Vicini Cesena, Italian road bike

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by John McLean, 4 Aug 2012.

  1. John McLean

    John McLean Regular

    wisdom, Alex11 and R600 like this.
  2. Scilly Suffolk

    Scilly Suffolk Über Member

    Campag introduced dual pivot brakes in 1994 and put groupset names on parts in 1995, so your bike is a '94.

    It's also utterly gorgeous!

    Have you tried
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    John McLean

    John McLean Regular

    Thanks for the heads up on retro bike Scilly Suffolk.

    She rides beautifully, a bit too nice for commuting though.
  4. Scilly Suffolk

    Scilly Suffolk Über Member

    I've had a chance to look through your other photos and I am a little out on the date; some of your parts have the groupset name on so are at least from 1995, although the cranks and front mech. are no later than 1994. Assuming they are all original, then it is likely to be no more than a year later than I originally thought. What is the date code on the cranks?

    Mario Vicini was a racer from the 30's and 40's (with a considerable palmarès), Cesena being his home town. The company is still going today.

    It is beautifully understated, but the Shimano pedals really need replacing and, personally speaking, the black seatpost jars.
  5. raindog

    raindog er.....

    Yes, got to be mid 90s. Very nice too. What's the finish on it? Just metallic paint? The wheels look a tad too modern for my taste. If you want to change the pedals, some Campag clipless would look good on it.

    For dating, why not write to the company with the serial numbers? That's what I did with my Italian Faggin and they replied really quickly by email with a date and were very charming into the bargain.
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    John McLean

    John McLean Regular

    Does the number '62' inside a square mean anything Scilly Suffolk?

    You right the pedals and the seat post will need replacing to return the bike to it's former glory.
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    John McLean

    John McLean Regular

    Looks like metallic paint. You right right some Campag clipless might be the way to go.

    I'll give it a try.
  8. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

  9. Scilly Suffolk

    Scilly Suffolk Über Member

    It's Campag so nothing is set in stone, but to the best of my understanding 6 in a square is 1990; the 2 could be for the 2nd quarter of the year (or the 2nd half) or for nothing at all...

    There are several different explanations floating around the 'net and this is what I've pulled together:
    - Campag started date coding Super Record cranks in the Seventies, using a plain date code (ie 75 = 1975) in a diamond;
    - for the the first half of the Eighties they used a circle with the second digit being a plain date code, so n2 = 1982;
    - they then switched to a square and indicated the year with 11 for 1985, 21 for 1986, 31 for 1987 etc, using the second digit to indicate the quarter of the year it was manufactured. Other sources say it went 11, 22, 33 etc.

    Any or all of the above may be nonsense.
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    John McLean

    John McLean Regular

    Thanks Scilly Suffolk! Sounds like they had some left field people working at Campag, why didn't they use a two digit code like '90' for 1990, too easy?

    thanks again for the details!
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