
> bit rusty ) and steel handlebars. The bars are in reasonable shape but
> could use a re-chroming. There are no engravings or marking on the bars
> that I can find. The bars had tan end plastic 'covers' - not plugs that
> fit over the ends of the bars that say Cinelli - Milano.
> pagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1 is the bike I got. Lousy pictures
> and specs are why I got a good deal. (165 pista crankset with raised
> pedal lip, steel pista headset, proper 70-P-120 BB, Campy high flange
> hubs, etc.
> My question is: Are genuine Cinelli steel bars usually marked or
> engraved in some way?
> The seller of a lovely stem/HB set on Ebay which closes in less than two
> hours very pointedly declined to answer my question as to whether there
> were any markings on the bars that identified them as Cinelli.
> Can someone 'splain all this to me?
> Ken Sanford
> Kensington, MD