Updated: June 11/2020

1971 Cinelli S. C.

1971 rose colored Cinello SC, supposedly Cino Cinelli's favorite color, and reserved for his favorite customers. Until the 80s, Cinelli made only two models, the top-of-the-line Mod. S. C. (Fully sloping crown) and the Mod. B (flat crown). Bike was purchased on May 18, 2013. The seller's description included the following: "My history with the bike is only a couple weeks old. I found this bike in the back of a truck that was picking up some patio furniture from my house that I was giving away. I thought he was going to use my old stuff but he quickly started breaking down the furniture for the metal they were made of. I noticed an old washing machine and an empty water heater. Next thing I know the guy pulls this bike out to make room for my stuff. I immediately recognize the quality and age of the frame and decide I want the bike - I do not even look at the brand of the bike, I couldn't really make it out from where I was standing anyway. I ask, "how much do you want for the bike". He replies, "I'm going to ride this". I laughed and called his bluff. "No you are not", I retorted, "you will never ride this bike, now how much are you going to sell it to me for". Seeing that I'm serious, the old guy asks me to make an offer, which I did. The type of offer you would make to a guy with a truck full of scrap metal and a bike he'd never ride, one that he couldn't refuse but one that would later boggle my mind when I realized what I had probably just saved from going to a scrapyard or to some old guys backyard to rust away. I took the bike in had it lubed, put on a new chain and glued on new sew-ups it rides just like you think it would ride". Supposedly he paid $65 for this Cinelli, and I paid many times more for it. Cino Cinelli was born in 1916 on a farm near Florence. After a compratively long racing career, in 1946 Cinelli set out to improve the mechanical side of cycling, and as they say, the rest is history. For an interview with Cinelli visit the following website (bikeraceinfo.com/oralhistory/Cinelli interview.html). UPDATE CINELLI BUILDER Cino was capable of handling the various stages of building a frame but I truly doubt that he ever built a frame on his own. He hired on Valsassina as his main builder as soon as he took over the frame/bar/stem manufacturing business from his brother Giotto (previously he had worked as a sales rep for Benotto and for his brother's wares). Steven Maasland Moorestown, NJ, USA THE BIKE Frame: Columbus SL with holes in the chrome head tube lugs. Original paint, no touchups. Brakeset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record brake levers and calipers. Handlebars: Cinelli Mod. Giro d'Italia Stem: Cinelli Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Shifters: Campagnolo Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (1971) Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record 175 mm (no date, i.e., prior to 1973). Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Pedals: Campagnolo Superleggeri Wheelset: Campagnolo hubs laced to Fiamme rims. Chain : Everest Freewheel: 5 speed Regina Oro (1984) Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (26.2 mm). Saddle: Cinelli Unicanitor