Re: [CR] Colnago track reputedly built for Eddy Merckx (eBay)

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From: "Steve Leitgen" <sleitgen@charter.net>
Subject: Re: [CR] Colnago track reputedly built for Eddy Merckx (eBay)
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 06:03:44 -0500
To: "Mark Bulgier" <Mark@bulgier.net>
cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org

Cec was a good friend up to his end so let me put my two cents in.

Arguing against this being a Merckx bike is the fact that it doesn't have one of the stems that Behringer made for the project. Cec welded three titanium stems. This surely doesn't look like one of them. The second thing is that this bike looks awfully big to have been Merckx's bike. I suppose that you could check the tubing. I believe the bikes were made with Columbus Record tubing.

Arguing for this being a Merckx bike is the fact that Cec had nothing but contempt for Colnago bikes. He considered them to be junk with a lot of hype. The only reason he would have the bike is if someone gave it to him.

If I was to bet it would be that the BB and selected other parts were from the group that Cec and Pino made for Merckx and the frame is something that he acquired along the way.

Steve Leitgen La Crosse, WI

On Jul 10, 2006, at 2:40 AM, Mark Bulgier wrote:
> Ooh here's a juicy one: Colnago track reputedly built for Eddy Merckx
>
> http://ebay.com/<blah>
>
>> From auction description: "Acquired from Cecil Behringer by previous
> owner. Mr Behringer told him the bike was part of Merckx's hour record
> attempt, but would say no more" Seller does say it's clearly NOT
> "the"
> hour record bike, but may be one of his training bikes for the hour.
>
> Seems to have a road fork (oval blades) but hard to tell from the
> pictures; might be a track fork drilled for brake. Nice bike even
> without the Eddy connection (but sure wouldn't be worth the buy-it-now
> price without said connection)
>
> How many Colnagos have you seen with spade cutouts instead of clubs?
> Discuss.
>
> Mark Bulgier
> Seattle WA USA