Identifieing an old Colnago

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  1. I got my GF an old Colnago for christmas and want to ad it on to our renters insurance but I cant
    find a serial # anywhere. I've looked in the usual spots (bottom bracket shell, chain stays) but I
    cant find it. where on the older colnago's did they stamp it?

    Also, did Campy make a 7 speed ergo lever? this bike is set up with 7 speed down tube friction
    shifting, and I'd like to upgrade it to indexing and put on ergo brake/shifting levers, are the
    levers the only thing I'd need to trade out or would I need a new rear derailure to?

    Thanks, Jason
     
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  2. Graham

    Graham Guest

    "Slartibartfast" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > I got my GF an old Colnago for christmas and want to ad it on to our renters insurance but I cant
    > find a serial # anywhere. I've looked in the usual spots (bottom bracket shell, chain stays) but I
    > cant find it. where on the older colnago's did they stamp it?
    >
    > Also, did Campy make a 7 speed ergo lever? this bike is set up with 7 speed down tube friction
    > shifting, and I'd like to upgrade it to indexing and put on ergo brake/shifting levers, are the
    > levers the only thing I'd need to trade out or would I need a new rear derailure to?
    >
    > Thanks, Jason
    >

    I don't know about the old Colnago's but my fairly new one is marked on the drop-outs.

    Graham
     
  3. In article <[email protected]>, Slartibartfast <[email protected]> wrote:
    >I got my GF an old Colnago for christmas and want to ad it on to our renters insurance but I cant
    >find a serial # anywhere. I've looked in the usual spots (bottom bracket shell, chain stays) but I
    >cant find it. where on the older colnago's did they stamp it?

    Try looking around the dropouts.

    >Also, did Campy make a 7 speed ergo lever? this bike is set up with 7 speed down tube friction
    >shifting, and I'd like to upgrade it to indexing and put on ergo brake/shifting levers, are the
    >levers the only thing I'd need to trade out or would I need a new rear derailure to?

    Need to know which derailleur and rear hub is on the bike in order to answer this. I think there are
    only 8+ speed Ergo levers, but
    7/8 speed spacing is usually close enough to interchange, depending on what the rest of the
    parts are.

    --Paul
     
  4. Russ Baxter

    Russ Baxter Guest

    yes, the serial number is on the dropouts.

    you can run 7 speed ergo using an 8 speed ergo shifter with a Sachs 7 speed freewheel. the spacing
    works. I speak from experience (on an old Colnago)

    > In article <[email protected]>, Slartibartfast <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >I got my GF an old Colnago for christmas and want to ad it on to our renters insurance but I cant
    > >find a serial # anywhere. I've looked in the usual spots (bottom bracket shell, chain stays) but
    > >I cant find it. where on the older colnago's did they stamp it?
    >
    > Try looking around the dropouts.
    >
    > >Also, did Campy make a 7 speed ergo lever? this bike is set up with 7 speed down tube friction
    > >shifting, and I'd like to upgrade it to indexing and put on ergo brake/shifting levers, are the
    > >levers the only thing I'd need to trade out or would I need a new rear derailure to?
    >
    > Need to know which derailleur and rear hub is on the bike in order to answer this. I think there
    > are only 8+ speed Ergo levers, but
    > 7/8 speed spacing is usually close enough to interchange, depending on what the rest of the
    > parts are.
    >
    > --Paul
     
  5. cyclingcrazy

    cyclingcrazy New Member

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    Hi
    Let me know your serial number and I will date it for you.

    Thanks
    Steve
     
  6. masobros

    masobros New Member

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    I bought an old Colnago..Could you help me in tracking its age as well?
     
  7. cyclingcrazy

    cyclingcrazy New Member

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    Maso.
    Sure. post it her and I wll sort it for you.

    Thanks
    Steve
     
  8. masobros

    masobros New Member

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    Steve.. All I can make out is a number on the bottom of the bottom
    bracket-
    R1204R. I suspect it might be an early 70;sColnago as there are no cable
    guided
    on the top tube nor braze on for the cable shifters..
    Your help Steve is much appreciated.
    Thanks
    Tony
     
  9. Jp

    Jp Guest

    masobros <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > cyclingcrazy wrote:
    > > Maso. Sure. post it her and I wll sort it for you. Thanks Steve
    >
    >
    >
    > Steve.. All I can make out is a number on the bottom of the bottom bracket-
    > R1204R. I suspect it might be an early 70;sColnago as there are no cable guided on the top tube
    > nor braze on for the cable shifters.. Your help Steve is much appreciated. Thanks Tony

    My Conago Super, purchased in 1975 from Altig Radsport in Mannheim, Germany, had no brake cable
    guides (it does now, though) but did have braze-ons for the shift levers. Willi Altig made periodic
    trips to Italy to get frames for his customers directly from the factory. I remember distinctly that
    the others he brought back in that trip did not have the shifter braze-ons, but I don't know what
    that means about the lineage of my bike- maybe the bike was slightly special, or maybe I got the
    American export version built by shop apprentices, or maybe it was an early one of the next model
    year. It has a chromed fork crown which I also seem to remember was not on the others. It does not
    have a serial number on it.

    I think, though, that soon after that pretty much all the frames started to have the braze-on
    shifter bosses. So it seems like that bike could be anytime up to 1976.

    JP
     
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