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Recommendation for Bike Mechanic in the LA area for an 80's Colnago!

Old 09-21-22, 07:23 PM
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Recommendation for Bike Mechanic in the LA area for an 80's Colnago!

Trying to find a bicycle mechanic that's sensitive/experienced with 80's road bikes. I just aquired a 1988 Colnago (a Superissimo I think) that hasn't been ridden in the last 10 or 20 years. No major problems but I'm guessing it needs a good overhaul. I was going to try and do it myself but I really want it done right and I didn't want to learn on my first project. Not looking for an immaculate restoration but I do want it to be flawlessly functional!
Preferably in or near the Los Angeles area but I'm happy to travel 20 or 30 miles if they are highly recommended.
Thanks in advance!!!
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Is Steve Lubanski @ Open Road Bike Shop in Altadena still around? I used to go to his shop in Pasadena back in the 90's. He had a lot of cool bikes back then.
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Old 09-21-22, 08:02 PM
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I just looked online and it looks like Steve and Open Road Bike Shop is still there
Thanks Retoocs for the tip!!!
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Do you mean 20-30 miles from downtown City of Los Angeles?

Saying "LA" encompasses a HUGE area and sometimes just refers to So Cal, in general, which is monstrously large.
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Check with Marcel at Bicisport in Laguna Niguel,
28940 Golden Lantern St Ste A
Laguna Niguel CA 92677
Phone: 949-643-1620 www.celoeuropa.net
I've known Marcel since the 70's when he had a shop in Manhattan Beach. I had my '74 Colnago Super upgraded and repainted this summer thru his shop


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Old 09-21-22, 08:20 PM
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Bad Lag The closer to the City of LA the better but I'm happy to travel anywhere in LA County or the OC etc.
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Old 09-21-22, 08:21 PM
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glenfong THANKS! I'll check them out too.
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Originally Posted by nutpowder View Post
Trying to find a bicycle mechanic that's sensitive/experienced with 80's road bikes. I just aquired a 1988 Colnago (a Superissimo I think) that hasn't been ridden in the last 10 or 20 years. No major problems but I'm guessing it needs a good overhaul. I was going to try and do it myself but I really want it done right and I didn't want to learn on my first project. Not looking for an immaculate restoration but I do want it to be flawlessly functional!
Preferably in or near the Los Angeles area but I'm happy to travel 20 or 30 miles if they are highly recommended.
Thanks in advance!!!
Ask for Gilbert at Helens Cycle in Santa Monica......Knows vintage bikes inside and out...and best of all he rides a "Vintage" Colnago.
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My recommendation is the Bicycle Stand in Long Beach. Evan and the crew are all about vintage, they are my go to shop. I;ve had a frame restored and other mech things. They are great and visiting the shop is like going to a museum.
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Velo in Pasadena!!

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Originally Posted by glenfong View Post
Check with Marcel at Bicisport in Laguna Niguel,
28940 Golden Lantern St Ste A
Laguna Niguel CA 92677
Phone: 949-643-1620 www.celoeuropa.net
I've known Marcel since the 70's when he had a shop in Manhattan Beach. I had my '74 Colnago Super upgraded and repainted this summer thru his shop

Thats a gorgeous restoration, any pics of complete bike?

Just a guess but that is Marcel Calborn? If I remember correctly, he was a Colnago distributor in SoCal BITD and also marketed Celo and Calborn frames which were Colnago built.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Thats a gorgeous restoration, any pics of complete bike?

Just a guess but that is Marcel Calborn? If I remember correctly, he was a Colnago distributor in SoCal BITD and also marketed Celo and Calborn frames which were Colnago built.
Yessir, that is the same Marcel! He still has a lot of Colnagos in his inventory.

Thanks! The Verde Marino Green Super will be reassembled soon, waiting on a few more parts. Will post a few pics when it gets there.
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Originally Posted by Thalia949 View Post
My recommendation is the Bicycle Stand in Long Beach. Evan and the crew are all about vintage, they are my go to shop. I;ve had a frame restored and other mech things. They are great and visiting the shop is like going to a museum.
I second this recommendation! The Bicycle Stand is the best vintage bike shop in LA, IMO. They can do a full restoration, including paint. Here is an example of their work:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...5947-olmo.html
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Thats a gorgeous restoration, any pics of complete bike?

Just a guess but that is Marcel Calborn? If I remember correctly, he was a Colnago distributor in SoCal BITD and also marketed Celo and Calborn frames which were Colnago built.
Marcel is a character. He was looking to hire, I went in, I had been working at a pro level shop for over five years. We discussed how to and such, offered a job at minimum wage.
I laughed to myself. I was making a dollar an hour more scooping ice cream.
I did not take his offer.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
Marcel is a character. He was looking to hire, I went in, I had been working at a pro level shop for over five years. We discussed how to and such, offered a job at minimum wage.
I laughed to myself. I was making a dollar an hour more scooping ice cream.
I did not take his offer.
And all the ice cream you can eat!
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Check out The Bicycle Stand instagram. They recently cleaned up a Brian Baylis readying it for Eroica. I know you donít want show quality but they can tone it down😉

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Bike o Rama in El Segundo. Jack is an awesome dude, loves old bikes, and super fair on prices.
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag View Post
Do you mean 20-30 miles from downtown City of Los Angeles?

Saying "LA" encompasses a HUGE area and sometimes just refers to So Cal, in general, which is monstrously large.
Whike stationed in Yuma in the early Ď80s once I got to Redlands I consider that to be Los Angeles. Once I started driving trucks it became when I left the trucks top in Barstow.
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Originally Posted by Retoocs View Post
Is Steve Lubanski @ Open Road Bike Shop in Altadena still around? I used to go to his shop in Pasadena back in the 90's. He had a lot of cool bikes back then.
He's still there, behind the Bunny Museum run by his wife. They're doing pretty well:


FWIW: I worked with Steve before he opened the original Open Road Bike Shop on Las Tunas. That was 33 years ago.
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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
FWIW: I worked with Steve before he opened the original Open Road Bike Shop on Las Tunas. That was 33 years ago.
I couldn't remember where the original shop was. That place was packed. I used to work at Jon's Cyclesport on Rosemead back then when I was in high school. I would envy the stuff that he had in the shop. I do remember he was fast on the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday rides.
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And all the ice cream you can eat!
No, two scoops at break, and a pint a week with every paycheck.
The co-workers were UCLA co-eds. Smart and attractive.
Married one a few years later.
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No, two scoops at break, and a pint a week with every paycheck.
The co-workers were UCLA co-eds. Smart and attractive.
Married one a few years later.
Sounds like not taking the bike shop job was a smart life choice! lol
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
No, two scoops at break, and a pint a week with every paycheck.
The co-workers were UCLA co-eds. Smart and attractive.
Married one a few years later.
sounds like a great job!!
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