5

I've purchased a bicycle on eBay thinking it was a Colnago as the stickers/item description would let you believe.

bike photo

Unfortunately, looking at the bicycle a bit more closely, I'm pretty sure this is not a Colnago at some clover-shape embossed stamps are missing on the frame...

The bicycle has got chrome forks and some numbers engraved on the bottom of the frame (see pictures):

  • D 014
  • 358
  • 6

bottom bracket photo showing numbers

I'd like to know where my bicycle is coming from and what made/model it is.

  • Has anyone seen a similar bike in the past?

  • Would you have any idea how to find out more about this item?

  • Fairly generic bike. I'd guess mid 80s. The only distinguishing characteristics I can make out are the grooves in the BB shell for the cables, vs welded-on guides, and the brakes which (in the obscured picture) appear to be some sort of fancy center-pull. There's also a slap shield on the chain stay, which is a little unusual. – Daniel R Hicks Aug 8 '16 at 1:54
  • The cable itself explain everything. Getting the sticker is the cheapest way to jack up price of a generic bike, the looks doesn't even resemble knockout. – mootmoot Aug 8 '16 at 10:00
  • The stripes visible at head tube and seat tube are common on old Crescents. But I doubt this is one since head badge is missing and their sportier models were usually orange. – ojs Aug 26 '18 at 16:56
3

I share your doubt that it's a genuine Colnago.

I Googled "when was colnago clover leaf embossed" (you could try that with the .au removed also).

The hits show plenty of people asking such questions, and a couple of the hits seem to provide valuable answers

Both of these suggest that without the "Club" embossing, it's not the genuine article.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.