1979 Gios Super Record

56.5 center-to-center


A bike like this is generally built with stock or  Gios-pantographed Campagnolo Nuovo or Super Record parts.  I decided to do something different and used milled and drilled Campagnolo Super Record parts.  The result is a very light bike which is mostly period correct, with a couple of upgrades that would be correct for a mid 80s build.  The bike as shown weighs 18.5 lbs. which is pretty darn light for a vintage bike this size.

The bike is in beautiful condition, with several like-new or NOS parts, but it is perfectly rideable, and in fact the ride is superb.  Fast and agile, but still steady and comfortable, it really is something special.  Keep it as a showbike or ride it, either way this one-of-a-kind Gios will make you very happy.

Price is $2,500 plus actual shipping.  I welcome any questions or comments you may have.  You can write me, or you can call me at 786-423-4024.


 

Dimensions are:  56.5 c-c seat tube;  55 c-c top tube; 82 stand-over height.

Gios has unusual geometry in that the top tube is relatively short (55 top tube for a 56.5 seat tube, on this bike).  You might think the bike would be cramped or twitchy, but it is not.  It is really amazing how comfortable yet responsive this bike is.

The paint and decals are original, and in really outstanding condition.  There are a few small spots that I have touched up with original Gios touch-up paint, which is a perfect match, and makes the touch-ups nearly invisible.

 

 

The suede leather Selle Italia Criterium saddle is pretty, is comfortable, is NOS, and is period correct.

I had the seat post milled to extend the flutes (thanks Gary!), and then I polished it.

All the decals are complete and in excellent condition.

The Gios bar-end plugs are a mid-80s upgrade, but I believe the Bike Ribbon bar tape would be  period correct for 1979-80.

115mm Cinelli 1-R stem with alloy binder bolt, polished of course.

 

The same person who milled the seat post also milled the stem - nice work, huh?

The gum hoods are top quality reproductions (thanks Robbie).

I modified the Super Record levers by drilling the existing holes, adding a few more holes along the sides, and then countersinking all the holes.

 

Another mid 80s period upgrade is the Cinelli 64-44 handlebar, which has a medium drop and is the widest bar available at the time.  (BTW, the bar does not have any grooves for aero cable routing.)

The 44cm wide bar is more comfortable than the older, narrower bars.  (In case you are wondering, the Cinelli "flying C" logo came out in 1978 or 79.)

The Record calipers are original milled from the late 70s to early 80s.  The brake shoes are alloy (as compared to chromed steel which are prettier but heavier).

I polished the caliper arms to a high shine.

Those are the original Gios "coins."  Modern replacement coins have a gold finish.

The rims are cool and ultralight Mavic GEL 280, 36 holes, laced 3-cross with 15-16-15 DT spokes to small flange Record hubs.  I chose 36 holes rather than 32 to compensate for the lightness of the rims.  These are ultralight wheels, but strong enough for a heavy rider on most roads (maybe not Paris-Roubaix though). 

The tires are the early 80s version of the legendary Clement Criteriums, in like-new condition (never ridden, never glued).

Distinctive and attractive fork crown.

I cut and filed the shifters myself.  I left a little "meat" on them so they would be lighter than stock but not fragile (the ones that are completely hollowed out are pretty but they make me nervous).

Classic graphics, in great condition.

 

Light alloy, period correct Cobra water bottle cage, in new condition.

My proudest work on this bike, a Mexico-style crankset with drilled ring.  I filed the edges of arms to give them a round profile, I hollowed out the spider arms, and I polished the the whole thing.  Then I drilled the large ring with a combination of small and large holes, and assembled them with black anodized alloy chain ring bolts and nuts.

I also lightened the front derailleur by filing the clamp, front and back, and the top of the body too.

I used the mid 80s Regina SL chain, with hollow pins, for its light weight, its good looks, and its performance - it shifts very well.

The large ring is NOS, and the small ring is like new.

A lot of work went into this crankset, and I think it came out very nice.

 

 

I drilled and polished the pulley cages on the Pat. 80 rear derailleur.

Note the drilling on the dropouts (original Gios factory detail), and the correct spiral steel cable housing, with correct ferrules (it's all about the details...)

The freewheel is a 6 speed Regina CX (13-14-15-17-18-21).

 

 

In these two photos (above and below) you can see the re-profiled crank arms in more detail.  By the way, the bottom bracket is (of course) a Campagnolo Record.

 

Note the rear of the derailleur clamp

 

Just a nice photo.

 

The caliper arms polished up very nicely, and all the hardware is in great condition.

 

 

 

The bottom bracket shell is stamped "58."  The measurement is taken to the tippy top of the seat lug. (The center-to-center measurement is 56.5.)

 

The underside of the frame is in excellent condition as well.

 

Old-school wooden dowel in the fork steerer.

The Super Record headset in beautiful condition. 

Unique shape of the seat stay caps.

Even the Columbus SL decal is intact.

I used an Allen-socket alloy bolt for the saddle clamp assembly (this is the type of bolt that was used with Cinelli VIP sets).

 

 

Aluminum head badge - note the original brass rivets.

I will include this vintage Gios bottle (by Mariplast of Italy), and the small bottle of Gios touch up paint (with integrated brush) that I bought from Excel Sports.

I'm including this outdoors photo so you can appreciate how beautiful the Gios blue paint looks in natural light.  Artificial indoor lights don't always do it justice.

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Gios bikes are iconic, but they can tend to look all the same.  This one is setup in a unique way but it still retains its classic character.  I hope you like it.  Thanks for looking.

Ray Dobbins


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