Friday, January 14, 2011

A Special Visit with Ernesto Colnago

Guest contributor Maman, from Israel, has a unique story to tell:

"Hi all,

Twenty-six years ago I was the Israeli champion for few years. back then I had a Colnago "Mexico". Two years ago I decided to start cycling again and I bought a Colnago "EPS" frame.

I was highly satisfied with the frame until I noticed, about 2 months ago, that some cracks appeared in the bottom of it. I tried to get help here in Israel but nobody could actually help me since I wasn't sure if it was a crack in the carbon or just glue crack, the glue that connects between the carbon parts (ed. note: the EPS is a lugged carbon frame). Searching for an answer to my problem, I was told by a friend that maybe the Colnago factory in Italy could help me.

I searched down the address and got on a plane to Italy with the frame. The day we visited the factory was a nice sunny day, just after the holidays, on January 3, 2011. I entered the factory and just as I entered I have met the secretary.

I explained my problem to her and she called Mr.Diego; Diego is a really nice guy. Well, I explained my problem to him and showed him the frame. He took the frame to their mechanics. After a few minutes we got an answer, the frame is not cracked and it was just a glue crack, and I was very happy.

I asked Mr. Diego if Mr. Ernesto was in the factory since it was my dream to meet him. Diego went upstairs to ask Ernesto if I can take a photo with him. The answer was yes. While going upstairs my heart was pumping hard and adrenaline rushed. When we got into his room Diego took our photo. I will always remember that day.

Because of all of that I bought a new EPS with Campagnolo Super Record. I love to ride and I love COLNAGO bikes.


Share your story. Write a story about your cycling trip, or an aspect of your trip, in Italy. Or, it can be about a granfondo experience, a special encounter, your favorite ride, etc. The period for story submissions for prizes will be January 1-February 15, 2011. Prizes will be awarded on a random basis, stories will not be judged on which is the "best" one. Nevertheless, it should be a good story for the enjoyment of all readers. Photos accompanying the story are most welcome. If you have any questions email me at See photos of prizes here. Prize donated by:
CycleItalia, specializing in cycling tours in Italy, the premiere site for gifts and merchandise for cyclists
Enzo’s ButtonHole Chamois Cream,chamois cream for the ultimate protection
FreeBirdVelo, Italian themed T-shirts
Strada Hand Built Wheels, custom wheel building
Velo-Retro, all things retro for cycling
La Gazzetta della Bici, massage oils for cyclists


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