Re: [CR]Help identifying a Cinelli

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Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2006 19:52:03 -0600
From: "John Thompson" <>
Organization: The Crimson Permanent Assurance
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Subject: Re: [CR]Help identifying a Cinelli
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Amir Avitzur wrote:
> On my last ride a friend told me that he got started on an old,
> hand-me-down, Cinelli.
> This got me all excited so I visited him today.
> At a distance the bike looks quite elegant, but close up its rusty with
> rattle can paint.
> The only marks it has are "Cinelli S.C., Made in Italy" cast into the Bottom
> Bracket shell
> and Columbus engravings in the Fork Crown and conical seat stay ends.
> Could it be a mid-80's Cinelli like he thinks?
> Are there any other identifying marks to look for?

I don't know enough about Cinellis to tell you whether it is or isn't the real thing, but I can tell you that those items you mention -- Cinelli BB shell, Columbus seat stay ends and fork crown -- were common frame building materials in the 1980s and appeared on many bikes.

I rather suspect that a real Cinelli would have used Cinelli lugs and crown and have other distinguishing characteristics.

John (
Appleton WI USA