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Masi mod. Special - professionally restored. Handmade in Milan in 1968 and still equipped with the original components, featuring Campagnolo 151 BCD crankset, Campagnolo Record rear derailleur and Universal brakes mod. 61. A bicycle to be considered a collector's item, due to its rarity, to the original parts that come with it.
Another beauty in Masi’s collection was showned to me during my visit just before Christmas. With this bike Fiorenzo Magni won his last Giro d’Italia in 1955. Magni recently turned 90 years old (we’ve talked about it before) and he approved of the great job made to restore this legendary bike, part of the great collection in Alberto’s workshop in Milan. Every single detail is as in 1955, gears, decals, even the bar tape. It is impossible to not feel the passion that has been used to make the bike look the way you can see in these pictures. Made by the father and restore it by the son.
If you go to visit Alberto Masi in his own workshop in Via Arona in Milan or, if you prefer, under one of the bankings of the Vigorelli velodrome, you will have the chance to check out many beautiful things. One of them is the bike made in 1969 by Masi for Eddy Merckx after he joined the Faema team. This beauty has been completely restored by Mr. Alberto a couple of years ago and ever since you will find it in good company in his workshop, according to him this was the time trial version, easily recognizable by the job that was made on the rear chain stays, to have a more rigid back. Fully equipped with a Campagnolo Nuovo Record Group-set and Cinelli handlebar and stem. There is one more bike that i want to show you from my Masi visit. It will come soon.
I’m surely not the first one to tell this story, but being in Masi’s workshop and being in front of a legendary track bike made by Faliero Masi in 1946 for a real champion such as Aldo Bini, was an experience that I needed to share. In 1940 Bini was a professional cyclist for the ‘Viscontea’ in Milan, but at that time they didn’t have a real “Reparto Corse” as Bianchi or Legnano, so Bini, that knew Mr. Masi (because they came from the same region in Tuscany) invited him to work in Milan for the first time. He moved and started building frames for the Viscontea team in Milan Bovisa in via la Masa, and later, in 1943 Faliero was called up by the famous Learco Guerra and he was promised the possibility to skip the military service during the second world war in exchange for working for them. He stayed there ’til ’48-’49 when he decided to open his own workshop in Milan, in Via Michelino da Besozzo. After a few months he moved again, thanks to the friendship with the director of the velodrome of that time, Mr. Belloni. But this time was the last one, cause you can still find a Masi under the curves of the Vigorelli. In 1946 Aldo Bini was a rider for the Ganna team and he asked his friend Faliero to build the perfect track frame for him, this one showed in these pictures is the final result that of course was branded ‘Ganna’. A real masterpiece, owned by a champion and made by a genius.