Updated: June 4/2020

1968 Cinelli Mod. B

Cino Cinelli was born February 9, 1916 near Florence, Italy and passed away in 2001. Between 1937 and 1944 he raced professionally with the Bianchi and Frejus teams, winning the Tour of the Apennines (1937), the Giro di Lombardia (1938), and Milan-San Remo (1943). He founded Cinelli with his brother Giotto in Florence, and then moved the company to Milan, the then center of the Italian bicycle industry. Cinelli was internationally recognized for their handlebars and stems, and produced the Unicanitor, one of the first plastic saddles. Cinelli framesets were produced in limited numbers (a few hundred per year) with the sloping fork crown Speciale Corsa or Super Corsa (SC) being the top of the line frameset. The SC was initially made with Reynolds 531 main tubes and Columbus SL stays and fork blades. However, starting in 1963, it was made entirely from Columbus SL. The second model to the SC, the Modello B (Mod. B, pictured here), was constructed from Columbus SL main tubes and Falck fork blades and stays - the Mod. B had a flat fork crown, in contrast to the SC's sloping fork crown. Although second in line to the SC, the Mod. B was produced in much more limited numbers and was no longer available past 973. THE BIKE Frame: ca 1968 Mod. B (serial number 6145) in original, and somewhat uncommon, metallic powder blue color. The lugs do not have the three holes that are thought to have been introduced ca 1968-69 (see www.velo-retro.com/cinellitline.html). 56.5 cm c-to-c square (seat and top tubes). Brakeset: Universal 68 brake levers and calipers. Campagnolo steel clamps. Handlebars: ca 1965 non-anodized Cinelli Mod. Giro D'Italia Stem: Steel Cinelli 1 stem with old logo Cinelli - Milano stamp. 12 mm expander and bar bolts. Headset: Campagnolo Record Shifters: Campagnolo Record Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record Rear Derailleur: 1968-69 Campagnolo Nuovo Record (Patent) Crankset: Campagnolo Record (no date, 151 mm BCD, 1962-66 ) Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Record Pedals: Campagnolo Record with toe strap loop. Wheelset: 1970 Campagnolo hubs with Nisi Moncalieri rims Chain : Regina SC Freewheel: 5 speed Regina Gran Sport Seatpost: Campagnolo Record (26.2 mm) Saddle: 60s plastic Unicanitor Brevettata Water Bottle Cage/Bottle: Reg 164 steel cage with reproduction Coloral water bottle