Re: [CR]To Restore or Not to Restore

(Example: Framebuilding:Tubing)

From: "JEFFERY Pyzyk" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]To Restore or Not to Restore
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 08:42:01 -0600

Here are some pictures. I'm not a very good photographer. I think the frame looks better in the photos than in real life.

Jeff Pyzyk Milwaukee, WI

>From: Raymond Dobbins <>
>To: JEFFERY Pyzyk <>,
>Subject: Re: [CR]To Restore or Not to Restore
>Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 09:56:22 -0800 (PST)
>Hi Jeff,
> There are ratty bikes, and there are ratty bikes with appeal. Why don't
>you link us to a couple of pics of your Cinelli so we can give you our
>specific opinions about your bike, rather than just our general opinions on
>the subject of whether to restore or not. It'll be more fun for us and
>more useful to you - a win-win situation!
> Go ahead, get the camera, we'll wait :)
> Ray Dobbins
> Miami Fla USA
>JEFFERY Pyzyk <> wrote:
> This topic has probably been hashed around on the list more than Blond
>Lebanese in Madison during the late '60's. However, given some of the
>recent E-bay prices for unrestored "rats", I think the topic can safely be
>I've got a late 60's/early 70's Cinelli SC with original decals and what's
>left of the original silver paint. It is an early drilled lug frame with
>the old-style long campy dropouts, and also still has the fender eyelets.
>It is ratty as hell. "Patina" is not a word that comes to mind. The paint
>worn through all over the place with some pitting of chrome in the usual
>areas under the lugs. Looking at it, you would say that it obviously needs
>to be stripped, re-chromed, and re-painted.
>However, it is authentic! Decals and color bands, lettering, and the
>Columbus SL decals are honest and original.
>After seeing what one old battle worn Cinelli recently sold for on E-bay, I
>have some doubts that a restored bike would be any more valuable than a
>ratty original one. Like most of you, I'm in this for love and not for
>money, so the decision is not really based on economics.
>My personal preference is for my bikes to look as near to new as possible.
>It's probably from some Freudian anal retentive stage I never got through
>something, I don't know. However, in this case, I have some trepidation
>about restoration.
>Jeff Pyzyk
>Milwaukee, WI
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