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I love Italian machinery. The Giro di Italia is my favorite race of the year 'cause all the Italian teams ride the coolest bikes. I know some of my fellow Alfisti must have some pretty nice people-powered Italian machines.

Here's mine. A 1983 Gianni Motta Criterium. Super Record gruppo, Modolo brakes and Modolo carbon fiber shifters - one of the first cf bike parts on the market. Campagnolo Neutron front wheel - my original Fiammi rim finally gave out.


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Yup, Italian bikes really are cool. My personal mount is a 2001 Torelli Brianza (Columbus Zona tubing), Campagnolo Zonda wheels, Campy Chorus/Veloce combo drivetrain, Deda stem and bar, Easton carbon seatpost and Selle Italia Prolink Gelflow saddle. I know Torelli is technically a California company, but the frames are welded up in San Marino. The only non-Italian parts on my bike are the Easton seatpost and the Shimano SPD-SL pedals which I like for the low profile but large platform.

It is a really smooth bike, and handles my 195 lb body without fuss. I have done a number of events on it (and have a metric century this weekend in fact). Probably not the best climbing bike at around 20 lbs, but I can still drag it up the hills OK.

You mention Italian teams and Italian bikes. The two don't necessarily go hand in hand. Look at Lampre-Caffita (last year's Saeco) who ride Cannondales. Domina Vacanze rides Specialized. But yeah, you have Liquigas on Bianchis, Fassa Bortalo on Pinarello, Aqua and Sapone on Moser, etc.

Non-Italian teams ride Italian bikes too, like Gerolsteiner on Willier-Triestina and various teams on Colnagos.

I like euro bikes in general, be they French Times, Belgian Merckx, etc. I don't know what I will get when it comes time for a new bike years from now. The problem is that the cool stuff costs a lot of $$$$$.

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Unfortunatly for me it seems to be the roadies that get to ride all the nice italian equipped bikes. Being a Mud Plugger & have to stick with British, American, German & Japanese parts.




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I have a Bianchi Pista in battleship grey. Yes I know it is made in taiwan but it wasn't too expensive and its sort of nice not having a home made fixed gear special. I did fit a front brake but I like to stop quickly in addition to sprint quickly - and I've found being able to stop quickly is useful in city traffic. Another odd thing about the bike - hidden on one of the tubes near the bb - there's a decal saying 100% chick designed with a cartoon baby chicken.
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After reading this thread, I googled "Italian Bicycles" and found this website. It's pretty cool.

http://www.virtualitalia.com/sports/bike_manuf.shtml

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I love Italian bikes but I cant recall which ones are considered to be the best?

bianchi?colnago?coppi?

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I ride a US/Italian hybrid that some would consider sacreligious - zigzag built my old Trek up with Campy Centaur components and scirocco wheels. Good compromise of price and performance for the riding that I do.
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I love Italian bikes but I cant recall which ones are considered to be the best?

bianchi?colnago?coppi?
I think the Colnago would be my choice, but I have always been partial to the lugs on DeRosa's

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I ride a US/Italian hybrid that some would consider sacreligious - zigzag built my old Trek up with Campy Centaur components and scirocco wheels. Good compromise of price and performance for the riding that I do.
There nothing wrong with that. The last road bike I bought is a IBIS Sonoma with Campy Chorus-10. I love that bike.
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Italian road irons

While the Richard Sachs is not strictly speaking an Italian bike, it is considered by many to be a sort of reverse-engineered Masi. The GIOS is however thoroughly Italian and rides as comfy as an old armchair. As long as the frames are lugged steel and the gruppo is vintage Campagnolo, who cares what maker is? A vintage steel bicycle is almost as elegant and sporty as a vintage Alfa and it's easy to believe that there would be plenty of cross-over between Alfa lovers and fans of bicycles and cycle sport. Don't forget to check eBay frequently to get your Alfa jerseys!
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i have had one of those jerseys for about 12yrs. it used to fit. i have an olmo (full campy), a pdm concorde (full campy) sean kelly rode one, i have boxes of old record stuff if anyone needs something gimmie a holler. zigzag
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BTW, hey jim! whassuupp! zigzag
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Here's the frame I'm riding now. http://www.tommasini.com/eng/telai/tecno.html
I love nice lugs.

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new bike

new ride (new to me anyway) zigzag
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very nice combo there

Current: 89' Milano Gold(sold)
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