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Readers’ Rigs: Oscar Winner’s 1982 Colnago Gets a Loving Overhaul

Readers’ Rigs: Oscar Winner’s 1982 Colnago Gets a Loving Overhaul

Readers’ Rig: A slightly different ‘Readers’ Rig’ today. Bob Shaver tells us all about a very special 1982 Colnago Super, built up with period Campagnolo…

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Readers’ Rig: A slightly different ‘Readers’ Rig’ today. Bob Shaver tells us all about a very special 1982 Colnago Super, built up with period Campagnolo Super record and owned by his friend, Steve Tesich who sadly passed away. This is a very special bike with a very special story. Completed bike in Steve’s studio with provenance Name: Steve Tesich (1942 – 1996) Overhauled by Bob Shaver, September 2021

Introduction: I met Steve Tesich and friend Chris on my first day working at a Denver bike shop fifty years ago. I was new to bike racing so they took me under their wings, schooling me about pace lines, tactics and sprinting. Little did I know then they would become lifelong friends. Bike shops are wonderful places, aren’t they?

Fifteen years ago I began organizing American Flyers movie nights to raise money for worthy nonprofits and to acquaint riders with Steve. The presentations included behind the scenes and other trivia along with extras from the race scenes and cycling stars. I thought adding Steve’s Colnago and the Masi used in Breaking Away would be great additions. Several of these were scheduled for 2020 but were cancelled due to COVID. Last Fall, I finally got around to overhauling his bike which had sat in his Colorado studio since his passing twenty-five years ago. Left side pre overhaul Front view pre overhaul The following will show before and after shots along with photos of Steve, comments and quotes. It was a bittersweet adventure working […]

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