Re: [CR]Vintage Cuevas and a familiar dilemma


Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 09:01:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: Fred Rednor <fred_rednor@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]Vintage Cuevas and a familiar dilemma
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <54240.1930.qm@web82209.mail.mud.yahoo.com>


Since there's no rust, I'd go with the touchup and wax job.

Unless, money is no object, that is. If you already had new decals, a one color repaint by Waterford can be done for less that $400 if done in the off-season. (Perhaps a bit more for a bike that is something other than a Paramount or a Waterford.) Of course, shipping costs would add about $120 to the bill.

Then again, perhaps you could send it to Francisco Cuevas's grandson for "freshening". He's building bicycles near the Corona neighborhood in NY City's borough of Queens. If you brought the frame up there yourself, you could also visit the nearby Kissena Park Velodrome and the world famous Lemon Ice King Of Corona.
      Fred Rednor - in Arlington, Virginia (USA); missing
      those Italian "water ices" and a neighborhood velodrome


--- Jerome & Elizabeth Moos wrote:


> Received the vintage Cuevas frame from eBay that was
> discussed here a couple of times. Good news is that what
> appeared to be rust in eBay photos was just dirt, and all the
> dirt washed off. The 531 frame decal is 90% gone and the
> fork blades have Campy decals where one would expect 531 fork
> decals. And there is the small dent in the top tube, which
> was clearly shown in the eBay photos. But most of the Cuevas
> decals are in pretty good shape. Paint overall is pretty
> good, although there are a number of small chips and
> stratches, most notably on the left seatstay. The bike is
> without doubt a genuine Cuevas, with the point at the front
> of the seatlug, the cross at the bottom of the steerer and
> the unusual joining of rear stays to DO's.
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> But this brings up a familiar dilemma. I had thought to
> have it restored, but now I inspect it closely, I think some
> touchup paint and a dab of Bondo on the dent, plus a few
> coats of wax, would make this frame pretty presentable. So
> what do y'all think? Would you rather have a presentable,
> though far from NOS, original Cuevas or a pristine restored
> one?
>
> Regards,
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> Jerry Moos
> Big Spring, TX
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> Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> I bought the Cuevas bike on eBay that was discussed here a
> few days ago:
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> http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Cuevas-Cinelli-Frame-and-Campagnola-Parts_W0QQitemZ140134889746QQihZ004QQcategoryZ98084QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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> Components are nothing special, frame is dirty, dented, will
> definitely need repair and refinishing. Shipping is a bit
> high, but all that said, it seems to be a genuine Cuevas, and
> therefore $380 including shipping doesn't seem a bad deal.
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> The Cuevas information on the CR site says Francesco Cuevas
> retired to Spain, (Is he still living?) but that his son
> Andreas continues the business in New Jersey. Does Andreas
> restore classic Cuevas frames? If so, anyone on the list have
> a Cuevas restored by Andres? Is the contact information on
> the CR site still current? Anyone have an email address for
> Andreas?

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> Regards,

>

> Jerry Moos

> Big Spring, TX