One of the more famous bicycles in the museum collection online at Classic Cycles, Piermattia Gavazzi used this Colnago Super to win the fifth stage of the 1974 Giro d’ Italia.

This Colnago actually was imported raw into the United States by a San Diego area bike shop, where it had internal brake cable routing added and a paint job done by Joe Bell. Built during the drill-holes-in-stuff-and-pantograph-everything era, the components are drilled and etched for light weight and extra style. The bike rolled around the West Coast for years until a friend of ours traded it in on a new Colnago C59.

If this bike could talk, it would have an Italian accent. Nisi Sludi tubular rims, Cinelli Giro d’ Italia handlebars and stem, Vittoria silk sew-up tires, a Silca pump, Regina cx freewheel and hollow-pin chain, and Campagnolo all around make this Italian expatriot a fine representative of its homeland.

Ernesto Colnago’s bikes from the 1970′s were way ahead of everyone else in terms of quality and style, and the Campagnolo Nuovo Record component group had no peers. Bikes like this one have become treasured classics, and serve as benchmarks for modern racing bike design.