BIANCHI Saetta, Vittoria Margheritta gearing system, 57cm (1933) – SOLD27/10/2022
BARTALI Corsa by Santamaria, Cervino gears, 59cm (1950-51) – SOLD28/10/2022
BIANCHI Folgore, Campagnolo Cambio Corsa, original paint, 56.5cm (1947) – SOLD
Bianchi is the world’s oldest bicycle-making company still in existence, founded in 1885 by Eduardo Bianchi in Milan, Italy. No doubt, Bianchi is the pioneer of bicycle development since the beginning:
-In 1885 Bianchi pioneered the use of equal-sized wheels with pneumatic rubber tires;
-Edoardo Bianchi designed first lady bike in 1895 and it was made for Queen Margaret;
-The Bianchi reputation began when the company sponsored Giovanni Tommasello, the winner of the Grand Prix de Paris in 1899, which evolves into Tour de France;
-Bianchi presented the first bicycle ever featuring a cardan joint transmission in 1901;
-They invented the front brake system in 1913;
-In 1914 Bianchi was a famous and reputed manufacturer: in just one year, production settled on extraordinary figures: 45.000 bicycles, 1.500 motorbikes and 1000 cars;
-In 1915, Bianchi produced a bike for the Army, equipped with wide-section tyres, folding frame and suspensions on both wheels.
Back in late 1930s, Tulio Campagnolo stood on a cold mountain top, and couldn’t unscrew the wing nuts on the rear wheel of his bike because his fingers were frozen. He enhanced his products while constantly seeking cutting-edge solutions. He invented the quick release hub and revolutionary gearing system called Campagnolo Cambio Corsa called also Campagnolo ”due leve” (two lewers) gearing system. To change gear the rider would:
-Reach back to the seat-stay and turn the higher mounted lever to release the rear wheel (The lever was in effect a extended quick release).
-The lower lever with a cage mounted over the chain is enabling the rider to select the sprocket he wanted by turning the lever.
-Once the chain was engaged on the correct sprocket the rider would stop backpedaling and turn the higher lever back to it’s locked position. This action would lock the wheel and release the changing fork.
-The rider could then pedal forward again and go on his merry way.
With this very rare milestone of the cycling history, we reached the top of what we can offer to the vintage bike collectors worldwide – Bianchi Folgore (No.B171534) from 1947, in fully original condition.
The ”Folgore” was Bianchi’s top of the line racing bike from 1939 till 1949. Extraordinary details of the steel frame makes you understand that Edoardo Bianchi was a medical tool engineer, before he started with bike manufacturing. The details like integrated headset, bottom bracket oil braze-on and top tube mounted seat post clamp with serial number underneath illustrate the painstaking work done in his factory. Equiped with original Campagnolo Corsa ”due leve” gearing system, original Bianchi cranks and pedals, Universal 361666 brakes and brake levers, Bianchi stem, Brooks saddle…
With this cycling milestone you can get an incredible experience how cycling heroes rode back in the golden era of cycling history or just to get a lot of attention at any historic cycling events. Similar bike was ridden by Fausto Coppi back in mid 1940s.
Frame & Fork: Bianchi Folgore, steel (serial no. B171534)
– seat tube (c-t): 56.5 cm
– top tube (c-c): 57.5 cm
– headset tube: 12.2 cm
– standover: 78 cm
Gearing system: Campagnolo Cambio Corsa ”Due leve”
Crankset: Bianchi, original (170mm, 49t)
Bottom bracket : Bianchi
Brakes: Universal 361666
Brake levers: Universal 361666
Headset: Bianchi integrated
Freewheel: Regina (4s)
Pedals: Bianchi (original)
Handlebar Tape: cloth (original)
Mudguards: Bianchi, original
Condition: Used, but good condition. Original paint and decals. Original setup (except tubulars). No cracks, no dents, not bent. All parts are working fine.
Price: SOLD (November 2022)