A stunning Gianni Motta model “pista inseguimento” with a 24″ front wheel is something rare to come across, especially if preserved and well kept as this one. Now, it’s even more rare… the frame have been autographed by Gianni Motta himself, that we tracked down and found doing some gardening at home! Now we know where you live Gianni, we’ll be back!
Our selection of pictures taken at Milanese expo and swap-meet of vintage cars&cycles, an event that since several years is taking place twice a year just next to the Linate Airport in Novegro. Mostly focused on engine-based items, but in the latest years, showing more and more interest on vintage bicycles. A good occasion to meet old and new friends, that gave us the opportunity to be inspired to start working on new projects and maybe new collaborations.
After all the rain that came down the previous day, we didn’t think it would be possible to have so much fun on Sunday. It was, however, a seriously great day with great people around. Thank you to all the friends that came down to Tuscany with us, especially to Gianmarco from 341 Production for the great photo shoot, thank you to all the people that made this happen, thank you to all the enthusiasts that participated, and thank you to Cicli Corsa for the support and of course for the really useful “Servizio Corse” Vespa. Here the link to our Gallery. Hope you’ll enjoy it.
You can consider yourself quite lucky if you’re able to put your hands on such vintage tube-set, even more if you already have in stock a bb shell, a serie of lugs and an original seat-post… Time to find a frame-builder and make something nice out of it.
Marino Super pista, made out of Columbus PS tubing in 1978. Francesco Marino (but often called Franco) is its maker. A man that for 40 years have been working as a framebuilder for most of the major brands of the north of Italy. Based in Treviglio, he was mostly working behind the scene, branding with his own name only a very few bikes. One example of his great craftmanship is this stunning and perfectly preserved ”Super Pista”. Extremely tight clearances, Columbus Pista Sprint (PS) reinforced tubing with oversize chain stays, and a “cromovelato” copper finish. Completely equipped with a Campagnolo Record pista gruppo. The bike was used by a local pro-rider mostly inside the velodrome of Dalmine, back in the late 70′s. Mr. Marino is retired now, after an entire life spent brazing bicycle frames.
One of the very few prototypes ever made, definitely one of the rarest Rossin ever. Probably made in the late 80′s. Early carbon fiber construction, performed by gluing together the two fiber shell of the main triangle of the frame. A steel rear triangle is then integrated to the body. Design to challenge in time trial competition and breaking time records in velodromes, equipped with a pair of 700 and 650 disc wheels and an aero fairing in the front. The stem is directly welded to the fork crown, and the handlebar was made and installed to fit inside such fairing. A nice piece of carbon fiber frame history, that we’re glad to be able to share it with you. A bike rare enough to make it quite difficult in finding much details about it. We also opened a picture gallery here. Not for sale.
Yesterday 9th of April, the “8 Tubi” show opened its door to public, offering on display a selection of frames, handmade especially for this event by some of the most important framebuilders of Italy. Featuring Dario Pegoretti, Tiziano Zullo, Giovanni Pelizzoli, Doriano De Rosa, Cicli Barco, Mattia Paganotti aka “Legor”, Daniel Merenji and the guys from the famous cycle shop in Milan, “La stazione delle biciclette” who are also the host of this event. It was a great opportunity for us to meet some good old friends, and of course to put our eyes on such beautiful creations. We enjoyed it very much and we definitely suggest to stop by if you’re in Milan for the “Salone del Mobile”, the show is taking place in “Viale Ortles 69 – Milan”. All frames will be sold by public auction on the 12th of April, and the earning will be donated to charity. Maybe is a good oppurtunity to bring home a real handcrafted piece of art. More information here. Enjoy a few pictures from last night.