Re: [CR]What kind of bike is your commuter

Example: Framebuilders:Tony Beek
From: "Dennis Ryan" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]What kind of bike is your commuter
Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2002 12:14:13 -0500

Hi y'all,

My commuter is an early 60's Allegro Special, mostly period except for Shimano 105 rear der and Riv supermix pods (& Klickfix bracket) ... earliest Phil hubs (what I had on hand)... green over full chrome w/chrome lugs & white Bluemel's Populars ... half a TA crankset generously supplied by Brother Bruce Robbins -- thanks again! BTW the TA triple fit perfectly on the original Campy spindle, with very low Q.

BTW Frankenbike: I have a 60's Cilo that is part of a secret commuter project that will damn me to the dark side (it's not a "Swiss thing"; it just happened that way). But that's too close to OT ... I'm a-coming, Brother Sheldon!

Dennis Ryan Louisville, KY
>From: Rob Hawks <>
>To: classics rendezvous <>
>Subject: [CR]What kind of bike is your commuter
>Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2002 08:43:06 -0800 (PST)
>Today, on my ride into work through Oakland and nearby towns
>I encountered another bike commuter as we both pedaled through
>the fog. We both caught a light and greeted each other as we
>waited. As we rolled off from the light I took a look at his
>bike. (My wife laughs at me about this behavior. She says
>most middle aged husbands look at women, but my head gets
>turned by every bike that passes by.) Well, I was surprised to
>see that this man's commute bike was an early 70s Cinelli.
> The sun hadn't risen yet and as I said it was foggy. That,
>plus the fact that the bike was painted a dark green (I think)
>made it hard for me to tell at first, but the decal tipped
>it off. So of course I had to ask about that. Turns out that
>he bought the bike second hand, off someone that had had
>shifter bosses, cable guides and water bottle cage mounts
>brazed on. The bike was well worn from his perspective, and
>he said it wasn't a sunday afternoon quality bike any more,
>and it was just sitting in his basement so he began using it
>as his commute bike. When I suggested he could have it restored,
>he said that it would be too expense for a bike that would
>then just sit unused. I could understand what he meant by that,
>but still, I'd love to have a stable of bikes where that bike
>became the most logical choice for my commute bike!
>Off topic from the above, but I was wondering what is the
>general consensus regarding Colnago frames. In particular,
>these would be the steel, lugged ones from the 80s. One that
>I've seen recently that might be available is one that has
>the Colnago club symbol cut out of the bottom bracket shell.


>rob hawks

>richmond, ca