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Italian Classics

Posted: Saturday 03rd April 2021

Author: Peter Underwood

After a visit to the Italian Legend Bicycles Museum at Pesaro on the Adriatic coast in Italy I realised that our Italian submissions were spread all over the website with no common location.  As a result we have created this new section called Italian Classics which will pull all of the available material together and give easier access to anyone trying to research what information we have on Italian bikes and their components. Below is an  image to give a taste of the Italian Legend Bicycles Museum (three more at bottom of page):


Cinelli 1963

Fiorelli 1954

Frejus 1951


Bianchi – the early years

Bianchi Paris-Roubaix


Cicli Gasparetto


Campagnolo bottom brackets and axles

Campagnolo QR on FB hubs

Campagnolo Record Hubs

Fiamme double-eyeletted hollow section rims

Fiamme sprint rims (2)

Campagnolo PortacatenaCampagnolo Delta brakes

Campagnolo gears

Campagnolo front gear changersCampagnolo ‘bar-end’ gear levers

Campagnolo open ‘C’

Campagnolo seat pin

Campagnolo special fittings

Cinelli M71 pedals

Cinelli stems and bars

Gian Robert gears

Nolicottaneo pedals

San Giorgio brakes

Unica saddle

Universal Brakes

Wood sprint rims


Our virtual museum of classic Italian machines with images, details of components, fittings, etc plus any known history.

Benotto Chromor 1978

Benotto 3000 1979

Bianchi Campione del Mondo 1952/3

Bianchi Campione del Mondo 1953

Bianchi Competizione 1962

Bianchi Folgorissima 1950

Bianchi ‘Paris Roubaix’ 1951

Bianchi ‘Paris Roubaix’ 1951 (2)

Bianchi Record 1972

Bianchi Specialissima 1960

Bianchi ‘Tour de France’ 1954

Bottecchia Professional 1971

Cinelli Corsa 1957/58

Cinelli Corsa model B c.1960Cinelli Super Corsa 1959

Cinelli Speciale Corsa track 1971

Cinelli Speciale Corsa 1972

Cinelli Super Corsa Legerissimo

Cimatti Cambio Corsa c.1949

Colnago Super 1972

Colnago Super ‘Giro d’Italia’ 1980s

Colnago Master X-Light Special 2002

Coppi track 1970

De Rosa ‘Molteni’ 1973

Fiorelli Campione del Mondo 1953

Frejus Super Campionissimo 1949

Frejus ‘Supercorsa M’ 1950/51

Frejus early 1960s

Ganna (Cambio Vittoria) 1933

Gloria La Garibaldina 1937

Legnano Pista 1960

Legnano Roma Olympiade 1967

Legnano – Mark Campbell’s comprehensive Legnano website

Maino Giovanni 1950

Pogliaghi ‘Ital Course’ 1976

Cicli Romeo 1938

Rossin SL 1982

COLNAGO timeline – trying to date Colnagos by frame number is next to impossible as the early frames had no numbering. Even since numbering was introduced in 1979 to comply with American regulations the systems seem very random. However, a useful help to dating can be found in the timeline at: 

CINELLI Timeline – Chuck Schmidt has also researched Cinelli for another of his valuable timelines.

A new London area classic bike club based in the Surrey region and with a special interest in Italian bikes (view the site to see more classic Italian machines) has been formed, more details from their new website:

Thanks for reading

Posted: Saturday 03rd April 2021

Author: Peter Underwood

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