Re: [CR]To Restore or Not to Restore

(Example: Framebuilders:Mario Confente)

Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 20:09:02 -0500
Subject: Re: [CR]To Restore or Not to Restore
From: "Michael Schmidt" <>
To: JEFFERY Pyzyk <>, <>, <>
Thread-Topic: [CR]To Restore or Not to Restore
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I would NOT restore it. Leave it be

Mike Schmidt Stirling, NJ USA

On 11/17/06 11:57 AM, "JEFFERY Pyzyk" <> wrote:
> Thanks for uploading the photos Ray. Here is the link to the ratty late
> 60's early 70's SC frame, my restored approximately 1967 SC for comparison
> purposes, and my Falerio Masi (just for fun).
> 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
>> revisited.
>> 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
>> is
>> 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
>> or
>> something, I don't know. However, in this case, I have some trepidation
>> about restoration.
>> Jeff Pyzyk
>> Milwaukee, WI
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