Re: [CR] Cinelli 'City' handlebar(s)

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Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 11:13:49 -0500
From: "John Thompson" <>
Organization: The Crimson Permanent Assurance
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Subject: Re: [CR] Cinelli 'City' handlebar(s)
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Mark Bulgier wrote:
> John Thompson wrote [snipped]:
>> I used to have an old "Velital" Italian city bike with a narrow,
>> brazed steel flat bar/stem. It was quite narrow -- probably 35cm
>> at most, with no back sweep. The stem had no forward reach, but
>> was brazed to a somewhat semi-circular piece that swept
>> forward. Very short, straight pieces extended out from there
>> for the hand rests and brake levers. The brake levers were brazed
>> onto the bars as well.
> This must be the very bar or one very much like it:
> Bars1955.jpg
> Or
> These are listed in The Data Book (p.186) as 1955, but I saw them in
> Firenze on a bike that must have been ten years younger than that. No
> doubt the design hung around for a while. A classic beauty IMO.

Yup; that's it! I never knew who made them. Wish I still had them, too.


-John Thompson (
Appleton WI USA