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What We Ride: Nate's Vintage Cilo Road Bike

By Bruce Lin


Welcome to the sixth chapter of "What We Ride", a series featuring our employee's bikes and the story behind them. The month, TPC Mechanic, Nate Straus shows off his vintage bike with a modern spin! What We Ride: Nate's Cilo Road Bike

Name: Nate Straus

Position at TPC: Mechanic Department Manager

What you ride: Cilo Road Bike

Why you ride it: I built this bike to satisfy my love of classic road bikes but with the convenience of modern shifting. I didn't notice road bikes until the early 2000's when the fixed gear craze brought many of these classic steeds out of the garage and onto the street. To see what it was all about I put aside the mountain bike and started riding my dad's old Raleigh Grand Prix. Even though that Raleigh was a clunker I felt like I was flying! At that point I was bitten by the bike bug and I haven't looked back. Since then, I've owned many road bikes but I have a hard time falling in love with the new stuff. For me, what I ride is a big part of my enjoyment, and in the end, it's fitness that makes you fast, not carbon fiber. Finding the right vintage road bike can be hard, since you'll have to hunt eBay and Craigslist to find one, but there's a thrill in finding the right bike. Buying a new high-end, lugged steel bike today will set you back thousands of dollars and it won't have any history. Every time I ride the Cilo I feel like I'm pulling a classic Ferrari out of the garage, it always feels special.

Fun facts about the bike: I replaced the original Dura-Ace 7400 group with Campy Record which gives the bike a modern feel but doesn't look out of place.

What We Ride: Nate's Cilo Road Bike

Cilo Road Bike Build Spec

Model: Road (Swiss Made)
Size: 56cm
Year: 1986 
Frame Material: Columbus SLX Tubing
Fork: Cilo
Weight: 20 lbs with pedals
Headset: Campy Record
Front Derailleur: Campy Record
Rear Derailleur: Campy Record medium cage
Brakes: Campy Record
Shifters / Levers: Campy Record Carbon 10 Speed
Crankset: Campy Record
Cassette: Campy 12-30
Bottom Bracket: Campy Record
Chain: Campy
Handlebar: 3T
Stem: 3T
Seatpost: Campagnolo
Saddle: Selle San Marco What We Ride: Nate's Cilo Road BikeWhat We Ride: Nate's Cilo Road BikeWhat We Ride: Nate's Cilo Road BikeWhat We Ride: Nate's Cilo Road BikeWhat We Ride: Nate's Cilo Road BikeWhat We Ride: Nate's Cilo Road Bike


  • I still have my pristine original Cilo with full Shimano DuraAce gruppo – a present to myself upon graduation from UC Santa Barbara. Former UCSB Cycling Team Captain, Daryl Abrams, had opened VeloPro in Goleta and downtown Santa Barbara. I walked into the Goleta location one day in my street clothes to peruse his stable of fine exotic road bikes and he pointed me in the direction of the Cilo. I immediately loved the look of it. He shared with me the beautiful detailing and paint job, then offered a test ride and I looked at him and said, “Really, in this gear?” Soon, I was riding into downtown Santa Barbara with a not-so-brief detour through the tony enclaves of Hope Ranch… and afterwards along the hills of Montecito and back down Old San Marcos Pass on my ride back. Upon my return – roughly three hours later – drenched in sweat and an ear-to-ear grin etched across my face, I enthusiastically exclaimed to an astonished Mr. Abrams, “I’ll take it!” He gladly exchanged the black Turbo saddle with the white option to match the handlebar tape, per my request. I was now the proud owner of a bike used by team Cilo-Aufina; at a price greater than my first three cars, combined! I live in the Sacramento region now and often ride along the American River Bike Trail – starting and ending in Granite Bay. My vintage Cilo always gathers more attention and generates more queries than my DuraAce equipped, 14lb carbon fiber, Scott Addict!

    Greg Ingram on

  • Very nice! Once and for all…does it have an Italian or English bb. Heard all sorts of craziness.

    Paul Tougas on

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