Re: [CR]Colnago Oro on eBay

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Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 21:36:24 -0800
From: "Steve Maas" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Colnago Oro on eBay
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Eric Goforth wrote:
> Doesn't the claimed weight of 18 lbs seem REALLY light for a gold plated
> colnago? Is gold lighter than paint? Maybe it's a thinner coating, the
> cranks are milled a bit which might save a little weight, and it has
> titanium pedal spindles too, (but a steel headset), but 18 lbs!
> -Eric
> -
> Eric Goforth
> Durham, NC, USA

I did a quick, back-of-the-envelope estimate and found that the bike could have about a half ounce of gold on it. This is based on 100 microinch thick plating, which is fairly heavy--but, hey, it's for the POPE. You can paint a bike with--what?--maybe four ounces of paint, three of which end up in the air. None of this is a big swinger.

Steve Maas
Long Beach, CA.