Bike porn: Italian classics

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A selection of classic Italian racers that were on display in Sigma Sport in Kingston during the 2011 Giro. I love their lean, athletic elegance – if they were people, anthropologists would describe them as ‘gracile’. Modern bikes are more aggressively muscular by comparison; it’s like the difference between Carl Lewis and Ben Johnson.

I’m pretty sure the Bianchi is identical to the Coppi-era Paris-Roubaix I photographed at the Cycle Show last year. That one was used in the 1951 race and is now in the National Cycle Museum in Wales.


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One thought on “Bike porn: Italian classics

  1. Just found your blog and am lovin’ the posts, especially this one. I own a Benotto 3000 (among others) and it’s certainly my most treasured bike. A fair-weather ride only. I wrote an article about it for The Ride Journal which I’m hoping gets published in their next edition.

    The chrome lugs on the Bianchi are particularly pretty – Dave Moulton has a similar style. Agree with your obesrvation on modern bikes – “pumped” is the word that springs to mind. Like Arnie at the height of his body building career.

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