1977 Colnago “Export” (yes, that’s actually its name)

Spring has sprung here, nestled against the Eastern Sierra, and with its return out come the winter projects to show their lovely selves.

To be fair, this Colnago “Export” wasn’t much of a project as Mike, its previous owner, did a magnificent job caring for it. All I had to do was hunt down the correct pedals and seatpost and it was off and running.

Speaking of component bits, the Export has a mix of Campy Nuovo Record and Gran Sport which I believe is how it was spec’ed originally. …And though it’s a step down from the Colnago “Super” it still has that stunning Colnago candy red paint which simply lights up in the sun.

I’d once heard that the majority of Italian racing bikes made during this period were sold in America. If that’s true, weren’t most Colnagos exports? Just wondering.

One last note: As I was perusing the intergalaticweb I ran across this website.

https://www.steel-vintage.com/colnago-export-classic-road-bike-1970s-detail

That Colnago sure looks a lot like this Colnago, like as in, the same one.

<Queue music from Disney’s “It’s a Small World” ride. >

A huge and grateful thank you to Mike Savage for giving (yes, giving!) me this wonderful ride.



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