Mario Confente: Passion Personified

Road bike racing likely comes to most people’s minds when they think about sports in Italy. Given this strong association, it’s no wonder the country is birthplace to so many of cycling’s most legendary figures. Mario Confente – in a lifetime shorter than most – gained a prominent place in cycling’s pantheon as both racer…

Reparto Corse: Edoardo Bianchi & the History of Bianchi Bicycles

Many years ago, I was strolling through a garage sale early one Saturday morning when I stumbled upon a pile of vintage lightweight bike framesets and parts. There were quite a few nice finds in the mix: A minty fresh Peugeot PX-10, a Carlton with Reynolds 531 tubing, and a newer Raleigh frame and fork….

Bianchi Bicycles Image Gallery

Edoardo Bianchi and his namesake bicycle, motorcycle and automobile company have helped usher in modern transportation since 1885. That’s because Bianchi and his company’s “Reparto Corse” racing division were first to use several innovations that have since become cornerstone features of these transportation devices. Regarding bicycles, Bianchi was the first large-scale Italian manufacturer to incorporate…

Ugo De Rosa: Father of the Future

“I am a man who goes straight to the point… And, by force of habit, I never look back and count the years I have spent making frames. I prefer to look ahead because, after working for half a century, I am still convinced that the bicycle has room for improvement. And just as I…

Ernesto Colnago Photo Gallery

Ernesto Colnago was perhaps the greatest racing bicycle designer, builder and mechanic of the 20th century.  He started in 1945 at the prestigious Gloria Bicycle Company when just 13 years old. After apprenticing there, Colnago enjoyed a relatively brief racing career himself that ended with a horrible crash. This led to him opening a bicycle…

Ernesto Colnago: Fortune in Fracture and Ferrari

Bicycle racers face immense danger every time they swing their leg over the top tube, from broken bones to outright death. Some might even argue a severe bone break can be worse than death itself, for it can spell the end of one’s racing career.

Tech Specs: 1984 Colnago Super Pista

FRAME: Colnago Super Pista Columbus Tubing Minimalist Lugs Clover Head Lug Engraving Dual Colnago Seat Stay Engravings Chrome Stay Ends FORK: Colnago Super Pista Columbus Tubing “C” Clover Engraving Elegant Square Crown Minimalist Pointed Tangs HEADSET: Campagnolo Record, 1″ diameter HANDLEBAR: TTT Pista, deep drop, 39cm length STEM: TTT Pista, steep angle, 115mm length SADDLE:…

The Mystique of Masi: From Vigorelli to Volumetrica

Since the dawn of competitive bicycle racing, Italian frame builders have produced some of the world’s most painstakingly crafted and sought after machines. Of all the Italian brands desired by bicycle aficionados, vintage Masis turn up high or even highest on the list.