Hi, unfortunately I have the bug. I picked up a pre-loved fixie that I was going to convert to a single speed 'cause I was used geared bikes. Only problem is I love it so much that I’m selling my CX, building up my own street ride (fixed of course), cracked the frame on the old Peugeot and am going bankrupt buying tools & parts.
I’m following my roots & in addition to getting a new Italian frame I was lucky enough to inherit Lucy. She’s a gorgeous Cinelli model b circa 58-60. She needs of TLC tho. I’ve already decided to convert to her to FG because the original gearing is gone, got a mixture of cheap shit left. But the Campy cranks and pedals are staying and I got some nice original drop bars & stem.
Basically, I wonder whether to preserve & conserve or strip & re-birth her. Frame is straight, no dings, decals are in good shape, lugs are tarnished, and lots of gutter rash and surface rust. The braze ons will probably go too. Will post some pics soon…
Also, recommendations on paint experts with experience in vintage restoration would also be very much appreciated. This job needs a pro.
restore the Cinelli to its original form, buy a second hand fixay from the webs(not a fuckin cell!!!). if you do intend to build your own, think of how much it is going to cost roughly… then fuckin double it and that will be your ACTUAL spend. no jks… much better to just buy a second hand one.
forks look bent-could be the photos though-the clearance from the front wheel looks passable… Nice frame, I’d leave in it’s vintage glory. at least until you had all the parts sourced then i’d go for the polish/re spray.